Last school year I was fortunate enough to stay home with my baby boy Landon. If you have been following my blog and on facebook, you know that I took a very long break from blogging and making TpT materials.
It was tough being MIA for so long but well worth it to spend as much time as possible with my baby. Landon recently turned 1 (where the heck did the time go?!) and it is beyond fascinating to see him grow and change every single day. I had to include one of my favorite pics of Landon from his 1st birthday!
Being a “speech mommy”, I can’t help but be amazed to see him reach so many awesome speech and language milestones. I actually keep Danielle’s (from Sublime Speech) communication checklist handy to refer to whenever he does something new! Be sure to check out the awesome FREE list by clicking the link above! It’s also the perfect resource to use at my job…which leads me to…
How I am adjusting to a new school year and what’s been going on in my speech room….
Of course it wasn’t easy going back to work full time and leaving Landon, however; he is in the best hands with close friends and family which makes things so much easier! I was also really pumped to get back to the career that I love so much! I am back in the same elementary school working with the preschool population (WHICH I LOVE)! My preschool caseload is majority non-verbal, children with autism, and other disabilities. It is certainly a challenge at times, but who doesn’t love a good challenge?! I am constantly looking for new resources, activities, and doing research to stay up to date with the best treatment/therapy techniques to use with the little ones. The year before I went out on maternity leave, I was trained in PECS. I was really excited about it and now am even more excited because I am actually using my training. Many of my students already had communication books set in place. I’m sure I will have more blog posts and information to share as the year goes on and as my students progress!
Once a week I push in to the preschool classes to do a group speech lesson. I love planning and searching for fun ideas to do with all of them! I am a big fan of cooking and crafts for these lessons because not only do they target SO MANY goals but it also keeps them engaged in the activity! It’s not always the easiest thing to come up with in class lessons just because some of my students have limited motor skills and many are non-verbal. I really have to think out of the box and rely on visuals for these lessons. Felice over at Thedabblingspeechie created an unbelievable AAC starter kit which I recently used during my in class lesson of Pumpkin Play Doh!!
I will be writing a post soon about this lesson and including a lot more pictures!
Here are a few of the other activities I have used so far with my preschoolers…
Jenna from Speech Room News’ interactive books are AMAZING!! I own them ALL and my student’s can not get enough of them!
5 Little Pumpkins Book and Activity
Falling Leaves:Phonology Activities by SRN was a fabulous activity that I’ve used multiple times! It targets Final Consonant Deletion, Fronting, Stopping, Gliding, Cluster Reduction, and Syllable Deletion. For my student’s I used this activity for picture ID, making choices, verbs, following directions, and requesting!
“There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat” Book and Activity
I love these books so much and they are perfect for my little preschoolers! I can target prepositions (“IN her mouth”), following directions, object ID, nouns, verbs, and more! I got the cards from Erin from Creating and Teaching.
Finally, I got these adorable “monsters” from Dollar Tree (I LOVEEEEE DOLLAR TREE!). I let my students’ choose one and we add the stickers to create a face and some accessories. We worked on identifying body parts, following directions, colors, etc.
So happy to be back to the blogging world!!! Be sure to check back soon for another post on my in class lessons! I hope you enjoyed this post and can use some of the ideas in your own speech room!