Since we start school in the summer, I decided to start off with a beach theme. So of course I had to use There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell. I've found with companion packets that I end up needing to buy 2 different packets so that I hit the targets that my kids are working on. This past week, I read the book with my 1st - 5th graders, and they played the following as games: (From Simply Speech)
We also played the open-ended game, and my Kindergarten students completed the mini-book from Crazy Speech World's Companion Packet. (I forgot to take pictures!)
Since I'm at a new/old school (I'm back at a school that I left 2 years ago), I don't know most of the students. I'm trying to feel my way with some of them as far as exactly where they are with their speech/language skills.
Preschool Walk-in and Kindergarten
I started off 2 weeks ago using Ten Little Fish (Audrey Wood). The students followed directions by coloring the big, medium sized, or small fish from Ocean Part 3 (3 Dinosaurs).
We followed that with the ocean sheet from Structured Sentence Building (Queen's Speech). It was perfect to use with these girls, and with the ocean theme! (Gotta love it when that happens!)
Somewhere in the past 2 weeks, we read Crabs everywhere (Chapel Hill Snippets) and worked on the carrier phrase, "Crabs on/under the ____."
I think the year has started off pretty well. Next week I will only see some of my afternoon students since I'll be involved with Kindergarten Mass Screenings for most of the week. That means I'll be pulling games off of the shelf!
What activities do/did you use start your year?