Week in Review: 04/11/2014

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Week in Review is a weekly linky party.  I know there are several speech bloggers that highlight their weekly activities, so I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place.  Sounds convenient, right?  Click on the "Week in Review" tab above to get the details.

I went a little crazy with "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick"  (by Lucille Colandro):  I have 3 companion packets, plus I snagged some materials from 3 Dinosaurs for my little ones.  

   Five Minute Day:
I used the Homework Packet for the book from Simply Speech, and it was FREE! The kids looked through the book for words that have their sound in it.
For another station, I used a new app (to me):  Articulation Scenes by Smarty Ears.

We used "Find the hidden items" as the listening station.  It was something different for them.
For my large groups, I put this on the Smartboard:
It is an attendance activity that I modified by splitting the fish bowl into 3 different sections (beginning, middle, and end), and put /r/ words under the fish.  They moved the fish (and the word) into the correct section of the board.  

  Inclusion Preschool
I read the book "Splosh" by Mick Inkpen.  I came to school not totally prepared, but I knew that I wanted to do "Umbrella Man" (that I did last week with my walk-in preschoolers).  I ran by the library right before my first group and frantically asked the librarian if she had a book appropriate for preschool that had to do with rain.  The book turned out to be just about perfect:  I was able to throw in some concepts and some reasoning.  
  Pull-out Preschoolers
My little guys work really hard on Wednesday!  We read "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick", did a little sequencing, picture matching, sorting eggs & candy, comprehension questions, What Comes Next, AND saying complete sentences ("She eats a ____.")  And, if that wasn't enough, we also went through a "book" for them to take home and "re-read" with their parents.

(Materials were from book companion packets from Mindy Stenger, Jennifer Hanson, and Simply Speech.  I also threw in some activities from 3 Dinosaurs.)

I pulled out a new game for my artic preschooler:  Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur.  It was a HIT!  Really cute:  when the student rolls a dinosaur on one of the die, you wind up the dinosaur.  He goes straight, then spins around before going on his way while stopping to spin.  If a pawn is knocked down or moved off of his space, that pawn goes back to start.

  Kindergarten Language
We read the book, sequenced, and answered comprehension questions.

What else would I have used but the gameboard from Mindy Stenger's book companion?  

 I saw this idea on Speech Musing's blog and knew I had to try it with a couple of my new preschoolers. 
This worked LIKE A CHARM!  I was surprised at how quickly they both caught on.  One of the little guys sat in his chair for almost the whole session.  At the end of the session, I got a toy and was going to put it on the floor, but he went back to the table and sat down in his chair!  I'm going to put the box on cardstock and add an "all done" at the end. I don't know if this is absolutely necessary, but it will help them to know that when they've done all of the activities, they're ready to go! 

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  1. I am so jealous you have a Smart Board!! I am going to have to check out that "Splosh" book! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. I am very interested in where you get your smartboard ideas! I have one in my new room and really unsure of how to fully utilize it!

    1. I use "Smart Exchange" quite a bit. I have several attendance activities that I modified for speech; it's really easy to do!

  3. Yipee! I finally added my week in review! Thanks for being patient. You week was packed full of goodness!


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