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3 Inexpensive, Quick Tips for Teaching Old and New


Thanksgiving is a great time for teaching the concepts old and new! You can have fun doing this using felt, which is inexpensive, quick to prepare and can be used from year to year. Best of all, it lets you reinforce short-lived classroom vocabulary while teaching concepts that can be used over and over again.

3 inexpensive quick tips for fun movement activities in speech/language therapy for Thanksgiving and year round!
Felt boards are one of my favorite kinds of activities for young students since they learn best when manipulating objects and moving around. And it is inexpensive and quick to set up! You don’t even need to buy an expensive felt board to use felt activities. Just go to your local fabric store and buy a large piece of felt in your favorite color.

1. Get Your Felt Board Ready

- If you have a corkboard on your wall, tack it there.

- If you don’t, get a dowel or yardstick at any craft or hardware store. Roll the edge of the felt piece over it and glue the ends together. Make sure that the ends of the dowel stick out far enough past the edges of the felt that you can tie the ends of a cord on each side. Yarn and string will also work.

- Attach it to your wall with a nail, to a magnetic board using a strong magnetic clip that can grip the cord, to the hooks that are above the old fashioned blackboards, over a doorknob…..

It is easy to make and hang your own felt board!
You get the idea- you can make it work! But, since this is Looks Like Language, here is a photo of a really funny wall hanging that my daughter-in-law gave to me. See that the dowel goes through the seam and has a cord tied on? Presto- instant wall hanging!

2. Make your felt sets.

While felt sets for sale are adorable, don’t despair if you can’t afford them! And you don’t have to painstakingly cut out pieces of felt, either.

Just take any unlaminated pictures you want to use and glue them to pieces of felt with regular school glue. Spread it thin, let it dry and you have an instant felt set!

3. Fun activities with movement built in!

Thanksgiving is a perfect time for teaching concepts in speech therapy!
1)  Have the students label the pictures they want to place on the felt board. Use additional pictures, like the old and new houses in the photo, and you have a sorting task for old and new.

2) Put all of the felt pictures on the board. Ask a question and let a student go find the answer.

3)  Give some clues about one of the pictures and see if the student can find which one you are talking about- an instant activity for building inference skills!

4)  Glue the pictures onto square pieces of felt, make duplicates, and you have a movement memory game.

Thanksgiving themed fun with felt in speech/language therapy.
      5)  Turn one set of pictures over so that the photo doesn’t show. Let your students take turns throwing a beanbag at the felt wall so that a picture falls down. If they use their target skill correctly, they get to keep the picture. When all of the pictures have fallen, the student with the most collected is the winner.  

       6)  Bring the same old and new pictures back in the winter to review. Use a soft fabric snowball for the same activity and you have indoor snowball play!

7)   Make your life even easier and check out these great Thanksgiving activities at varying levels!

Happy Thanksgiving!


5 NO COST Tips to Help STOP Summer Time Lag!


Did you know that students who don’t keep expanding their vocabulary over the summer come back to school in the fall lagging behind their peers who continued learning?

5 No Cost ways to stop summertime lag by Looks Like Language
It is just one way to measure growth, but is closely tied to many skills needed for school success.

Parents, what you do with your children at home is so important! You CAN help your kids to be better prepared for school each and every year. These ideas are NO COST, but they do take a bit of time. And you don't even need to leave your home for most of these!

5 tips to help stop that summertime lag!

Talk to your kids with higher level vocabulary!
1. Vocabulary:

Choose a word of the week and give a thumbs up for every time one of your kids uses that word in a sentence. The winner earns an easy prize:

• Stay up 15 minutes later (or in bed later in the morning)
• Choose the next cereal to be bought
• 1 chore to be shared by the other kids one time
• A star next to their name on a piece of paper on the fridge

2. Play word games:

Take turns:
-naming something in a category that starts or ends with a letter.
-describing something until someone guesses it.
-going through the alphabet to name an item you would find in a place.

Try having your child read to you!
3. Read:

Reading is the most important thing you can do! If your kids totally resist trips to the library, try these ideas:

     • Try a manga (comic strip pictures)      book.
     • Read the comics together if you get a paper or have computer access.
     • Make something your family loves to eat and have your kids read the recipe to you.

It doesn't matter what you read, just read!
• Have your kids read the labels at
the store to find out how much sugar
or salt are in the food.
• Find a show or movie with subtitles 
that you have free access to and 
take turns reading the script.


Remember, just read!

Tell stories! Kids especially love to hear about when you got in trouble!
4. Tell a story:


      For school practice, the stories have to have a beginning, middle and end that are connected by a main idea. Try these ideas:

     * At a shared meal, tell something about your day.
     * Tell a story about something that you will always remember.
     * Tell about the worst time you ever had at (place.)     
      * Tell about a time you got in trouble when you were little.
     * Tell about the last episode of their favorite tv show. Does it make sense even if you haven’t seen the show?

Tell a wish/hope story, like:
      - If I could travel anywhere...
-If I won a shopping spree at my favorite store...
-If I invented a _____...
-If I was stranded on an island...
-If I had a personal robot...



Your kids are never too young to talk to!
5. TALK!
Remember, your kids are NEVER 
too little to talk to. 
That is how they learn!


Whatever you do, just keep on talking!
Have a great summer!
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