Showing posts with label Literacy and Narratives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Literacy and Narratives. Show all posts

3 Rhyming Games That Are Fun and Easy! Rhyme Time! Week 4

Have you been having fun with rhyming? I sure hope so! If you missed the other parts of this free rhyming set, as well as my ideas for how to incorporate word play in daily life, start by clicking here.


Looks Like Language has free downloads for parents, too
Now that your children are familiar with rhyming, maybe you'd like to try some challenges! Ask the question and then the children can take turns providing a starting word. 

Be sure to talk about which WORD has the most/least rhymes, NOT which child guessed the best. This helps with keeping it a collaborative family game instead of a sibling fight.

1.  What do you think is the biggest number of rhymes we can make?
(After the challenge: "Great going, guys! We met the challenge!"
OR, "Good try, everyone! That word was harder to rhyme than we thought!")

2. What word is the hardest to rhyme?
(After the challenge: "That was a hard one! We couldn't come up with real words, so let's try some silly ones and see how many of those we can name.")

3. How many real/silly/both rhymes can we make for all the names in our family? Which name do you think will be the easiest? Hardest?

I know you are having fun now! But be sure to download the last set of free picture cards, too!

Enjoy!


Linda

Rhyme Time! Week 3 Freebie

It is Rhyme Time! Since I feel very committed to helping children, I've made a series of easy to play games that can be used by parents, SLPs, SPED and PreK teachers to help build children's literacy skills. This week, there's another rhyming set available to download for free!

Playing with rhymes helps kids get ready for reading! Free download from Looks Like Language.
Why rhyming? It is one of the important pre-reading skills that children need to have! Download this free part of the set here and keep coming back every week to get the rest of the set. 

RHYMING TIP:

When you are playing around with the sounds in words, like in this rhyming set, encourage children to pay attention to their tongues and mouth. When you start the rhyming pairs, the beginning sounds are different. What did they do that made it different? Maybe one sound used lips (like 'pear') and the next word used their tongues (like 'tear'.)

Are you an educator looking for something more in depth?

Take a peek at my rhyming games at my store! There are 66 different pictures in this set, so you can differentiate more easily for groups and even build vocabulary with the less common words. Click here to check it out.

Enjoy!
Linda

Rhyme Time! Week 2 Freebie

Who doesn't love a good Dr. Seuss book, full of rhymes? Theodor Seuss Geisel was a brilliant man whom we should all be grateful for. His funny creatures and entertaining rhymes have taught many children to read!

Easy tips to help your child with pre reading skills. Be ready for school!
The power of rhyming is well known, and it is something that parents can easily learn how to fit into their regular routines with their kids.  Just liven up a boring task with a word game and you will be helping your child to be more ready for school!

Don't forget to start a night time routine for a short story or book, either!

Now, I'm not claiming to have the sparkling wit of Dr. Seuss, but this free download will help you get started playing word games with your kids.

Want more tips for word games? Start at the beginning of the summer series here.

What are your favorite books for kids?

Enjoy- Linda

Rhyme Time! Week 1 Freebie

Summer is for fun, and who says that rhyming games can't be fun? Playing word games with your kids over the summer is a great way to help them keep their skills strong for back to school time!

There are free printable word games on this blog all summer long! If you missed the last set, start here to play with beginning and ending sounds.

Learn tips to help kids withe pre-reading skills at Looks Like Language!
This week's download starts off a rhyme series. The picture are adorable, so keep coming back all summer to get the complete set!

Don't forget to play rhyming games in the car, too! 


Start with basic games:
- Do a round robin where one person starts with a simple one syllable rhyming word like  'at.'  Everyone takes turns naming a rhyming until someone runs out of ideas. See if you can beat your last group score!

Make it harder:
-  Play a game for giving clues for something you can see around you. first give a rhyming clue. Then give a describing clue. Then tell what it is for. Three strikes and you are out!

"I'm thinking of something that rhymes with 'grouch.'
It is (color.)
You sit on it."

For older kids:
Play the same games but use 2 or 3 syllable words only!

Kids love this fun that builds articulation or phonics skills!
Are you seriously in the business of helping students with their pre-reading skills? Try this fun game with 48 different picture cards!

What word games does your family like to play?

Enjoy- Linda

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!

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity Week 3

You might be saying to yourself, "What is phonological awareness, anyway? What happened to phonics instruction?" 

Well, phonics instruction still exists, but your kids will be a lot better prepared for it if you have fun with sounds in play before they get to school age!
Help your child with pre-reading skills! Find out more at Looks Like Language!

FUN FACT 1:
Phonemes are the sounds, not the letters of the alphabet, that make up a language.

FUN FACT 2:
Children need a lot of practice listening to and playing with the sounds of our language before they are ready to attach them to the alphabet and written language.

FUN FACT 3:
If your child has difficulty pronouncing a sound, playing games to build skills for listening and identifying the sound can be helpful in learning to say the sound more clearly!

So, what are you waiting for? Download the free Beginning and Ending Sounds Activity and get started! If you missed the prior weeks, get started with the first download here.

If this got you curious, you can read more about the difference between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics at my friend Sarah's blog, Speech is Beautiful! 

Enjoy! Linda

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity- Week 1

Have fun practicing the phonological processes of initial or final sound omissions, work on phonological awareness skills, or just have fun being creative and let your students find ways that the pictures are the same or different! There are so many ways to make use of this free download!


Have fun with beginning and ending sounds with this free phonology download from Looks like Language!

Come back every week for a month and you will have a complete, free packet! Or if you prefer, join my newsletter to get the entire, complete set in one download (along with some extras!) 

This month, my newsletter followers are getting a bonus open ended game board. 

Open ended activities are so useful when you have make up sessions to do and have to group kids with a hodgepodge of goals!

Download the first week's set here.


Rhyming and Articulation skills in one fun bundle packed full of picture cards!
Do you need some more fun sound practice for articulation and phonology skills? Check out Speech Therapy Games and Activities for Final Consonants & Rhymes

There are many pictures, sorting mats, worksheets and a fun game to keep your students practicing over and over again! 

One buyer said, "What a brilliant idea! The kids enjoy it!" And I'm sure yours will, too!

Enjoy the freebie! Linda

5 Important Reasons to Combine Books & Play in Therapy


Books and play are my two favorite therapy methods, so what could be better than combining the two? Sometimes people think that all SLPs do is play, so how hard could that be? They’d be surprised if they tried to accomplish specific goals in maybe an hour or so a week!

5 benefits to combining books and play in speech/language therapy.

5 benefits of combining books and play in therapy:


1. Kids who are engaged are more willing to learn.

2.  Using play and the language for play also helps improve their symbolic thinking skills.

3. Using adapted books helps them understand and engage with books, improving their literacy skills.

4. Using therapy methods and materials that are part of their environment helps to promote generalization or carry-over.

5. They are both so much fun!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
Spring is a fun time for incorporating a cloud/rain theme to go along with the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” My favorite book to use for that theme?  It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw.

Adapting the book
Did you know that there is a great website from the Baltimore City School system that has Boardmaker symbols for books all ready to download? For FREE! What a huge timesaver if you have Boardmaker already installed!

Get the list of all of the adapted books here
Or you can start with the downloadable zip files, starting with the letter A here.

Unfortunately, It looked like Spilt Milk used to be available, but no longer is. Maybe I should make that freebie for my newsletter members- what do you think?

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!

Games & Skills



Since VISUAL DISCRIMINATION SKILLS are a must for any students using a symbol system to communicate, the shape matching nature of this book makes it a great choice to use with students who are developing literacy skills. Additional shape matching activities can be found in the book companion at my store.

You know that I loved using Ellison cutters when I was in the schools (free), and now many people are buying home versions like Sizzix or Cricut machines (expensive.)

No worries, though, as you can just download the free cloud shapes here and do some old fashioned tracing and cutting on construction paper instead.

Cloud faces with basic EMOTIONS are always cute to use!

Make a pile face down, elicit a target from your student and then let them choose from the pile. If you have 4 emotions, you can have 4 winners!
Instead of picking randomly from a pile, stack each emotion in a deck and students can take turns requesting the emotion card they want.

Clouds with different colors, sizes, and shapes add DESCRIPTIVE WORDS to their language!

MIXED GROUPS- Try using tape or fun-tack to attach other pictures to the back of the cloud shapes. In the picture, I have pieces to a Sesame Street puzzle attached to use as a puzzle token board. The student knew that when the puzzle was completed, the task was done.
Give each student a set of their own clouds with their specific targets. Place the free cloud page that you downloaded in a page protector so students have to cover all of the shapes.

SPEECH SKILLS- Tape pictures with the target sounds on the back or write the word using a dry erase marker on the clouds if they are laminated. Easy!

LANGUAGE SKILLS- It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just cut out the pictures from a worksheet that you can give for homework and tape them on the back to practice first!

Have fun with Spilt Milk at Looks Like Language! Freebie, too!
There are so many more fun activities in my book companion. Besides giving little ones an easy way to start using the strategy of looking back in the text to recall story details, there are a cute open-ended game board, and rhyming and phonology activities, too. 

But I think my favorite is the cloud shape matching boards! Check it out here!

Enjoy!

Spring Fun Freebie 1

Spring is such a welcomed season after a long winter! When everything starts to grow, bunnies, chicks and eggs are a natural theme. 

Have some open ended printable spring fun- free from Looks Like Language!

Download this open ended free set and have some fun! Just click here for the first part of the complete packet with printable games and worksheets.

If you'd like to get the complete packet in one download, consider signing up for my newsletter that comes once or twice a month. No spam, I promise.


Have some spring literacy fun with this adapted book activity set from Looks Like Language!
For more spring fun, build some literacy skills with this cute repetitive text adapted book at my store.

There are lots of activities and picture support built in to make your mixed level groups easier!

Enjoy! Linda

9 Great Tips for Adapting Materials You Already Own!


Therapy doesn’t always have to be expensive, if you use materials you already have around the house creatively! It also helps if you have garage sales in your neighborhood or if you know people that have kids. Don’t be afraid to ask them to let you go through their kids’ toys and books before they get rid of them!

9 Tips: Adapt Materials for Therapy that You Already Own!
Adapting items you have takes a little time, but building up a supply of activities around a theme makes working with mixed-level groups much easier! Being able to mix and match the materials for different groups’ needs also keeps you from having to do the exact same activity all day long. 


These examples have a pet theme, so fun to do at any time of the year.
Garage sales are great for getting together a theme.


Tip 1: ORGANIZE AND KEEP COLLECTING!

Buy some inexpensive boxes to keep the toys and books you’ve found for each theme all in one place. Add to the theme as you find more inexpensive items.


Puzzles with separate pieces are worth spending some money on.
Tip 2: GET SOME PUZZLES!

If you have students with low-level skills or minimal language, puzzles that have separate pieces of whole items are worth spending some money on.

Students can:
• Request the pet they want to place. (labeling)
• Find the pet that makes the sound. (auditory skills)
• Find the pet who swims, flies, etc.  (action vocabulary)
• Find the pet who eats carrots, wears a collar, etc.  (word association skills)
• Request a black pet, a flying pet, etc. (describing)


Adapt your books and collect containers for play.
Tip 3: BOOKS! MUST HAVE BOOKS!

Find varied books on that theme with different levels and great pictures. This will let you build literacy skills while choosing the book that is easiest to elicit the specific language each group is working on.

Tip 4: ADAPT

Taping symbols over the book text to adapt it to be a simple repetitive book is simple to do. Just adapt the size of the symbols so that the original text is covered and use a wide roll of clear tape that extends past the paper to hold it firmly in place. The book in the photo is still in good shape after 20+ years. Don’t use school tape, though, as it will yellow and peel.

Tip 5: USE BOOKS TO BUILD SYMBOLIC PLAY!
Playing 'feed the animals' is fun!

The book in the photo has repetitive text for what the pets eat. Use craft glue to put small pieces of the foods in the bottom of empty, clean plastic fruit cups. It dried clear, keeping the pieces from falling out and kids from trying to eat them. 

After each page, students put the toy animal in the matching food cup to ‘feed’ them. It makes reading fun and brings the language to life!


Tip 6: MIX & MATCH
Having many items in the same theme to mix and match is so useful!

       • Therapy stays interesting.
       • There’s lots of opportunities to label and use or expand language skills.
       • Combining items in different ways aids generalization.
        • Building skills with different play combinations helps students to develop symbolic play.

A shoebox makes a great pet house for play!
Tip 7: SAVE YOUR SHOEBOXES

(Honestly, I am not a shoe shopaholic but 
little kids grow into new sizes quickly!)
Admittedly, it can be a pain to cut through shoeboxes, but they offer such inexpensive ways to incorporate hands-on fun with lots of language!

After warming up by labeling the pets with 
the puzzle, you can have some pretend play!
"The animals are inside, but they are hungry. Let’s take them out."
 "Who wants to eat first?"
"I think I hear “meow.” What is it? 
Let's open the door!"

You can emphasize concepts, sentence structure, question words, auditory skills, you name it!
Students who are minimally verbal can respond using the pet symbols you made by taking photos of the puzzle pieces, or the puzzle pieces themselves.


Turn worksheets into interactive fun!
Tip 8: TURN WORKSHEETS INTO PLAY!

Worksheets with pictures are great to turn into hands-on activities.

In the photo, you can see examples of:

     • Sticker activities that are laminated and turned into a pet shop game. One set is an enlarged version so that the students had to specify the big/little pet.

     • Shape matching pages turned into a game.

     • Hidden picture pages put into a page protector to make a matching activity using pet symbols. The pictures of the hidden animal were colored in this set for a student who was just beginning to visually discriminate.

• A trading card plastic page that was adapted with symbols for students to match the associated pet and say the sentence.

Construction paper is a basic school supplied material- use it!
Tip 9: USE ANY SUPPLIES 
YOUR SCHOOL OFFERS!

My school had Ellison cutters and construction paper available. Adding pet photos on the back before laminating made a simple game. Students requested the color cat or dog and then turned it over. 

The visual support helped the minimally verbal students form a sentence while the more verbal students used correct grammar in 
their productions.


Thematic materials are great for building speech/language skills!
As always, TpT can save you so much time with high-quality materials! 

Check out my Adapted Books: PETS Themed Activities and add your own toys for some interactive fun!


Enjoy!
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