Hello! Welcome back to Monae’s Speech House.
March is here and that’s a signal that we’ve turned the corner on winter and it’s time to breathe some fresh life into a month which is typically a time of transformations (hence the new look on my blog which is still a little under construction, but hang tight because the wait will be worth it).
This year the spring equinox falls on March 19th, which is earlier than it’s been in over a century! It’s almost like a sign that life, including the flowers and all other living creatures, have been asleep for too long and they are ready to scream from the tops of the hills, “I’m here! I’m alive. I’m ready to come out and bring my special gifts to the world!”
Everyone has a purpose in life… a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals. ~ Deepak Chopra
I’m also hoping Monae’s Speech House will be similar in that my goal is to share my experience and wisdom with parents, teachers, and SLPs who are looking for effective, practical, and easy ideas on how to improve speech and language skills with children, especially the early childhood population.
If you’re looking for ways to increase a child’s speech and language skills or would like some simple tips on behaviors and parenting during those difficult moments, Monae’s Speech House is here for you.
Now back to what will be happening in my speech room this week!
I work with a large population of early childhood students, so I like to keep it play-based, literacy-based, and ALWAYS engaging. Four of my favorite books to use are Pat Pat Where Is Your Hat, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover, How To Catch A Leprechaun, and a simple repetitive Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See.
This Super Fun interactive St. Patrick’s Day book will give you and your students lots of opportunities to work on receptive & expressive language skills! Repetitive rhymes help with increasing participation with verbal skills.
And who doesn’t like The Old Lady Who Swallowed books? If you have the dolls, it’s fun to feed them real objects, if not, no problem because TpT has many sellers who have created resources to go with this story. Another option, if you’re a bit techie, is to scan the pictures, size them smaller, then print and laminate, then feed them to the Old Lady via a puppet or a picture.
How easy are these BUILT-IN CARRIER PHRASES? Lift the St. Patrick flap and all of your targeted words are underneath. Perfect for the busy SLP who wants a variety of carrier phrases without having to think twice! 🙂
It’s your LUCKY day! Looking for a SUPER, SUPER EASY ST. PATRICK’S DAY activity? These HIDE-N-SPEECH worksheets are perfect for speech therapy and speech homework! Includes several leprechaun and rainbow pot-o-gold options! Use these during articulation or phonology sessions. Includes initial, medial, final /p, b, t, d, f, k, g, s, l, r, sh, ch, th/, vocalic /er, ar, or, air, ear, ire/, initial, medial and final /s/ blends, and complex clusters. SLPs will love these easy worksheets. Have fun during March with this EASY, NO PREP activity for speech!
No matter what you choose to do this month, make sure you keep it fun. Children learn best when life slows down enough to take it all in. “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can learn to read and write. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.” ~ Magda Gerber
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can make some magic this month. We teach, but we also learn, so here’s to teaching and learning! All the best, Monae