This truly is a “must have!” 🙂
Fire Prevention Week is October 4th thru October 10th.
I always look forward to autumn and the fall leaves and cooler temperatures! It’s also the time when I like to start using some of my fall books (squeezed in between the Halloween books and activities).
This little book is so much fun and my students love it! <3 This book targets spatial concepts but can also be used for all those WH and yes/no questions. The ending has a really funny twist, like many of my stories. I love to throw in that humor as many of our kiddos need to work on that skill as well. I like to sing the song “I’m a Nut” which goes perfectly with this story. You can sing it with or without the music as it’s a pretty simple, catchy tune.
I usually get a bag of acorns from the grocery store (make sure you have no children with nut allergies) and have my students hide them, use them to identify spatial concepts, play “Nut, Nut, Whose Got the Nut?” (similar to the “Whose got the Button” game my grandmother used to play), or use them for a Bingo Board or tic-tac-toe game (I am in the process of creating bingo boards to go along with many of my books). If you get your own creative juices flowing, you will probably come up with other fun ideas as well. 🙂
In addition to the Squirrel/Hiding Acorns book, I also like to use another book called “Ready Or Not Here I Come” which is about forest animals and playing hide-n-seek.
Both books are in the links below.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful time of the year. I’m working at the University a few days a week and the early childhood programs take full advantage of utilizing the outdoors… it got me thinking about doing a little more therapy outdoors, when weather and time permits. Some days it’s just way too beautiful to stay inside. So go out, read a book, find some leaves or acorns, breathe the crisp air, and enjoy all that fall has to offer! <3
My students LOVE this little activity! I have been doing the “You’ve Got Mail” activity for several years. It targets so many different verbal and non-verbal skills. All you need is an inexpensive little mailbox and some index cards. I honestly think I got my little red mailbox free with some chocolate Hershey Kisses. The first year I did this activity, I actually hand-wrote “following directions” on white paper squares and put them in the mailbox. The following year I started using one of the fun decks from Super Duper. Depending on the level of your students, you can pick and choose cards based on their abilities. Some of the cards require verbal responses and some require non-verbal responses. And if you write your own directions, you can make them specific to each child. Some of the questions in the Super Duper fun deck include clap your hands 3 times, name an animal, wiggle your fingers, pretend you are a cat, sing Happy Birthday, and so on…
I usually do “You’ve Got Mail” as part of a circle activity. I always hold up the mailbox with the flag raised and I say, “Who is sitting nicely?” Then I look around and choose someone who is attending and sitting and I say, “Johnny, you’ve got mail!” Then Johnny comes up and takes the card out of the mailbox. I then read the card and he has to answer, imitate, or complete the task on the card.
As I said, super fun, super simple, super engaging, and lots of language. I promise your kiddos will love this activity! <3
This might not be a subject you want to talk about but if you have children/students who participate in this behavior, you will definitely want to reduce/eliminate it ASAP! This book is a great tool, especially for children who are strong visual learners. I have used this book with a lot of success. Many of my students have quickly reduced or eliminated this behavior after seeing and hearing this lesson a few times. It is written in a funny straight forward way that seems to get through to the kids.