Wednesday, June 27, 2018

14 Great Ideas for Shark Week in Preschool Speech Therapy

14 great speech and language ideas and activities for Shark Week in preschool speech therapy including a fun, no-prep shark craftivity freebie!
Chomp! Download this free craftivity for your shark week and ocean themes.

Dive headfirst into shark week for awesome speech therapy sessions. 

It's coming...dun dun dun! Shark week is July 22nd in 2018. It's a perfect theme for summer speech therapy.

However, if you're like me, and therapy sessions are on pause because school's out in July, grab these ideas for the next time you're feeling sharky in speech. Anytime works for your shark week. I do my week in May and make it last for several sessions. Plan some shark week fun and watch your student's engagement soar.

 So, true confession...

I can't watch Jaws. Or any of those movies where people get eaten. I hide my eyes and cover my ears with scary movies. But I love shark week! Sharks and the ocean equal tons of language opportunities for your speech therapy room.

Children are fascinated with the ocean, especially sharks. 

Well really, who isn't? Most of my kiddos have never actually been to the shore, but love talking about mysterious creatures of the deep. Scary things. With big teeth. Huge whales, ferocious sharks, and colorful fish too.  It's okay though, we keep it not-so-scary for my preschoolers and kindergarteners. Still plenty of fun.

1. Music and movement
If you want like to kick it off with a fun sound-loaded song for littles, show the video and sing along with Baby Shark by Super Simple Songs. There's Baby Shark, Papa Shark, Mama Shark, even Grandma and Grandpa Shark. We stand up and pretend to swim (and chomp); it really helps to get the wiggles out before sitting down to read!

Warning: Baby Shark is one of those tunes that gets stuck in your head. Know what I mean? When you wake up at 2 am and the tune is still on automatic loop in your brain. Over and over do you make that stop? But that's another topic, so...

Read one of these fun storybooks for Shark Week. 

Read Smiley Shark in Speech therapy during your shark week or ocean themes. Plus 13 more great shark activity ideas that go Chomp! #speechtherapy

2. Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway is a favorite of mine.
If you haven't read this delightful book, you should! Smiley Shark is a friendly guy who just wants someone to play with. All the other sea creatures are frightened of him and run away, which makes poor Smiley very lonely and sad. But things change when the other fish are in danger, and Smiley Shark saves the day.

This book is sound-loaded with /sm/, Initial sh and final /k/ because it repeats "Smiley" and 'shark." The children really relate to Smiley when he feels lonely with no-one to play with, and we got lots of discussion going. It's full of fun ocean creatures, a shark hero and a lovely message about not judging a book by its cover.

3. Shark in the Park by Nick Sharrat.
A little boy, Timothy Pope, goes to the park with his telescope and thinks he sees a shark through it. He yells "There's a shark in the park!" But it turns out to be something else.  False alarm. This happens several times until he realizes there are no sharks in the park. Or are there?

This simple story has rhyme and repetitive text which is great for retelling, and we make a telescope with our hands to look through as we tell it! You can listen to Shark in the Park read online.

4. Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale.
Clark goes to school, but Clark is too loud, too wild, and just too much shark. Until he learns to stay cool... It's a great story for talking about social skills. Listen to Clark the Shark read online by actor Chris Pine.

Clark the Shark is one of the great storytime videos by Storyline Online. If you haven't checked out this YouTube channel, you should, it has wonderful videos of books that are read by actors, so the readings are beautifully done. It features storybook readings by Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, and Ernest Borgnine reading Rainbow Fish to name a few.

5. The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist
This book is a fun takeoff on The Three Little Pigs and repeats "Little fish, little fish, let me come in!"
It has plenty of repetition of the words shark, fish and "crunch" for articulation practice and the familiar format is great for participation.

Shark and Ocean Arts and Crafts

When we do crafts, we make sure to get lots of repetitions of our articulation words by having the children repeat their words in blocks of 5 or 10. (Do you want the yellow fish or blue fish? Tell me "fish" 10 times. Here you go.) We also work on requesting, sentence structure and MLU (sentence length) because the children request each item needed and describe what they're doing.

Make a shiny shark in speech therapy during your shark week. 14 great ideas that go Chomp! Paint tin foil  to make this shiny shark for your ocean theme! Read this post for 14 terrific speech and language shark week ideas for preschool and kindergarten #speechtherapy #preschool #kindergarten

6. Shiny Sharks Paint tin foil with tempera and swirl the paint while wet. When dry, top it with blue construction paper with a shark cutout- so cool! (We pre-cut those ourselves with a template but it might just make a great project for your upper elementary kiddos to do for you. Kids love to help out little ones.) We added a "Shiny Shark" label to ours.

Great "sh" practice as we talked all about sharks. Where do they live? What do they eat?  How do they move? What animals are smaller? Larger?

Make thumbprint fish in speech therapy. Read this post for 14 terrific shark week ideas #speechtherapy #preschool #kindergarten

7. Thumbprint Fish We made practiced /f/ and "sh" while making thumbprint fish. Do you think we need to add a shark under the boat?

8. Puppets Make a Shark Puppet or

9. Shark Cootie Catcher with free printables by Easy Peasy and Fun.

10. Shark Craft Make this Cupcake Liner Shark by I Heart Crafty Things.

Add some sharp teeth to this scary-looking shark! Read this post for 14 terrific shark week speech and language activities #speechtherapy #preschool #kindergarten
Draw this shark and add  his teeth

11. Shark Teeth Craft We drew the shark above on a white paper template and then printed it on blue construction paper. Next, we glued on the teeth- which had initial "sh" words of course! If you're not sure you want to try your hand at drawing one, I created a free printable shark for you (pictured below.) that you can grab in my Teachers pay Teachers store.

14 terrific speech and language activities for Shark Week in preschool speech therapy including this free no-prep shark craftivity #speechtherapy #preschool #kindergarten
FREE Printable with articulation words!

Sensory Bin Activities

12. Give your sharks a bath! I think a little soap in the water is not only fun and bubbly but keeps those little hands sanitary too. If you want to find more waterplay ideas, check out this post and linky: April Showers! Why You Should Include Waterplay in Speech and Language Therapy.

Give your sharks a soapy bath in speech therapy or your preschool centers for shark week. Read this post for more fun ideas for pre-k and kindergarten shark and ocean themes.

13. Water Beads These are always fun.  I love the slippery texture and so do the kids. Use blue beads and have your sharks swim through them. Which shark is below the beads? Is he diving, chomping or swimming?

Play a Game

14. Baby Shark Play this like London Bridge if you have a larger group of children  (5 or more would work) Two people hold hands and raise their hands up to be the "jaws." The other children are the fish. They make a circle and walk under the jaws while you sing to the London Bridge tune:

Baby shark is hungry now
Hungry now
Hungry now
Baby shark is hungry now
Snap, he got me!

Of course, you lower your hands and catch a child when you sing "snap!" And guess what? you've just practiced /sn/, /k/ , /h/ and "sh". I love repetitive activities!

There are plenty more great activities in this Smiley Shark Book Companion:

If you'd like more activities for shark week,  you may want to check out my Smiley Shark Book Companion. It has activities for littles and some for older students too, so you can easily use it with PK- 2nd grade. 

 All my kids love the Fishbowl Frenzy game. Older kids roll the dice to fill their fishbowl, little ones just get to pick a card for each response. This game is open-ended, so it works with any goal you are targeting.

Category sorting and syllable counting under the sea! Read about this Smiley Shark Book Companion plus 14 terrific ideas for shark week in preschool speech therapy
Ocean-themed category sort activity and syllable counting

We sorted ocean animals and jungle animals with the sorting mats. They really enjoyed using dot markers to dab the number of syllables in all those fishy words!

Yes-No and WH question comprehension cards. Read about this Smiley Shark Book Companion plus 14 terrific ideas for shark week in preschool speech therapy

 I created WH questions and Yes/No question cards to work on listening comprehension. Other activities included for this adorable storybook are sequencing, articulation for /l/, sh, plurals, rhyming, inference, and prediction.

Have fun with your shark week!

If you have any favorite sharky activities or if you try some of the ones I've shared, I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment here or tag me on social media. 

Don't forget to pin this post to your boards if you see ideas you'd like to try, to make it easy to find later. You can find even more ocean-themed ideas on my Ocean, Shark and Fish Pinterest board

If you love using themes in therapy like I do, be sure to follow Speech Sprouts on Pinterest. I'm always adding more themed ideas.

Until next time my friends, 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer School Speech Therapy- Let's Go Camping!

Camping is a perfect summer theme for speech therapy.

15 Summer Speech Therapy Activities with a camping theme

The school year has ended but many children will still be attending speech therapy in summer school or in private therapy. How do you keep children engaged when those warm breezes beckon outside?

I love using summer-time themes in speech therapy, and camping is a favorite. There are plenty of easy activities you can do for super speech sessions. Most of all, it's fun! Here are a few ideas for you:

Set up camp

You'll need a campfire. (What's camping without a campfire to sit around?) Make your campfire from orange, red and yellow tissue paper. Stuff the "flames" in a metal bucket or in the middle of paper towel tubes for "logs." An electric tea light in the center would make it even better.

Grab a couple of bag chairs and put them next to the fire. Put a cooler in between them. You can make a "tent" by draping a sheet over a small table or over a rope. If you have a small pop-up tent, use it. Your children will be thrilled!

If you'll be working at a table, try throwing a red, checkered tablecloth over it to set the mood.

Read Books about Camping

You'll have plenty of opportunities for wh questions and story retell with these fun books:

Story Books:
Boris Goes Camping by Carrie Weston
Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret and H.A. Rey ( I still adore Curious George!)
PJ Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen a funny, rhyming misadventure!
Henry and Mudge and The Starry Night by Cynthia Rylant

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O'Connel George These are lovely poems. Explore this book with your older students for vocabulary development.

More Speech Camp Activities

Go on a Bear Hunt to Practice Positional Concepts
Check out The Bear Hunt by the Learning Station for some fun music and movement. It's terrific for positional concepts and verbs.

Camping-themed summer speech therapy ideas! Going on a Bear Hunt  by the Learning Station for our camping theme in summer speech therapy

Guess the forest animals: Name to a description
Tell the children you'll give them clues, and they need to they need to guess which forest animal it is. For instance: This animal is black with a white stripe on it's back. It can smell quite stinky. What is it?
Skunks have just the right amount of "ewww" to fascinate my children. This little cut and paste reader features a funny skunk, targets /sk/ blends and has a funny ending. From my Articulation and Language Activities for SK pack.

Camping themed Speech Therapy ideas! Have fun with this adorable S-blend practice cut and paste reader by Speech Sprouts Read the post for 15 ideas and freebies too!

Owl-themed multiple meaning practice freebie
Whoo's my Homophone is feathery free download for you in my store.. Please leave me some love when you grab it (feedback in my store), it's appreciated!

Let's Go Camping! Grab this free Multiple meanings Owl freebie plus lots more ideas for speech and language in summer speech therapy
FREE Multiple meanings vocabulary fun with owls

Stamp some Stars for S-Blends practice. 
Grab dark blue construction paper, a star-shaped cookie cutter and a bit of yellow tempera paint. Dip the cookie cutter in the yellow tempera and stamp it on the paper. Have your articulation students say "star" or "stamp a star" each time.

Go on a scavenger hunt outdoors.
Find something that is:

Have a camping themed scavenger hunt! Practice describing as you find things that are bumpy, fuzzy or tiny. 15 more great summer speech and language activities with a camping theme.
that smells
that grows

Make Microwave S'mores for sequencing, describing, requesting and categories
Have your children predict what they'll need to make s'mores.

You'll need:
graham crackers
chocolate bars
paper plates

Language Goals to target:
Making requests/ formulating complete sentences: Have your children ask you for each ingredient 

Describing: Feel, taste a bit of each ingredient. Is it crunchy or soft? Smooth or rough? Sweet or sour? 
Categories: Name more foods that are crunchy, soft, or sweet. What else can you make with chocolate?

You may want to "roast" the marshmallows over your "campfire" on a stick before putting your s'more together.. What does "roast" mean? what else can you roast? What other food can you cook over the campfire on a stick?

Build your s'mores
Put half a piece of graham cracker on a paper plate. Add a piece of chocolate, then a marshmallow and top with another half graham cracker. Now it's ready to cook. 15 seconds in the microwave should do it. Be careful they're not too hot in the center. Squish and eat! 

When you are finished, talk about how the ingredients changed. Describe the s'mores using "senses" words. How did it feel, taste, smell, look? Did they feel hot? Sticky? Gooey?

Have a good old-fashioned flashlight hunt for any target.
Turn off the lights and give the children flashlights. Have them find or illuminate articulation or language cards.

Find more great camping theme ideas 

on my Pinterest board: Camping Theme Speech Therapy

Happy Summer Friends!  

!5 great summer speech therapy activities with a camping theme. Includes storybooks, crafts, a scavenger hunt freebies and more for speech and language fun! www.

Friday, June 8, 2018

10 Sizzling Summer Freebies for Speech and Language You'll Love!

Ready for summer into your speech therapy room?

10 Sizzling Summer Freebies for Speech and Language

Whether you are wrapping up the school year or planning your summer speech therapy sessions, I've gathered some terrific recommendations for summertime speech therapy activities for you.

How about exploring the blue ocean, camping out, catching a few bugs, heading to the beach, grabbing a cold ice cream cone or going on vacation in speech therapy?

Note: This post first appeared on Speech Spotlight. It swam over here to make it easy to share with my peeps on Speech Sprouts.

No need to search for terrific summer materials, I've got you covered!

Be ready for summer speech therapy with this fun round-up of summer speech and language freebies and product recommendations from a few of my favorite SLP blogger/ authors. So grab a lemonade and enjoy the warm breezes, you're all set.

1. From Speech Sprouts
The Freebie: That's Fishy! Which Does Not Belong?  Get out the fishing pole and work on negatives, categories, and associations with this colorful game. Then have your children match the fish to the same color fishbowl. Pre-K to1st grade.
Recommended: Summer Picture Story Sequencing Sequence and retell these bright, fun 2, 3, and 4-step picture stories with puzzles, sequencing cards, mats and cut and paste pages. Pre-K to 2nd grade.

2. From Susan Berkowitz
The Freebie: Free AAC at The Beach- Summer Communicating Fun. Implement AAC at the beach this summer! Includes vocabulary suggestions, directions of Aided Input, general AAC information, and a topic-based picture communication board.
Recommended: My Summer Journal: Writing about Vacation Activities. Send this writing project home with students over the summer. Students write where they went and what they did using pages that provide visual themed picture cues and wh statement prompts. 

3. From Ashley Rossi
The Freebie: Free Speech Therapy Summer Dice and Dot Grab the bingo daubers and dice- your children will color and roll as they target articulation of /k/ and /g/ in all word positions.
Recommended: Speech Therapy Summer Dice and Dot This full product will have your children dotting vocalic r, r, s, l, blends, ch, sh, z, th and language targets too. Pronouns, verbs, antonyms, categories, describing, compare and contrast and more. Kindergarten to 5th grade.

4. From Sarah Wu- Speech is Beautiful
The Freebie: Gift Bag Dog Tags for Camp Counselors Say thank you to summer staff by attaching these cute dog tags to inexpensive goodie bags. Great suggestions to fill your bags with essentials. 
Recommended: No-Prep Summer Speech Therapy- Receptive and Expressive Language Print and go language means more time for you! Pronouns, spatial concepts, wh questions, describing, compare and contrast, describing, and listening too. Pre-K to 1st grade.

5. From Looks Like Language
The Freebie: Summer Rhyme Time Fun  Sign up for Linda's newsletter to grab this freebie. Find the rhyming pairs of picture cards. 
Recommended: Sentence Builders and WH Questions - Summer Picture Activities Make, say and write noun-verb-object sentences to talk about summer fun! 3 game ideas, WH question activities, sorting mats, writing pages. Pre-K to 1st grade.

6. From Alberta Speechie
The Freebie: Summer Speech and Language Activities Newsletter Send home a newsletter that has a new speech and language activity every day and get parents involved for great carryover. 
Recommended: Ice Cream Animal Categories Build some sweet ice cream cones as you categorize animals by where they live or distinctive features. Pre-K to Kindergarten.

7. From TLC Talkshop
The Freebie: S'More Open-Ended Fun  Build S;Mores with a twist! Spicy, Smelly, Sweet or Strawberry, children race to complete their recipe. 1st grade to 5th grade.
Recommended: Language is a Ball: Beach Ball Craft  Create beach balls for Function, Part-Whole, Categories, Descriptions, Homonyms, Prepositions, Pronouns, Plural Nouns, and Verbs! Pre-K to 5th grade.

8. From Ms Gardenia's Speech Room
The Freebie: No-Prep Summer WH Questions Print and go for following directions and those tricky WH questions. Color your answers in the picture, or predict and draw what will happen next. PK to 2nd grade.
Recommended: Regular Plurals: I Have, Who Has for Summer Cards and super easy no-prep worksheets to teach plural endings and answering who and what questions. I have a shell, who has shells? PK to 2nd grade

9. From  Jennifer Bradley SLP
The Freebie: Summer Articulation & Language Homework Calendars Send home these calendars for daily suggestions for quick, fun activities. Keep track with the 'I Did My Work' chart!
Recommended: Articulation Homework Flipbook Bundle  11 Flipbooks (K, G, F, V, R, L, S, Z, TH, SH, CH) that you can send home to help your students with articulation! Each page of the flipbook gives parents detailed directions on how to help their children improve. Kindergarten to 3rd grade.

10. From  AGB Speech Therapy
The Freebie: Preposition Playground- "Behind" Have fun as you head to the playground and practice answering "where" questions with the concept of "behind". 
Recommended: Camping is Fun! Level 1 Read this simple story with repetitive text. Build vocabulary and associations as you talk about the items you need on a camping trip.

10 Sizzling Summer Freebies for Speech and Language

Happy, happy summer!