Tuesday, 20 August 2013

My Back to School Giveaway

My new language activity centers- a must have for every classroom! 

I have created great language center's for every month from September to December that focus on prepositions, rhyming, following directions and pronouns. Some of the things all classrooms, especially kindergarten rooms, need. I tried to focus each center on things that we seem to target a lot in the speech world. The best thing about this package is it is child lead! You can model the activity once for your students and then let them play! Let's face it were busy, and we need help! 
So here it is! 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Back to School Giveaway!!!!

Check out my back to school giveaway on Teachers Notebook. You can win my entire What Do You See book that is great for home reading or for an addition to themes in your classroom!

Take a look at all of my items!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Does technology make your baby smarter?

In short no! 
"Everything we know about brain research and child development points away from using screens to educate babies," said Susan Linn, the group's director. "The research shows that machines and screen media are a really ineffective way of teaching a baby language. What babies need for healthy brain development is active play, hands-on creative play and face-to-face" interaction.

Written by Anne Flaherty - The Associated Press.

After School Group- Reading to kids and having a discussion about the book!

If you want your child to interact and use good communication skills you need to communicate with your child. There is no iPhone app that will make your baby speak. Screen time will not guarantee your child's language skills, IQ, or academic success. Yes there are many apps that claim to improve communication, however; you need to interact and speak with your child while using them. It is like finger nails on a chalk board for me when I see babies with TV's in their room or a 2 year old with an iPhone playing games!

You need to talk, sing, read books and interact to get the language going with your children!

Check out this link to learn more!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Summer, don't leave!

My, oh my! Where has the time flown! Here it is, August, and it seems like the time has gone by so fast! It is almost time to get ready for school!

During the summer you can play some easy games with your child so that they don't lose all of the skills they gained from the previous school year.

Here are some ideas to get the language going at home!

  • play 20 questions
  • play I spy
  • make an obstacle course in your living room if it's raining or in your yard when it's beautiful. Make sure to name and label the directions for your child. For example, "you are going through the tunnel, now you are under trampoline", etc.
  • read books
  • follow a recipe
  • play a board game
  • play store, school, barbies or cars with your child.
  • play Simon says
  • print off the calendar below for more language ideas!
  • go outside and just talk about what you see- don't quiz your child in a testing manner but have a back and forth conversation so that they don' t feel pressured to speak or get the right answer!

Enjoy the time with your kids, by the time you know it the summer will be just a memory and they will be back in school!