Happy New Year!
I apologize, I’ve been neglecting the blog. I’ve just honestly been so busy with scheduling and evaluating. The NEW year means NEW clients and NEW needs to address. I finally have a chance to breathe and re-connect!
Here is FINALLY what we were up to over the holidays…
1. The Mitten by Jan Brett.
Who doesn’t love this story? It was a childhood favorite and I love sharing it with my clients. It’s a great book to work on sequencing, speech sounds and really just the value of family. At the end of the book, the grandmother makes the boy some delicious hot chocolate by the fire. Some of my children were so thrilled with this idea that we made our own hot cocoa mix. Here are the ingredients:
Homemade Hot Cocoa (inspired by “The Mitten”)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup hot water
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
This activity was so fun because the children brought home their mix, made it with their families and retold the story of “The Mitten.” Warms my heart! <3
2. A Michael’s Santa.
I can’t resist the Michael’s craft kits. They’re so fun and creative especially during the holidays. My clients loved matching the shapes to the sample Santa and practiced sequencing, vocabulary and speech sounds with this activity. Some of my 4-year-olds even expanded this activity by telling their craft Santa about their hopes and dreams for Christmas 2013 (mostly Lego-related). The puppet Santa became a great helper because many of my clients were tired of practicing their speech sounds. Now, Santa was their voice and it truly helped them be more motivated to record their speech on the iPad. They graded Santa’s productions–“Try again, Santa! Perfect /s/ Santa!” You can always count on the kiddos to be in the holiday spirit :)
3. Festive Eco-Dough.
I’ve been a huge proponent of homemade playdough. It’s just smoother, safer and more fun because of the colors you can make. If you can’t find the time for the homemade stuff or you just love supporting eco-friendly companies, check out Eco-kids. This is their blue dough from their “eco-dough” set.
Each flavor/color smells AMAZING. The blue smells mostly like blueberries. My clients have been so taken back by the smell. They keep asking if they can eat it! It has essential oils and vegetable extracts that make them smell delightful. I highly recommend this dough because it’s incredibly smooth, natural and lasts forever. We made stars, gingerbread men and snowflakes (mostly because I could sabotage my kids into practicing /s/ blends and /dz/ (“j”) sounds). I can’t wait to try out more of their products!
Feel free to borrow these ideas for next year and let me know how they turn out! :)
I hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday and an even happier new year! There are many amazing things coming in 2014 and I hope we all embrace them :) Stay tuned…