School is off to a busy start and we are sure your family is too!!! Here are some tips to help the days go smoother!
- Make a picture schedule of your morning routine to help the kids learn what they must do each morning. Use a piece of poster board and make the schedule together. First, talk about what your child must do each morning and make a list. Either take pictures of each task, find pictures in magazines or print pictures off the internet (google images is a good source for pictures). Next, decide a good order for the tasks and glue them onto the poster board. This is a great time to use words like first, next and last or before and after to help your child learn problem solving and sequencing. Decorate the poster with markers, stickers and bright colors and hang it somewhere that they will see it each morning. Go through the routine together for a while but soon your child will be able to complete more of the routine independently. The mornings will flow smoother and your child will be very proud of what he or she can do!
- Pack lunches and backpacks the night before. Little hands can be big help and will gain self-esteem and pride when helping out.
- Use the time in the car together to look out the windows and talk about what you see. Are you driving on a highway or through town? Who can be the first to see a blue car, a large truck or a store that starts with "T"? How many turns until we get home? Count together and talk about if you turned left or right.
- Keep books in the car for long drives to run errands and pick up siblings. I Spy, Seek and Find, or Where's Waldo books are great for kids of all ages to stay occupied and see new things. Have your child "read" the book to you and describe the pictures or plot of the book. Ask questions about what will happen next or what happened before the book started. Was the book about something you have done or seen? Talk about when you did that activity or saw what the characters saw.
Great Websites for Speech and Language Practice
http://www.speechtx.com/index.htmIdeas for articulation, language (lower grades) and literacy activities
http://www.quia.com/pages/havemorefun.htmlLots of articulation and language interactive and printables
http://www.quia.com/pages/speechersclass.htmlLots of articulation and language interactive and printables
http://www.eduplace.com/tales/MadLibs online to help with a child’s sound or grammar—especially in connected speech. Try to fill in words that contain your sound and then read it aloud to practice!
Websites for Practicing School work
www.mathcats.comWebsite with story problems that you can do online or print.
It starts easy “kittens” but, moves up to multiple operations “tigers!” It is really cute and the problems are written by kids!
Practice your math skills while you practice your speech sounds. Also good for problem solving and sequencing.
www.eduplace.comEducational games—practice your sound when you see it during the activities. Improve reading skills and vocabulary too!! Learn about social studies and science through fun games.