• Daily Interaction Ideas for Language Stimulation !   

    Monday 4/06/20

    Errands are language-fueled activities. If you can’t go to the store, or are avoiding taking the kids with you, let them help you take inventory of items you have and make a list of what you need.  You can target things like categories, or ask them to name anything red they see on the webpage you’re on. Or, as you’re scrolling, pick two or three things (apples or bananas, for example) and ask them what group they belong in. Ask older kids to be your shopping buddy. Give them a small list of things to remind you to find as you go through the online store.

    Something all kids love is to feel in charge. If you feel comfortable, let them help pay at the online checkout. When the items get delivered, they can continue working on language by unpacking and sorting items into groups (refrigerated or snacks, for example).

    Tuesday 4/07/20

    Car rides, walks, or even strolls around the house- Also offer opportunities to work on language. Try playing license plate tag to target speech sounds and multisyllable words, or “I Spy” to work on categories (I spy something that is a vehicle) or speech sounds (I spy something that starts with the /k/ sound). You can even make red lights fun by seeing who can name the most fruits before the light turns green. When you get home, make a list of what you found and have the child share it with classmates/siblings/therapist the next day to keep the language learning going.

    Wednesday 4/08/20

    Make TV time interactive and language-infused- Sit on opposite sides of the couch and find a favorite show or try a new one. Then have each person pick a character to be and mute the TV. Now fill in the dialogue yourself based on the images. You’ll be amazed by the stories kids make up.  Or play a guessing game—pausing the TV and try to guess how a character is feeling based on facial expressions and the background images.

    Thursday 4/09/20

    Read -Start a conversation while you read with your child. Ask follow-up questions or change one of the lines in a familiar story and ask them if they think it really happened.  Associate something happening in the story with something that happened in your day or on a trip you took. Pause and ask questions even if you don’t think they can answer—this strengthens language. Have older kids read a page or two of a short story and tell you what happened, or act out a favorite book and see if the other person can guess which book it is. Finally, don’t pull out the book for them; make them work for it. When you ask them what book they want to read and they name it, pretend you can’t remember which one it is and have them describe parts of it to help jog your memory. Or if you know they read a story in their online class or speech session, ask them to retell it to you.

    Friday 4/10/20

    Daily Calendar Activties- Click on the link below to do some fun & engaging speech & language activities with your child throughout the month of April !

    April 2020 Calendar Activities

     Monday 4/13/20

    Mindfulness Activity Day 1

    Video: https://youtu.be/NuJyXxOoj7Q Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards: http://bit.ly/Y4Ccards Social Tags: @yoga4classrooms #yoga4classrooms

     Tuesday 4/14/20

    Mindfulness Activity Day 2

    Video: https://youtu.be/QDaZPa5ewXU Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards: http://bit.ly/Y4Ccards Social Tags: @yoga4classrooms #yoga4classrooms

     Wednesday 4/15/20

    Mindfulness Activity Day 3

    Video: https://youtu.be/t37FoTjhdwc Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards: http://bit.ly/Y4Ccards Social Tags: @yoga4classrooms #yoga4classrooms

     Thursday 4/16/20

    Mindfulness Activity Day 4

    Video: https://youtu.be/ViayW0_FXXM Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards: http://bit.ly/Y4Ccards Social Tags: @yoga4classrooms #yoga4classrooms

     Friday 4/17/20

    Mindfulness Activity Day 5

    Video: https://youtu.be/r3MGSy_hDZE Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards: http://bit.ly/Y4Ccards Social Tags: @yoga4classrooms #yoga4classrooms

    Monday 4/20/20

    Earth is our home- Talk about ways your child can use the three R's (Reduce,Reuse, Recycle) to save the Earth. Give 5 ways your household can Reduce, 5 ways your household can Reuse, and 5 ways your household can Recycle. Engage in dialogue with your child about the importance of the three R's and what a POSITIVE impact these small changes to your daily routines will do for our planet. 

     Teusday 4/21/20

    We love the Earth - Students can write in their journal/loose leaf paper about 5 or more reasons why they love the Earth. Make sure to use appropriate sentence structure, spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks. 

     Wednesday 4/22/20

    Earth Walk - Take your child on a walk outside (or watch the national geographic/discovery channel/Youtube Channel). Together,  draw four or more things observed and discuss what you drew and the reasons you love Earth. 

     Thursday 4/23/20

     Complete the Earth Day Word Challenge below :) !

    CLICK HERE >>> Earth Day Word Challenge ! <<<

     Friday 4/24/20

     Complete the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt below :) ! 

    CLICK HERE >>> Earth Day Scavenger Hunt ! <<<

    Monday 4/27/20

    Grades 1-2

    Practice your knowledge of pronouns with this superhero's pronouns activity ! 

    CLICK HERE >>> SuperHero Pronouns Activity <<<

    Grades 4-7

    Practice your knowledge of vocabulary words by using the appropriate hashtag to describe what is happening in each picture ! 

    CLICK HERE >>> Picture HashTag Activity <<<

    Tuesday 4/28/20

    Play this Vocabulary- Uno Like Game with your family :) 

    Directions:

    1.Print & Glue to card stock or construction paper

    2. Seperate cards by vocabulary concepts

    3. Mix the cards up 

    4. Each person gets 4-7 cards.

    5. Play the game just like UNO

    6. When each person puts down a card, you must express how the words are the SAME & DIFFERENT :) 

    CLICK HERE >>> Compare & Contrast Uno-Like Game ! <<<

    Wednesday 4/29/20

    Explore gratitude today and engage in back & forth conversation with your child on things that you are grateful for. You could write them down or say them verbally. It could be anything or anyone you are grateful for. You can also explain WHY you are grateful for that person or thing ! :) 

    Thursday 4/30/20

     Journaling Time ! 

    - Pick a topic to journal about with your child ( e.g. How today's weather is making you feel, Describing things that make you happy [ like a hobby, or a pet/person] and why  etc..) 

    - Notice how you feel when you are journaling and what emotions come up. 

    - After you're each done writing, share what you wrote about and how this journaling activity made you feel. 

    Friday 5/1/20

    Spring Time is here ! 

    - Go online and choose 5 different things in nature to discuss with your child ( e.g. A type of plant, tree, flower, animal).

    -Discussion points can include:

    1. WHERE it lives ( Describe the type of climate) 

    2. WHAT nutrients it requires/ foods to survive

    3. DESCRIBE it ! [features can include: What it might feel like, What it looks like ( colors), What sounds it makes etc... ( hint: 5 senses)]

    Monday 5/4/20

    Mother's Day is around the corner ! 

    Create a card for your Mother or guardian where you write down 5 or more reasons why you love that person. 

    Some ideas to begin your writing assignment include: 

    1. What qualities do you like about this person ( e.g. personality, cooking etc..) 

    2. What does this person do to show that she/he loves you ? ( e.g. cook for you, clean for you, say nice things to you ..etc.) 

    3. Why do you love this person ? 

    4. What will you do to show that you love this person on Mothers day ? 

    Tuesday 5/5/20

    Look up 5 facts about Cinco De Mayo with your child. Engage in conversation about this holiday that is celebrated in the U.S every year. 

    -Discussion points can include:

    1.What day do we celebrate this holiday?

    2.Why is it celebrated in the U.S?

    3.Where else in the world is this holiday celebrated ?

    4.Why do Mexicans celebrate this holiday ?

    5.What does this day symbolize for people of Mexican heritage ? etc. 

    Wednesday 5/6/20

    Have some fun completing this Cinco de Mayo Word Search together :) After you find all of the words, you could look up the definitions of words unfamiliar to your child to build up their vocabulary development all while having some fun! 

    CLICK HERE >>> Cinco De Mayo Word Search  <<<

    CLICK HERE >>>Answer Key <<<

    Thursday 5/7/20

    Goal: Understanding boundaries & developing social skills. 

    Grades 1-2 

    Watch this video with your child >>> Keep Your Hands To Yourself <<<

    After watching this short video about keeping your hands to yourself discuss with your child the importance of boundaries. 

    You can begin the discussion by defining the word boundaries, then explain why it is important to keep your hands to yourself. Discuss emotions and how touching someone without asking them may make them feel. Then ask them how it would make them feel if someone touched them without asking. 

    Grades 4-7

    Watch this video with your child >>> Anger Management Skills <<<

    After watching this video with your child...

    1.Discuss a time when you and your child got angry at someone or something and how it made you/the other person feel.

    2. Express how you handled the situation and if you used any of the tips this video shared.

    3.Explain how the "A B C D E" method can benefit you physically and emotionally the next time you get angry. 

    4. Ask your child to recall/restate what the acronym "A B C D E" stands for to test their memory ! 

    Friday 5/8/20

    Happy Friday ! Let's end our week with a body scan meditation :) 

    Goal: Calm the mind and body. It's time to meditate ! 

    Watch this video with your child and enjoy this short meditation >>> Body Scan Meditation <<<

    ** Try to make this a routine and meditate 1x per week  ** 

     Monday 5/11/20

    Goal: Read an informative text about essential workers afterwards, answer WH questions about essential workers and the role they play in our community. 

    CLICK HERE >>> Who Are Essential Workers ? <<<

    Questions to Answer:

    1. What does essential mean ?

    2. What is a community ?

    3. Who are some essential workers in your community ?

    4. What community workers do you see around your neighborhood every week ?

    5. Why are the essential workers so important?

    6. What might happen if they stopped working ? 

    Tuesday 5/12/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Complete the House & Bedroom Scavenger Hunt worksheet, Answer WH QUESTIONS and MOST importantly have FUN ! 

    CLICK HERE >>> HOUSE SCAVENGER HUNT <<<

    CLICK HERE >>> BEDROOM SCAVENGER HUNT <<<

    REMEMBER:

    WHO = Person/People

    WHAT= Action/Thing

    WHEN= Time

    WHERE= Place

    WHY= About a Reason

    Grades 4-7

    Goal: Watch short film "traditional Cheese Shop" and discuss/write a summary of what it was about. 

    CLICK HERE >>> Traditional Cheese Shop <<<

    *** Identify what the moral/message of the short film was with your child ***

    Wednesday 5/13/20

    Goal: Read a short informative text about the coronavirus with your child and answer the WH questions that follow. Discuss/Address any emotions that may come up with your child. 

    Grades 1-2

    CLICK HERE >>>CoronaVirus 1 <<<

    Grades 4-7 

    CLICK HERE >>>CoronaVirus 2 <<<

    Thursday 5/14/20

    Goal: What Does Being Present Really Mean ? 

    Directions: 

    1. FIRST watch What Does Being Present Mean?

    2. NEXT write down all the ways YOU are present DAILY. 

    Friday 5/15/20

    Happy Friday ! aka Meditation Fridays ! 

    Goal: Body Scan meditation for students & families. Let's meditate ! 

    Directions: 

    1. Watch this video >>> Meditation Fridays ! <<<

    2. Notice how you feel after watching this video.

    3. RELAX and ENJOY your weekend :) 

     Monday 5/18/20

    Goal: Understanding Why We Lose Control of Our Emotions. 

    Directions: 

    1. Watch this video >>> Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions ? <<<

    Grades 1-2

    2. Discuss and Define different emotions: Happy, Sad, Angry, Annoyed, Frustrated, Excited and Nervous.

    a) Look up pictures on the web of these different emotions.

    b) Describe a time you felt each of these emotions and ask your child to describe a time he/she felt these different emotions as well. 

    c) Ask your child to draw a picture of each of these emotions. 

    d) Ask your child to choose a picture (emotion) and tell a short story about what is happening in the drawing. 

     

    Grades 4-7

    2. Discuss/Answer the following questions about the video:

    a) Describe what "Flipping your lid" means 

    b) DEFINE and DESCRIBE a "little problem" and a "big problem" you had where you "flipped your lid" and OVERREACTED during a specific situation. 

    c) What does it mean to be kind and caring ? 

    d) What are some situations where you felt your emotions "bubble up" and you OVERREACTED or got UPSET at someone or something. 

    e) What are the THREE parts of the brain?

    f) What part of the brain is where our emotions and memories are created and stored ?

    g) What is the role of the brain stem ? 

    h) What is known as our "emotional brain"? 

    I) What is categorized as the "downstairs brain" and "upstairs brain" ?

    J) What is the role of the "downstairs brain" and the "upstairs brain"?

    k) What are some things YOU can do to PREVENT yourself from "flipping your lid"?

    L) What are some "I" statements you learned from watching this video that YOU can use BEFORE you "Flip Your Lid" next time?  

     Tuesday 5/19/20

    Goal: Start the  READING BINGO CHALLENGE ! 

    *** Complete it within this month  ****

    Wednesday 5/20/20

     Goal: Discuss the importance of having a daily routine with your child. 

    Directions: 

    1. FIRST watch this video of "Simon The Cat" >>> Simon The Cat Daily Routines! <<<

    2. NEXT discuss the video with your child. What did you like about the video? What didn't you like about it? Think about all the ways you can relate to what you saw in the video. 

    3. Create a daily routine schedule for yourself and your child (Here is an example: Wake up at the same time every day, Have breakfast, Take a shower, Start school work, Have lunch, take a "brain break" and watch tv/ read a book, Get ready for bed [same time every night]) ** Be Creative and make your own ** 

     Thursday 5/21/20

    Goal: Everyday Is Earth Day ! Complete Earth Day Activity. 

    Grades 1-2

    Directions: 

    1. Complete "What Does Earth Day Mean To Me" writing activity

    Click here >>> Earth Day <<<

    2. Discuss what your child drew and wrote about earth day. 

    3. Assist with spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. 

     Grades 4-7

    Directions:

    1. Complete "Earth Day Word Challenge!

    2. Discuss all of the familiar and new words learned during this activity! 

     Friday 5/22/20

    Goal: Understand and Discuss the importance of 'Memorial Day'

    Directions: 

    1. Complete "Memorial Day Packet" with your child.

    2. Discuss the reason we celebrate Memorial Day every year. 

     Monday 5/25/20

    Goal: Discuss & Review the significance of Memorial Day with your child.

    Answer/research any questions about Memorial Day your child asks! Make it fun and look up facts about memorial day together !

     Teusday 5/26/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Kitchen Set ) 

     Grades 4-7 

    Goal: Identifying Main Idea & Key Details 

    Click Here >>> Main Idea & Key Details  <<< ( Thunderstorm Story)

     Wednesday 5/27/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Bathroom Set ) 

     Grades 4-7 

    Goal: Identifying Main Idea & Key Details 

    Click Here >>> Main Idea & Key Details  <<< ( Bees Story)

     Thursday 5/28/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Bedroom Set ) 

    Grades 4-7 

    Goal: Vocabulary Practice Using Context Clues 

    Click Here >>> Vocabulary Practice Using Context Clues <<< (Complete Page 1) 

     Friday 5/29/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Livingroom Set ) 

     Grades 4-7 

    Goal: Vocabulary Practice Using Context Clues 

    Click Here >>> Vocabulary Practice Using Context Clues <<< (Complete Page 2) 

     Monday 6/1/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Bodyparts Set ) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Understand What is Empathy? Why Is Empathy Important ? How can you practice empathy with others ?

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itp21tly8nM <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent) 

    Tuesday 6/2/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Anywhere Set ) 

     ALL GRADES

    Goal: Understand/Identify the Difference between Empathy & Sympathy

    Click here >>>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka5pSiyJ5ok <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent) 

    Wednesday 6/3/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Outside Set ) 

     ALL GRADES

    Goal: Building Empathy for Kids Through Music

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVqZ4WgI9q8  <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent) 

     Thursday 6/4/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Concepts Set ) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Watch The Video Entitled: "The Present" 

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjqiU5FgsYc <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent) 

    Friday 6/5/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Colors Set ) 

     ALL GRADES

    Goal: Watch The Video Entitled: "ALIKE" 

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQjtK32mGJQ <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent) 

    Monday 6/8/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Language Scavenger Hunt ! 

    Language Scavenger Hunt !  ( Complete Shapes Set ) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Watch The Video Entitled: "HAIR LOVE" 

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28<<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Tuesday 6/9/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Pronoun Practice he/she 

    Complete activity >>> Pronoun Superheros !  <<<

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "I AM ENOUGH" BY GRACE BYERS

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4jZxWiCxrY<<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Wednesday 6/10/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

    Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt    (Complete Categories Set) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "THE DAY YOU BEGIN" BY:JACQUELINE WOODSON

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XUkWoRpeR4<<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Thursday 6/11/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal: Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

    Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt    (Complete Attributes Set) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "JUST ASK!" BY: SONIA SOTOMAYOR

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tb2X6-1DYo&t=45s<<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Friday 6/12/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal:  Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

    Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt    (Complete Function Set) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "PERFECTLY NORMAN" BY: TOM PERCIVAL

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIzl2jREE2w <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Monday 6/15/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal:  Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

    Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt    (Complete Time  Set) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "HOW DO I STAND IN YOUR SHOES?" BY: SUSAN DEBELL

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP2AR_VX90Y&t=32s <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Teusday 6/16/20

    Grades 1-2

    Goal:  Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

    Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt    (Complete Location Set) 

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "ISLAND BORN" BY: JUNOT DIAZ

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEhwo7XS6m8&t=45s <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

    Wednesday 6/17/20

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "BE KIND" BY: PAT ZIETLOW MILLER

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAo4-2UzgPo&t=16s <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)

     

    Thursday 6/18/20

    ALL GRADES

    Goal: Read-Aloud Entitled: "I AM HUMAN" BY: SUSAN VERDE

    Click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9RxO3HG9bM <<< ( Watch video & Discuss any questions you may have w/ your parent)