Monday, October 7, 2013

Theme-based Therapy...Fun in the Fall

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***This post was originally written for Twin Sisters Speech & Language Therapy as part of their First Bloggiversary celbration! I enjoy following Manda & Shanda and wish them continued success in years to come! :)

When Manda & Shanda told me that their "theme" for their celebration this week was "themes," I was excited!  I ALWAYS plan my therapy around themes, especially in my preschool classes.  I find it gives me a focus and direction when I'm planning my activities.  If you're new to themes, you can find a theme calendar at Crazy Speech World.  Our school year starts/ends at different times than Jenn's, so my themes tend to be different.  I typically use the same themes that our teachers use in their English Language Arts curriculum.  This supports what is going on in the classroom and provides the students with additional opportunities to learn and practice thematic vocabulary.  

Today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite books and activities for my Fun Fall Themes!


1.  School:
My first week of therapy, I usually do a "school" theme while collecting baseline data.  I wrote a blog post on the activities I use, which you can read HERE.  I've also searched Teachers Pay Teachers for you and found some school-themed freebies for you!  Here they are:

And here are some of my favorite school-themed books:

2.  All About Me:
This is a theme I just started using this year.  It's part of our district's English Language Arts curriculum for PK and K.

I had to ask my Facebook friends for some suggestions for books on this theme, but here's what I ended up using:

3.  Apples:
September is a perfect time for apple picking...especially in New England!  Also, apples have become forever associated with school teachers.  So I can't think of  a better September theme!

A few Apple-themed freebies:

My favorite Apple books:

PS, I love "Apple Trouble" so much that I wrote a blog post on it last year, created a book companion on Teachers Pay Teachers, and plan to write about it again next week!  Also, I can't use food in my sessions any more.  If you can, here's a fun apple tree themed snack I made with my son (read the post HERE).

To view the rest of this post (including October and November themes and activities), please continue on over to Twin Sisters Speech & Language Therapy!

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