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It feels like FOREVER since I've actually had the chance to sit down and share with you what I've been doing in my speech room! Before Christmas, my son came home telling me about a book that his preschool teacher read to him. It sounded fun! The next week, a co-worker had it out in her pile of snow themed books and I had to check it out. Sneezy the Snowman is now one of my all-time favorite snowman books!
I encourage you to head over to Amazon and use the "look inside" feature. You won't be disappointed! In the story, Sneezy keeps looking for things to make him less cold. The first thing he does is drink hot cocoa. Many of my students can relate this...it is a fairly common activity post-snow play! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we used Hot Cocoa Speech (a very fun freebie) by Lauren over at Busy Bee Speech:
I used cotton balls because we're not supposed to give food to students...well, technically there is a loophole. A permission slip must be signed by the parent of EVERY student in the group. It just so happens that one of the teachers with whom I work had already sent home a permission slip for marshmallows! So, after reading the story to that class, we discussed ways to warm up and what we like to eat with our hot cocoa. The kids made this craft (the pattern is from Mailbox Magazine) to bring home:
Every January, I target /s/ blends with my articulation students. Why January? Well, it's the perfect opportunity to target the sound in a naturalistic way! There are just about 100 ready-to-go target words! Here are just a few: snow, snowman, snowball, skate, scarf, sled, slide, slip, slippery, skid...You get the idea! So, with my articulation groups, we made this snowman craftivity:
For the snowman, I used a printable page from Tales of a First Grade Teacher. I got the photos from Phonology Roundup by Super Duper (I got the book that comes with a CD ROM). I printed 2 pages per sheet of paper so the pictures would be smaller. We glued the target words on and, in some cases, added some bonus words (sticks, snowflakes, scarf)!
And that pretty much sums up my week last week! I'd love to hear from you. Have you read "Sneezy the Snowman"? If so, what do you think of it?