This year, I am going to focus a lot on language lessons and the materials that go along with the books I use. I use books a LOT. I don't have an iPad (although I dream and drool about one, sometimes) and I like to tie my language lessons to the reading curriculum.
We do a lot of shared storybook reading. We talk about almost everything there is to talk about. Where's the title? Where is the cover? Who are the characters? Why did they do that? What do you think will happen next? If you're an SLP too, I am sure you do all of this naturally. I know sometimes those not in the teaching profession do not think to ask these things while reading with their children. My big goal with a lot of the take-home activities is that parents interact a little more with their kids on a different level, rather than simply reading the story and turning the lights out.
One of the first primary grade units I encounter during the school year is the animal unit. I actually love starting the year off on the animal unit because most of the time, because I can build on what prior knowledge the kids have.
At the bottom of this post is a downloadable PDF link. Feel free click save, but first say hi, tell me about some of your favorite farm activities, or share what you do with the little ones while learning about animals!
Happy speeching and welcome back to a new school year! I hope your paperwork stacks are short and your pay increases are large! :]