Hello my friends!
While we can't be at school together, I wanted to share different websites and activities you can do at home.
Miss you guys a ton!
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GoNoodle for songs, games, dances, and mindfulness
Movies, Books, Museums
The National Film Board of Canada’s education page has lots of videos and clips, as well as blog posts with activities
Our list of some fun and educational YouTube channels
Check out the Museum of Northern BC to see pictures and descriptions of their permament exhibits
Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery virtually
Explore the collections at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Watch and listen as a celebrities read children's stories at StoryLine
Language Activities for Home
Choose books your child enjoys reading and for each page or paragraph, ask comprehension questions, like who, what, when, where, why and how. If they have difficulty with answering, assist them by modeling what a "when” answer sounds like (ex. The dog slept at night)
Have story-telling time where you retell stories or books together. Show them what telling a story looks like by telling a story yourself, then ask them to do so.
When reading a book together, make predictions about the story and what will happen. Talk about what you think the book is about or what you think will happen next. As you read the book, discuss whether your predictions were right.
When reading together and you come across a word or phrase that is unfamiliar, discuss these with your child as you come across them. Try using them in a sentence, or describe how you would use the word/phrase.
Put on plays together or role-play. Create your own story or use this activity to re-tell a familiar story.
Play category games; name as many animals, fruits, instruments, colors, clothing, etc. as you can. Try to see how many you can do in one minute.
Play I Spy around the house or on a walk. This can help children with describing.
Play same/different games with your child. Take two items (ex. an apple and an orange) and ask how the two items are the same and different.
Cook or bake from a recipe. This can help with receptive (understanding) language skills and sequencing. Have your child teach a recipe to a family member. This can help with expressive (spoken) language skills and sequencing.
Practice sequencing by using a real life situation such as, "tell me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich." Watch this video for a great example of this game!
Articulation Activities for Home
**Articulation cards can be made by cutting out pictures with your child's sound from books and magazines and gluing them to 3x5 index cards, or ask your school Speech-Language Pathologist for some
- When playing board games, practice your child’s sound before their turn. Have your pile of articulation cards ready, and have the child pick the top card, then have them roll the die/dice. The number they roll is the number of times they have to say the word on the card, and the number of spaces they can move.
- Play hide and seek with articulation cards. Have a family member hide articulation cards around one room of the house and as the child finds them, they names them using their best sound.
- Make up a tongue twister (or choose one from this website) that features your child’s speech sound. The child tries to say them using their best speech sound.
- Choose two random articulation cards and use both words in a sentence using your best speech sound. To make it more challenging, try using three words…four words…
- Play memory/concentration with the articulation cards (must have pairs of the same words).
- Using magazines, newspapers, etc., have the child cut out several pictures that feature their sound. Talk about if the sound is at the beginning, middle or end of the word. The child says these words using their best speech sounds, and glues the pictures onto paper to make a speech sound collage.
- Go on a treasure hunt around the house to look for things that have your child's sound. Practice saying each word three times as you find them.
- While on a walk or in the car, look for things that have you child's target sound. Have a contest to see who can find the most. If you find something, have your child use the word in a sentence and vice versa.
- Play speech sound I Spy. One person chooses an object with the child's target sound (i.e. “lamp” if the target sound is /l/). That person says, "I spy with my little eye something that is ___" (gives a word to describe the lamp). The other person asks questions to try and figure out what the object is.
- Play articulation hopscotch. If outside, use sidewalk chalk to draw out a hopscotch course. In each square, draw a picture/word (or put an articulation card) of a target word. Have the child jump on each square while saying their word 5 times OR have the child toss a bean bag (or pebble) onto a square. Whatever word they land on they say 5 times before they jump the course. Keep going until all words have been practiced.