•  Winter

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    SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT:

     

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

     Your children have been working hard during their speech sessions. They have continued to work on improving their ability to express themselves with improving grammar and vocabulary, as well as improve their listening comprehension. Others continue learning new methods to producing their sounds correctly. 

    I welcome your suggestions and input throughout the school year. Please feel free to contact me via email at cwilliams@neptunecityschool.org or through the main office (732)775-5319.                                            

     Thank you for your continued support!

    Ms. Williams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

     

     DID YOU KNOW.....

    Winter is a great time to work on Speech and Language Skills?


    1. Tell or read the story of Frosty the Snowman.

      Ask your child to retell the story in their own words, or ask them questions about the story such as "what made the snowman come to life?"

    2. Use a hat and have the children pretend they are coming to life, just like the snowman. This activity is adaptable for children with varying levels of expressive language goals.

      If your child is having difficulty, use word strips (see below) and carrier phrases to help. A child with more advanced goals will be able to come up with their own phrases and ideas after your model.

      I am a snowman, I am....

      White
      Cold
      Made of Snow
      Happy

      I am a snowman, I have...

      A carrot nose
      Coal buttons
      Three snowballs
      A hat
      A scarf
      Stick arms

    3. Talk about how to make a snowman with your child. This is great for children working on expressive language skills, and is also great for sequencing.

      "First, you take a large ball of snow for the bottom. Next you roll a medium sized ball of snow for the middle, and then a small ball of snow for the head" and so on.

      Download or draw a snowman, color the nose, scarf and hat, laminate the page, then cut out the pieces (or to further simplify, you and the child or students can just draw the snowman as you discuss the steps).

      Now it's time to put those expressive language skills into action!

      Your child will have a great time building their own snowman. This activity is easy and fun!

      First you can show them how to make the snowman while modeling the skill for them. Next, they can show you while using their language skills.

    4. What is better for descriptive language than a hands-on activity?

      Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow........Get a large bowl and fill it with snow from outside, or blend ice cubes in the blender until it looks and feels like snow. (You may want to bring a cookie sheet and a couple towels from home as well).                                                                                                   



    5. Addtional book suggestions: Wonderful Winter by Bruce Goldstone; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett.  

     

     

     Happy Winter!