March was a fun month for Pre-Kindergarten speech kids. We met Ms. Y. She yawns and yodels a funny ‘y’ song. Ms. Y and funny haired Mr. H helped us practice and talk about healthy habits, like when we wash our hands, how we can cough and sneeze into the nook of our arm and using a tissue to blow our nose. We also met Ms. G, who was goofing off with her gooey gum before it got stuck in her hair and she had to throw it away in the garbage. But Ms. G does not through everything away! Indeed, with her we talked about the importance of throwing items away as well as recycling. We practiced differentiating between ‘plastic,’ ‘glass’ and ‘paper’ items. We also read The Three Billy Goats Gruff and talked about sequencing using, first, second and third. To celebrate Dr. Suess’s Birthday, we read Cat in The Hat and talked about rhyme words, words that end in with the same letters like: cat, hat, bat, fat, sat and mat. We practiced identifying words that rhymed in books and in nursery rhymes. During speech center, we worked on our individual speech targets in the end position of words. We played “matching” rhyme games with pictures while working on turn taking skills and articulating our speech sounds in final position of words. During circle time, we practiced following directions as to what body part to point to or dance with (e.g., twist your hips, shake your head, jump with your feet), reporting on our friends actions using pronouns (I, you, she, he) and asking ‘wh’ questions as our “Me” person of the week presented their pictures and show and tell items. As the last week in March is short, we will review our vowel sounds as we continue to make silly rhymes. So, as the Billy Goat Gruffs say, “…snip, snap, snout, This Tale’s told out.”
In February, the Pre-K speech class met a letter person of the week that helped us all month long. Her name is Mrs. V. She helped us learn about being healthy and eating our vegetables to get all our vitamins. We began working on sounds that require tight constriction of the articulators and airflow. We practiced the /v/ sound with use of the mirror to see that our front, upper teeth are positioned over our lower lip. Then we put our finger under our teeth to feel the ‘vibrating’ air as we make the /v/ sound. We also practiced /f/ and call it the quite fan sound, versus the noisy vacuum sound /v/. We worked on identifying and distinguishing which words began with /f/ versus /v/, as well as practice using these sounds when sorting vegetables versus fruit. Ms. V also stands for vowels and we got to meet each of the letter people representing each of the vowels. Ms. A stands for ‘achoo,’ as she is always sneezing and teaching us the importance of good healthy, such as washing our hands. Ms. E taught us about exercise and we practiced following directions with big motor and small motor movements, like Simon Says. Mr. I loves to measure in inches and helped us practice concepts of size such as short and tall. Mr. O helped us practice our opposites, like: up and down, cold and hot, yes and no. Ms. U loves to carry her umbrella and helped us talk about the weather outside and making choses as to what to wear and do based on what it looks like outside. Best of all, February was ALL ABOUT ME month and we started featuring a kid of the week to share toys, pictures and memorable while practicing speaking to our friends.
In January, the Pre-K class reviewed the school rules. We started a new circle time routine featuring our favorite friends, The Letter People! Children volunteered to do a dance and ‘rap’ to the alphabet while pointing to the letter and letter person named with the magic pointer. We reviewed procedures and safety rules and practiced fire and tornado drills. We met our new letter, Mr. D who loves to dance and dig for dinosaurs. We talked about attributes with our toy dinosaurs and those featured in big books. Students were asked questions helping them to think about targeted concepts (long/short, big/small). During Independent Play, we were introduced to two new play items, donut match and dinosaurs. We learned concepts such as ‘same’ and ‘different.’ The AM class was so happy to meet our new helper, Ms. Charlotte. She is loved and so appreciated by our students. She helps children with the following play skills: choosing a preferred item, inviting/accepting invitations to play, respecting the space of others and cleaning up after ourselves. We are so excited to start our new theme in February: ALL ABOUT ME! We will also meet Ms. V, make valentines and learn our vowels.
The Pre-K, speech and language class cannot wait to start the New Year. We have almost finished our theme ‘at school,’ but we will begin the New Year reviewing school rules. We will be reading books and acting our skits with our letter people friends, as they show us how to get along with others at school and what makes a friend. We will review the letters and corresponding speech sounds from last year. This time we will practice finding our speech sounds in the final word position and also contrast similar looking or sounding letters (like M versus W and P versus B) by sorting pictures into the correct mail box for our letter people. We will begin to introduce our new theme, “All about Me,” by expressing what makes us special, drawing pictures of ourselves and our interests. We will begin our ME bag, whereby a child a week gets to fill the ‘Me’ bag with items that represent what we like, do and feel to discuss during show and tell. Most exciting of all, we will begin to play letter/sound games on the promethean board featuring our friends, “The Letter People,” to review what we learned in 2016!
October was a big month for the AM & PM pre-school speech class. We finished our word wall and are now talking about how each letter makes a sound. We focused on the letters M and N. We made books for each letter with pictures of things beginning with those sounds. In circle, we read books that have these sounds, such as The Napping House, Mouse Paint and the Laura Numeroff books, If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Take a Mouse to School. We practiced identifying literacy terms, such as: the front, back and spine of the book, page, words, pictures, title page, author and illustrator. We practiced retelling the stories, using puppets and props. We are working on sequencing and predicting skills, as well as listening and developing our vocabulary. During language center and large group, we practiced identifying and using school utensils. We followed directions with colors and took turns telling our peers what color to make our /n/ and /m/ pictures. We also practiced reporting on our actions and our peers actions using appropriate pronouns and verbs (I am coloring, she is cutting, he is gluing). Our social skills was turn taking. We played games related to our sound, “Ned’s Head,” “Monkeying Around,” and “Five Little Monkeys”. We practiced saying, “my Turn,” “his turn” or “her turn.” During free play, we got to participate in three new centers: listening center, felt story boards, ‘teacher center’ and craft center. In speech, we identified the parts of our face we use to make our target sounds. Using a mirror, we practiced correct placement of our lips and tongue and practiced our own target sounds in word initial position. We are also practicing making rhymes with October themes, such as singing “Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate.” Now that we’ve learned the school rules, we are rotating in our centers and independently choosing what activity to do during ‘play center’ .