In our classroom, we have music therapy with Ms. Jenn every-other Wednesday. We love music therapy and the students really look forward to it. Ms. Jenn does a great job tying her music therapy sessions into what we are working on in the classroom. One of my favorite aspects of music therapy is that Ms. Jenn gives each child multiple opportunities to talk about what's important to them, pick a dance move, greet a friend, etc. It's great for their speech, social, and fine/gross motor goals! For the past few weeks Ms. Jenn has been working on a bell choir song with the students. Each child has a bell and must pay attention to the colors Ms. Jenn has up front to know when to play their bell. It's been a lot of fun watching the students grow in confidence and ability each time Ms. Jenn comes to our classroom.
Dear Family & Friends,
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Our book for January will be Where’s Spot?, by Eric Hill. This is a traditional lift-the-flap book that targets many speech-language elements, including asking/answering yes/no questions and “wh” questions, prediction, identifying and verbalizing a number of prepositions (under, over, behind, in front, etc.) as well as use of a number of common household vocabulary. The basic premise: It’s time for dinner and Spot is no where to be found. His mother goes looking for him in different hiding places around the house, only to find many other animals hiding around the house. If you don’t have the book, there is no need to buy it. There is actually an animated version on YouTube. If you have access to the internet at home, this would be a free option! To watch this video click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JH-pAJ87m8
Be sure to emphasize the sounds for them as a model. Here is a list of vocabulary to focus on:
Verbs: eat, hide, look, hiss, see
Concepts: big/little, under/over, behind/in front, in/out
Phrases: “Where’s Spot?” “Is he (under/over) the (object)?” “Yes/No”), “It’s a (animal name).”
Articulation: /s/ and /s/-blends: Spot, Snake, Stairs, Snake sound, Spot’s mom
Thanks for all of your practice at home!
Now that we have worked on strengthening your children's muscles in their tummies, backs, and overall core, we will now focus on practicing transitional movements to make it easier for them to get up from the floor or move from a chair to standing. We will also focus on shoulder stability and using both hands to complete activities. Some of the fun activities we have planned for the month of January include: parachute games, building an igloo with "snow" blocks, finding objects in "snow", knee walking like a penguin, batting at suspended objects, tall kneeling on various surfaces, "ice skating" on paper plates, and balancing on a beam while picking up various objects. We will be including plenty of fun winter games and snow activities!
Ms. Sandy and Ms. Jill
For the month of January we will be working on bilateral coordination activities for the arms and legs. Bilateral coordination skills carryover into many other areas in a child 's life so they are a vital skill to work on .
Social Work News
This month students are going to practice social conversation skills. They will learn and role play ways to start a conversation and ways to keep a conversation going. We will practice these skills with peers and with adults. I look forward to getting to know your kiddos as we use these conversational skills.
Look for some pictures to come:)