Lift a flap books by Karen Katz

I came across these short, fun, colorful, lift a flap books by accident.  They have quickly become some of my favorites.  The children (ages 2-5) that I work with love them too.  They are charming for children and adults.  As most parents know, children enjoy hearing the same story again and again.  Reading these books for the 100th time is still fun for me.  Let’s hope that continues since they are a crowd pleaser. I think the kids like them because they get to do something.  The stories are simple and easy to remember.  The kids get a kick out of reading too.  Since the stories are simple, they quickly learn the book and know what to say to finish each page. As a therapist, I love that the children get a lot of repetitive practice.  They are easy to modify depending on the child’s level.  For instance, I can have a

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Silly Sally

  This delightful book is a fun way to practice speech sounds and language skills.  This repetitive line  story book tells the tale of  Sally is who is joined by various animals as she travels to town-backwards and upside down.   Since the lines repeat, even non-readers can retell this story by just looking at the pictures.  Check out these fun ideas for speech practice and language learning. Practice S and L sounds by saying: “Silly Sally went to town walking backwards upside down.” Work on rhyming by figuring out the action that the animal with do:  “Dance a jig with a silly pig.” Expand vocabulary by picking new animals and figuring out a rhyming action for the animal. Memorize the lines so that you can retell the story later without the book. Learn to predict by trying to figure out which animal Sally will meet next.  Hint:  the pictures will give you clues.

I spy with my little eye

I spy a learning opportunity! I grew up playing eye spy on family road trips.  You know the game.  The “spy” says, “I spy with my little eye something…” and then describes it.  The other player has to guess what the item is. I love this game and play it a lot in speech sessions.  It is a great game to address carryover of S blends, S, listening, TH, and L sounds.  The game also addresses language skills such as asking for clarification, classification, attention, turn taking, describing, and reasoning. The game is so popular that it has led to some books and games that I really like.  Check out these products and spy some learning! I Spy Preschool   Players match riddles with pictures, interlocking pairs ensure only the correct matches are possible. I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles This  book features riddles that send you searching through 13

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We all scream for ice cream!

It’s hot out there so scoop up these cool toys for some fun. These sets are great to teach sharing and politeness.  There is a lot of vocabulary to learn:  flavors, scoops, strawberry, cone, and cup.  You can talk about your child’s play focusing on school readiness concepts like location words, number terms, and sizes.  And, if you want to speed up the ordering at the ice cream parlor, then pretend to have an ice cream parlor in your living room. Here are the ice cream sets that I enjoy using in therapy.  The kids love them, too! Small World Living Toys delivers the fun, again.  This plastic set includes 5 scoops of ice cream, 2 cones, 2 cups, and an ice cream scoop. Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones is sturdy and includes 8 brightly colored scoops, 2 cones, and easily wipes clean. Melissa & Doug Ice Cream Scoop Set

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Happy birthday from Karen Katz

It’s Baby’s birthday, but where is his cake?  Karen Katz brings us another great book:  Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake? This book makes learning like a party…FUN!  Kids love lifting the  flaps to find Baby’s birthday cake.  They want to hear the simple repetitive lines again and again. Use this book to address: requesting to “open” each flap asking “where” questions learning to sing happy birthday increasing vocabulary what to expect at a party

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

Hello, reader! Did you love Hello, Animals!?  Do you want more?  Then check out Hello Bugs! This board book follows the same format as Hello, Animals! It has great black and white illustrations of adorable bugs.   The words are simple, repetitive lines:  ”Hello, bug”.  Each page also lists sounds related to the bugs. Kids love naming the animals, saying hello,  and imitating the sounds.  This will be another favorite!  

Read it again!

I always urge parents to repeat.  Especially to re-read favorite stories.  Here is an article to back me up: “Parents urged to repeat stories“.

Mad Libs

  Having trouble getting your kids to sit down and do school work this summer?  Of course, kids don’t want to work in the summer.  Summer is about having fun.  Bring back the FUN with Mad Libs! I’m sure that you remember these from your youth.  Fill in the blanks with nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, then let the silliness ensue!  Reading these silly stories still makes me chuckle.  Kids can’t get enough and will spend hours learning.  Oh, I mean having fun!

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