Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SPRINGY Speech!

Hi Everyone!

I cannot tell you how happy I am that Spring is finally here! If it were up to me, we'd have about 2 weeks of "chilly" weather right in time for Christmas, and then it would go back to being "beach" weather again!

We've been busy welcoming Spring into the Speech room the past few weeks with many activities and a great new book. Our Pre-K theme was "Growing and Changing" which fit in perfectly with Spring time. See what we've been up to below!


You can't talk about Growing and Changing without discussing caterpillars! This craft was a great follow-up after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I cut out leaf shapes from cardboard and the students glued torn construction paper on for the leaves. The caterpillars are made from pom-poms!
Our butterflies turned out great! The students colored coffee filters and then they were sprayed with water. We then placed clothespins on for the bodies and added pipe-cleaners and puffy-paint eyes. I must add that this project was made so much more beautiful thanks to the help of our wonderful Pre-K teachers. I have to be working with the best 3 Pre-K teachers in the State!



This is a new book for me this year, and I adore it! I just happened upon it in Barnes and Noble one day, and I'm so thankful I did. It fit in perfectly with our Growing and Changing/Spring Unit! We used it for discussing different animals that hatch from eggs, and it was also wonderful for working on using context clues and pictures to predict what type of animal would hatch from the egg!

The Pre-K students watched a You-tube video of baby chicks hatching from their eggs, and then made this craft following reading What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward.

After reading What Will Hatch? the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students made their own eggs and decided which type of animal would hatch out of their egg!


This particular student decided to have a baby bird hatch from his egg. Other than birds, we had a snake, platypus, octopus, alligator, and even a dinosaur hatch!

I have several new blog posts to put up over the next week, including more activities, Freebies, and a baby gender announcement! Keep checking back, and as always, I love to hear from you! How are you celebrating Spring in Speech? Oh...and here's an Amazon affiliate link for What Will Hatch? It's a must have for your 'Spring books' collection!



 

Whitney :)

3 comments:

  1. Just curious, I'm currently a college freshman and I'm about 98% sure that I want to be a SLP. I would like to transfer to UGA next year, and have Valdosta be my back-up school. I prefer UGA because I live in Cobb County, and I would like to occasionally come home.

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    1. Hi! You're definitely thinking about becoming a part of a great major! I'm very familiar with both the VSU and UGA speech programs. Send me an email to: whit.smith.1987@gmail.com and I'll be happy to answer any specific questions you have about the programs and give you some tips on the info I know.

      Thanks! :)

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  2. Like the cute caterpillars on leaves. I also like the butterfly idea. I worked with an OT who put colored gel soap in baggies...this was to be the wings (the kids could add glitter and stickers to it), closed them with packing tape and used the pipe cleaners and clothes pins for antennas and body on butterfly. Same premise but it was pretty cool to send the kids home with a nice sensory art project! Love all the sprint ideas!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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