Archive for September, 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Thanks to Mrs. Rainey at Westside for this activity.  Can't wait to try it with my students.

EGG CARTON MUFFINS

Ingredients:

Muffin mix (you choose)

½ cup milk

 Supplies:

Large Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

½ cup measuring cup

1 tablespoon measuring spoon

Cooking spray

Egg carton (Styrofoam ~ washed and dried)

Butter knife

 What to Do:

  1. Wash hands.
  2. Wash work area.
  3. Lay out all cooking items.
  4. Open muffin mix and pour in bowl.
  5. Add ½ cup milk.
  6. Stir until well-blended.
  7. Spray egg carton with cooking spray.
  8. Fill egg holes ½ full with 1 tablespoon measuring spoon.
  9. Place in microwave with lid closed.
  10. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes at 50 % POWER!
  11. Check muffins (Be Careful!  They are HOT!).  Sometimes they require an additional 30 to 45 seconds to cook.
  12. Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
  13. Remove muffins with butter knife.
  14. EAT!!!

 

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Here are some great tips from www.speechfriends.com

What you can do to improve speech sound production at home 1.                  Listen to your child as they speak.  2.                If your child has only one or two errors, have them say a word over again when you hear an error.3.                If they can’t say it correctly, model the correct production for them.4.                Play “I spy” in your home, while traveling, or in a store with your child’s letter sound, where you both look for items that contain that sound.  The sound can be anywhere in the word.  5.                Use bedtime stories as an opportunity to look for your child’s speech sound in words.  Have them listen as you read and tell you when you say a word that has one of their sounds.  The child could also read the story aloud to you and point to the printed word containing their sound.6.                When you play “I spy” or read a story, have your child say that word several times or put it into a sentence.  Model a sentence for the child to imitate if they are unable to think of a sentence on their own. 7.                Use flashcards or make a memory/concentration game using pictures that contain your child’s sounds.  Have your child say each word as they turn over cards in a game. 8.                For working on phonological processes…you can do the same types of activities, just focus on one rule at a time.  Try to get your child to say all syllables of a word or put the ending sound on the word.  Using desired foods, toys, books or objects can be used to get your child to speak and request items.  The goal is to make an attempt at the correct production.  If the child doesn’t say the word correctly, you model the correct pronunciation.  

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This handout is from www.superduperinc.com/handouts 

Number 273

Helping Children to Make Choices

by Rynette R. Kjesbo, M.S., CCC-SLP

Why Is It Important for Children to Make Choices?

Everyone makes choices. Even babies make choices. Have you ever seen the mother of a crying baby offer the infant a rattle? When she holds the rattle up, the baby makes a choice. If he wants the rattle, he stops crying. If he doesn’t want the rattle, he continues to cry until he is given another choice. When we give children the opportunity to make choices, we give them a chance to gain a little bit of control over their surroundings. When children feel like they have some control, they are less likely to act out and misbehave. Giving children opportunities to make simple choices when they are young helps them to be more confident when they make more difficult decisions later.

Tips to Encourage Children to Make Choices

Like any skill, in order to learn how to make good choices, children must practice

making choices. Here are some tips you can use to encourage your children to make choices: practice making choices. Here are some tips you can use to encourage your children to make choices:

• Limit your children’s choices. Give them two items to choose from. For example, if your children are having difficulty deciding which book they want you to read to them, give them only two choices— "Would you like the bear story or the farm story?"

Give them two items to choose from. For example, if your children are having difficulty deciding which book they want you to read to them, give them only two choices— "Would you like the bear story or the farm story?"

• Make one choice something your children don’t like. To encourage your children to make a choice, try letting them pick between something you know they like and something you know they dislike. For example, "Do you want carrots or lima beans for a snack?"

To encourage your children to make a choice, try letting them pick between something you know they like and something you know they dislike. For example, "Do you want carrots or lima beans for a snack?"

• Hold real objects up in front of your children. Show

your children their options. For example, if you’re in the grocery store and your children can’t decide which cereal they want to get, hold up their choices and ask them to pick one. Show your children their options. For example, if you’re in the grocery store and your children can’t decide which cereal they want to get, hold up their choices and ask them to pick one.

• Talk to your children about their poor choices. We learn from our mistakes! Ask your children questions that make them think about their actions. For example, "When you decided to draw on the wall, was that a good choice?" "How do you think that made Mom feel?" "What other choice could you have made instead?" "What do you think will happen because you made a poor choice?"

We learn from our mistakes! Ask your children questions that make them think about their actions. For example, "When you decided to draw on the wall, was that a good choice?" "How do you think that made Mom feel?" "What other choice could you have made instead?" "What do you think will happen because you made a poor choice?"

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• Let your children make a choice about an activity they dislike. Don’t ask your children if they want to do the activity. Instead, ask what they would like to use for the activity. For example, "When you brush your teeth, do you want to use the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste or the mint?"

Don’t ask your children if they want to do the activity. Instead, ask what they would like to use for the activity. For example, "When you brush your teeth, do you want to use the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste or the mint?"

• Read stories with your children. Talk about the choices that the characters in the story make. For example, "What should the princess do?" "What choice did she make?" "What do you think would have happened if she had made a different choice?"

Talk about the choices that the characters in the story make. For example, "What should the princess do?" "What choice did she make?" "What do you think would have happened if she had made a different choice?"

• Give your children the chance to make choices. Let them pick out their clothes, choose their snack, or pick the toy they want to take to Grandma’s house. When they are able to make choices for themselves, ask them to make choices that affect others—for example, "Should we have chicken or spaghetti for dinner tonight?"

Let them pick out their clothes, choose their snack, or pick the toy they want to take to Grandma’s house. When they are able to make choices for themselves, ask them to make choices that affect others—for example, "Should we have chicken or spaghetti for dinner tonight?"

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

It's Grandparent's Day at Eastside this week.  Grades 3-5 will be Wednesday and grades K-2 will be Friday.  Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Peak will be holding a yardsale/bake sale during Grandparent's Days to raise money for their classrooms.  Please stop by and enjoy some tasty treats:)