Last week I got a comment on my Bug Jar Craft, or more of a request for an explanation…how do I make this work and get in the repetitions I need to ensure my students make adequate progress? Which got me thinking about how well trained my students are with this and how I am sure it can seem like there is so much going on that no is actually doing speech…but we are! So I will explain exactly how it works, using this weeks craft…sea turtles!
First, I always have all of the supplies ready to go. This turtle is a pattern I found and I just copied it to green construction paper. I always have a stash of random construction paper shapes, so I grabbed all the squares and put them in a baggy. I keep these in a basket right next to my table for easy access. I also have a red caddy with scissors, glue, and pencils that students can grab what they need at the table.
I usually either use the Artic Buckets or Jumbo Artic pages already printed from my data binders to use as stimulus. We also sometimes have brainstorming sessions about words that go with the theme…but not always. I find myself doing that with students who also have language goals and need the vocabulary exposure. I always have instructions ready to go. My kids know the drill…they come in, listen to instructions about the activity and get started. While they are working on the activity, I do round robin drilling. I go around the table and each students says 5 words/phrases/sentences. They know that when it is their turn with me, all materials are down and they are focused on me and what they are saying. For this activity, they wrote their speech words on the squares and then glued them on the turtle’s shell.
Another important thing is that I always have an example for them to look at. This way, they are not asking me questions when I am working with other students. Once they get all their words on the activity, then they are allowed to color, cut, or decorate their project. If they happen to finish early, they grab whisper phones and practice their words.
I hope that answers some of the questions about how this works in my room! It is a well oiled machine at this point, but I have been doing therapy this way for a couple of years now. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask and I will answer 🙂
I also hope you like our sea turtles! They turned out really colorful and the kids had fun with them 🙂