Kristin from Simply Speech is my last guest post this week and definitely one of my favorites! She always has great ideas for organization, which I need help with, and I have loved reading about how she implements speech centers. Today she brings us more ideas for something we always need…prepositions!
Prepositions Are All Around Us!
Do you every notice a trend in your goals each year? For example, one year I had a ton of kiddos working on pronouns and another year I had a large group working on requesting. Well, this year was the year of the preposition! I quite a few students that had preposition goals on their IEPs this year so needless to say, I get to get a little creative. I wanted to share some of my favorite “go-to” activities when working on prepositions (and there is a freebie too!)
1. Mrs. Kristin Says! …You may know this game as “Simon Says.” I love using Simon Says as a warm up or cool down in therapy. The kids love to play and have no idea you are actually assessing them in the process. Give simple commands to your kids such as, “Simon Says put your hands behind your back,” or “Simon Says put the crayon under the table.” After a few rounds, I let the kids take turns giving commands, too. Best part is, you can do this activity in whole group, small group, walking to speech… anywhere!
2. Prepositions Journey by Virtual Speech Center. I don’t know about your students, but mine like love the iPad. I can pretty much get them to do anything as long as the iPad is involved. This is a simple app that is great for progress monitoring. Students can demonstrate their knowledge of prepositions both receptively and expressively in this app. I Spy. This is another fun game that you can play with the kids anywhere. Pick an object around you and describe it to your kids. “The object I see is next to the book and under the flag.” Let the kids figure out your object based on the preposition clues you give them. Then, when their skills get really good, let them give clues to you and their friends.
3. Whoooo Knows Prepositions? This is an owl themed book that I created for my students to practice prepositions and take home for homework. It addresses the following prepositions: over, under, next to, in front, and behind. You can download this book for free in my TpT store here:
Kristin Cummings, M.S., CCC/SLP is a school based and private SLP. She is the author of the Simply Speech blog and most importantly, Kenzie’s mommy! You can find Kristin on