Monday, January 27, 2014

Alphaboxes :Valentine's Day Theme

Hi Again,

Alphaboxes, created by Lynda Hoyt, is a wonderful nifty idea that may be utilized in various ways.  Alphaboxes is commonly used as a strategy to activate prior knowledge, build vocabulary, and build comprehension.  Many educators use this tool as a formative assessment. 

How I Use Alphaboxes:

I use alphaboxes to introduce a topic or category during my sessions.  I create a table with 4 columns boxes across and 6 rows of boxes,  Each box is labeled with a letter of the alphabet, from a-z. I created a space at the top of the page to include a topic.  The students generate or brainstorm words beginning with the letter in the box and are associated with the topic.  For example, if the TOPIC is TRANSPORTATION, and the first box is the letter "A" the  students have to think of transportaion items beginning with the  letter in the box- AIRPLANE.  Click the link to view an example of one.  I had my students look for pictures and paste it into the box- so it can be used in various manners and modified.


Alphaboxes and Valentine's Day

Valentine's day is one of my favorite holidays so I created Alphaboxes with this theme in mind.  Today I'll offer you this activity as a freebie!  Just click on the link... :)


I wish you all happiness and LOVE, today and always.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Getting to Know You (Conversation Skills)

If you ever had a young student with a language delay, I'm sure you have observed that it can be difficult for that child to find the words that are necessary to initiate friendships or  to begin a simple conversation.

When I teach these students I begin by setting up a very simple story that explains how to start a conversation.  The story is 3-4 sentences and describes the steps that he/she can use to get a peer's attention.  Skills such as asking questions, choosing different topics and turn-taking are scripted and broken down into steps.  I have observed that use a guide or script or breaking down each task helps the student to internalize the skill.  With consistent repetition and using different scenarios and situations, the student can make valuable gains.

Below I have provided a link to one of the activities I use with my students that lack basic conversational skills.

Getting to Know You



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to Make a Memory Game in PowerPoint


Wow, it's the first day of 2014!  It's time for new beginnings. Is one of your goals, this year, to learn how to use technology in your class or therapy sessions?  Well, if it is and playing memory games with your kiddos is an activity you use, then this is the post for you.
I know my kiddos love memory games.  Memory can be played with all sorts of topics and subjects!  Language, Math, Science...I think you understand-no need to keep listing topics.  :)   Memory games are fun and beneficial for children and adults.

Memory games:
1) improve brain power (at any age)
2)  improve positive social interactions (with adults or other children)
3) improve problem solving, comprehension and reasoning skills
4) and of course, improves memory

Since memory games can be tailored to any age group, you can make variations of the game by using a low-tech models (cards) or high-tech models (computer programs, apps).

Today, I will be focusing on a 'high-tech' model.  I'm sharing 2 video- tutorials that will teach you how to make a memory game using technology-PowerPoint.  There is a third video-which you can search for on youtube. It's all there for you to view at any time.  Enjoy making an interactive computer based memory game!  Have fun!