On the 4th day of posting this Speech Lady gave to me, some ideas to teach preschoolers.
About 90% of my caseload are boys. That means I've gotten really good at crashing cars, making horrible wrecking noises and knocking things down. I like to directly teach my kids how to play with toys and then help them generalize that in real-time play with peers. Last week we focused on cars. I made this poster with some target vocabulary for the kids to use.
Some additional activities were a car wash. I like this because along with teaching pragmatics, it is so important to teach play skills. A lot of my kids use 1-2 step play sequences and it's important to expand that as you get so much more language with just one extra step of play.
With a car wash you have a novel 3 step sequence. We just used two bins and a towel, but how cute would it be to make these with your kids?!?
We also went on a scavenger hunt for tools around the school so that we could fix a wounded car. I couldn't have dreamed in my wildest dreams how many peer to peer interactions I got with this activity. It was very exciting.
Cars are also a great opportunity to work on basic concepts like size, quantities and color. I usually like to categorize them by colors, type (car/truck), size etc.
Love this book to go along with our play!
Play is such a critical part to teaching language and pragmatic skills with little guys. I know I always forgot about just playing when I worked in the schools. The school I'm at now is a school founded on the importance of play.
All I know is I've gotten really good at playing and I make some pretty legit environmental sounds these days :)