My primary goal as a classroom teacher was to read as much as possible to my students. Reading to children displays so many natural components needed to be a good reader. We can conduct picture walks, demonstrate book orientation and print awareness, and even demonstrate appropriate tone, prosody, and inflection while reading. Sensory stories convey short narratives using a mixture of text and complimentary sensory experiences.
Did you know that mini objects are not only an incredibly versatile resource in education, but they can also target dozens of skills? In one session, I may use mini objects and trinkets for articulation, categories, syllable segmentation, initial sounds, and comparing/contrasting. Our mini assortments include everything from delicate seashells to decadent cupcakes. Mini objects can be embedded within read-alouds, math activities, silly sentences, and writing prompts…the opportunities are truly endless!
Fine Motor Fun
Developing fine motor skills is an essential component when assessing a child’s ability to gain access to multiple areas of academic and functional tasks. Pencil grasp development can be addressed using a wiffle ball, play-doh, and even a binder clip. There are countless games and opportunities to promote fine motor skills and it’s not unusual to see us playing Operation, Yetti in my Spaghetti, or Noodle Knockout! Play-based doesn’t equal non-academic; this is evident in the creative approach we use when intertwining related services within academics.
Social Skills Circle
As an educator, it’s safe to say that social skills are paramount when promoting your child’s ability to engage in appropriate play, participate in group activities, and acknowledge age-appropriate norms and expectations. Providing a haven for your child to practice these skills and feel comfortable across various settings is incredibly rewarding. Are you interested in preparing your little one for school readiness activities? Our social skills groups are the perfect answer to creating more peace of mind.
Child’s Choice Writing
Writing. Let’s be honest…most children dread it. Child’s Choice Writing is just that; it’s the power of choice. Research shows that providing a child with a choice can greatly impact their intrinsic motivation regarding engagement. “Would you like to write with a crayon rock or a shuttle pen today?” “Would you like to practice your sight words on neon paper or a white board?” Our goal is to get your child excited about writing! Options like these will allow your child to take ownership of their abilities and promote success.