Category Archives: Elementary School Age

Toy Fair 2015 Roundup, Top Trends Through a Learning Lens

Every year I feel like a kid in the candy store as I span the New York International Toy Fair’s nearly half million square feet encountering a talking dinosaur, life-size lego R2D2, Worry Eater, flying helicopters and minion mobs. I’m pumped up … Continue reading

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The Power of a Picture Book

I’ve gotta say there’s not much that gets me quite as excited as discovering a fantastic new children’s picture book and usually the author behind it! In the last few years, here are some stand-outs that pack some powerful messages of … Continue reading

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“Too Much Glue” by Lefebvre Provides Language Lessons in Speech Therapy

As a speech therapist I find that just about any activity involving glue is fun for kids! The same apparently holds true for a book about “Too Much Glue.” Matty gets instructions from his art teacher to hold back on … Continue reading

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“Squirrels on Skis” Delights Kids in Speech Therapy

I want to share a delightful new book, “Squirrels on Skis” by J. Hamilton Ray and Pascal Lemaitre. In this season of continuous snow storms on the east coast, it is a timely topic–of  snow that is! Kids just love … Continue reading

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Speech Box™ For Speech Therapy App Review

I have been enjoying using the “Speech Box™” app by The Jonah Bonah Learning Company in my therapy sessions lately. As I explained to a speech pathology student shadowing me today, when you are in private practice, the percentage of … Continue reading

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Lessons in Writing from “Little Red Writing” by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet

With everyone anticipating the start of school, teachers and therapists are gathering new ideas to teach their lessons. I have worked within classrooms during writing lessons to encourage brainstorming, critical thinking and organizing for a writing assignment. I’ve seen teachers … Continue reading

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Wordless Picture Books Can Teach More Language

Last week research came out from the University of Waterloo finding that children hear more complex language from parents when they read a storybook with only pictures compared to the traditional picture vocabulary book. They recorded moms reading to their … Continue reading

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Language Lesson Making Comparisons “What If You Had Animal Teeth?”

“What If You Had Animal Teeth?” by Sandra Markle has the right combination of goofy comparisons, outrageous illustrations and fascinating animal facts to appeal to kids. Open the book and you are greeted with a child’s open mouth with the … Continue reading

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EzyRoller Gets Kids Moving

One of my favorite toy testing families came for a visit, jumped off their bikes and ran to get in line for a turn on the EzyRoller. Described as “not a luge, not a bike, not a scooter, moves like … Continue reading

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Rorys’ Story Cubes MAX Helps Kids With Special Needs

Speech therapists, parents and kids have enjoyed Rory’s Story Cubes for building storytelling skills as players use images on dice to trigger ideas for their tale. Inventor Rory O’Connor, who brought us Action Cubes this year as well, which depict … Continue reading

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