Category Archives: Elementary School Age

Great Gift Guide for Kids’ Toys, Games and Books

Parents often ask me for advice on best toys and games for gift giving this time of year.  A wonderful source for top educational materials for kids is the Parents’ Choice 2008 Holiday Gift Guide.  This trusted resource is divided by … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy Game for the “R” Sound

I always play  with toys or games when I work with children so they forget that they are doing “work!” It occurred to me the other day that “Chocolate Fix” by ThinkFun is a great game for practicing the “R” … Continue reading

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Great Educational Games for Kids

   Parents often ask me for good game ideas for their kids. Today a mom wrote down every game I played with her son directly to her Christmas list! Here are some new games I tried out this week that … Continue reading

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Speech Language Therapy Through Read Alouds

I’ve been working with several elementary aged children to build their language skills. I always find that rich children’s literature holds their attention, stretches their vocabulary, and builds reasoning skills. Recently, I used two books that I would recommend for … Continue reading

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More Tips for Saving Money on Educational Toys

Okay here is another tip for saving money–or should I say spend no money–on educational toys. I was at 3 year-old William’s house yesterday. He is building his skills in pretend play, picking up little Fisher Price people and having … Continue reading

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Getting the Most Language Out of a Visit to an Art Museum with Your Children

Being a parent is hard work and as we all know, rewarding–sometimes when we least expect it. For my birthday present my oldest son asked me into New York City for the day to go to two art museums. My … Continue reading

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Build a Kid’s Thesaurus with your Child to Encourage Vocabulary

I work with several kids to build their oral language skills that then relate to their writing skills. Research shows that oral vocabulary is linked to a child’s reading ability and certainly impacts their writing skills also. As kids progress … Continue reading

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New Research Questions Benefit of Waiting to Start Kindergarten

Advantages and Disadvantages of Delaying Kindergarten There has been a growing trend over the last 20-30 years for parents to hold their children out of kindergarten until they’re older, many starting their children later than 5 years of age. New … Continue reading

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“Pengoloo” by Blue Orange

  Waddle on down to the South Pole and start gathering these adorable penguins for a hot game of Pengoloo. Kids love the element of surprise as they roll the two-colored dice and peek under two penguins per turn to … Continue reading

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More Halloween Books, Queen of Halloween, to Build Children’s Language Skills

Here’s a simple, sweet Halloween story, Queen of Halloween by Mary Engelbreit, that can be used for the younger set to prepare them for that exciting but potentially scary night of trick or treating. Parents of children with special needs … Continue reading

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