Category Archives: Preschool

STEAM PAL Awards Winners on FOX6 Milwaukee Today

Full STEAM Ahead with Language! The STEM/STEAM trend is really hot in the toy industry! Sherry Artemenko, Speech Language Pathologist with over 17,000 hours working with kids can help parents choose toys full of learning while advancing knowledge in science, … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Old Speech Therapy Friends

It’s been a year since I packed up all my therapy materials and PAL Award business and moved to Wisconsin. Anyone who does a big move knows that it’s “tedious and disruptive” as one of the movers said. I thought … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, Apraxia, Birth-3 year-olds, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Strategies to Enhance Language | Leave a comment

Great New Preschool Games for 2017

I’m always on the lookout for great new preschool games that teach while little ones are having loads of fun. A good preschool game has an element of pretend play to engage the children such as playing in a vegetable … Continue reading

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New Preschool Games from Toy Fair New York 2017

As I walk through the aisles of the New York Toy Fair, I get hit with the amazing ingenuity of toy designers. This year it was evident that there are still new ways to build a child’s memory, vocabulary, concepts … Continue reading

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Toy Fair New York 2017 Toys for Special Needs

I’ve always been a speech therapist who uses “off the shelf” toys not “therapy” toys to engage kids with special needs. They deserve to have the most exciting and fun toys and games to play with AND playing with products … Continue reading

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Toy Fair Trends New York 2017

Stepping through the doors of New York City’s International Toy Fair always pumps me up, the air charged with excitement, innovation, creativity, passion and fun!  With a hug from Peppa Pig, I started my search for fun new products embedded with language … Continue reading

Posted in 10 and up, 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Apps, Babies, Elementary School Age, Games, Language, media review, play, Preschool, Reading, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Toddlers, Toy Reviews, Toys | Leave a comment

Literacy Lessons Reinforced with Art

I had a great outing to the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin today. After a yummy lunch in the ArtCafe we visited the exhibits and ended up in the “student” section, art primarily by preschoolers. Can I … Continue reading

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Best Preschool Toys for Holiday Gifts and Learning Too!

I have lots of “bests” according to what your child’s interests are but here is a start: Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace by VTech. Shhh, don’t tell but this going to be our 3 1/2 hear-old’s WOW present … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Puzzles Please!

I’m blogging and posting some favorite gift ideas for your kids for the holidays. I think that parents should have fun playing with their kids too so a puzzle is a wonderful joint activity for smart play. I just spent … Continue reading

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Parents Ask for Best Holiday Toys for Painters and Campers

I often get asked by parents or grandparents about specific kinds of toys they want recommended for their kids or grandkids. I thought as we approach Christmas and the holidays I would share my answers in case it’s helpful to others. … Continue reading

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