Category Archives: Preschool

Printing Letters in Preschool Helps Children Recognize Letters

There is so much going on in the field of neuroimaging research and the brain. In the August 11, 2008 issue of “Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists,” they cite research by Karin Harmin James, PhD, at Indiana University. “We … Continue reading

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“Quack Quack” by Blue Orange

  Eight charming, little farm animals–simply illustrated using just three colors–are hanging out in a field. Players roll the three dice to see what colors they need to match to an animal. Spot the animal whose colors correspond to the … 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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Clever Preschool Website to Teach Kids the Alphabet

Admittedly, this website might be even more entertaining to parents than kids but check out bemboszoo.com. Click on any letter of the alphabet, see an animal beginning with that letter spelled out and then watch the letters morph into a … Continue reading

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New Halloween Books to Encourage Kid’s Language

  I am going to write a few blogs about some fun new Halloween books. I will warn you that I am not into the scary, creepy kind. I was actually half way through a pretty good book when the … Continue reading

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Parents of Autistic Kids Need a Break Too–Take Care of You

I was visiting with a mom while I was working with her 3 year-old who had recently been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. We were talking about vacations and she shared that she had just gotten away for the weekend … Continue reading

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Great Websites–Resources for Parents, Teachers and Speech Therapists on Reading and Bilingual Learning

Check out Reading Rockets, www.readingrockets.org, offering “a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities to help young children learn how to read and read better.” This site is packed with practical ideas from preschool resources to encourage pre-reading skills, including … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids that it is Okay to Make Mistakes–Language Evolves

I work with several students on building their language to support writing. We brainstorm ideas, organize them, make pictures in our mind, get ideas down on paper and then revise, adding wonderfully rich adjectives and correcting verb tenses. Teaching the … Continue reading

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Boys are Different Than Girls–Look at Their Pretend Play

For some reason my daughter-in-law finds my life amusing. Yesterday she asked me to tell her something funny. Having just spent the morning with 2 and 3 year-olds, I could oblige. I had volunteered to be a “Love Lady” in … Continue reading

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Parents and Teachers Check out “Big Words for Little People” to Laugh and Learn Children’s Language

  Usually, I’m not one to recommend a celebrity author’s book but Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell is a riot! Naturally I am drawn to a book that encourages vocabulary, especially words that … Continue reading

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