Category Archives: Preschool

Spring Speech Therapy Lessons, Poetry

Kids l love water so a story about splashing in puddles is the perfect spring book for a speech therapy lesson. Puddles, by Jonathan London is all about having fun exploring after a thunderstorm and definitely NOT staying dry! This … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, Articulation, Books, Elementary School Age, Language, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

Light ‘N Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles

Toddler toys are sometimes the hardest to recommend. Often we put adult features or themes on kids’ toys that they don’t even relate to but entices parents to buy them. One feature that I always look for is if there … Continue reading

Posted in Birth-3 year-olds, play, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Toddler, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playonwords.com Announces 2011 PAL Awards

Today is exciting because I announced the first PAL Awards for 2011. My top 22 toys and games that encourage creative play that builds language are recognized on my website here. I had such fun playing with the toys and … Continue reading

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

Best Educational Toys for Storytelling

Telling stories builds speech, language, and pre-literacy skills as children create a beginning, middle and end to their story, sequence and link concepts together to brainstorm a cohesive story. Fun materials stimulate thinking whether in speech therapy or at home … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, Language, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | 1 Comment

Best Educational Toys to Build Language

After attending the Toy Fair in New York City, I am busy testing all the great toys that have been sent to me as candidates for the PAL Award (Play Advanced Language). It is such fun to discover new companies … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, play, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

Top Preschool Books to Encourage Language Development

Here are some of my favorites, old and new for your preschooler to encourage language through a great story: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens. Check out my review. Kids love this book for the zany antics of the … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Books, Preschool, Preschool Class, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

Best Valentine’s Day Read-Alouds

Hang out for day with a child, and you realize that Valentine’s Day is everyday–filled with love and hugs overflowing. Capture the spirit with a fun picture book, whether chasing a kiss through the forest, freely dispersing hugs through a … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Birth-3 year-olds, Elementary School Age, Language, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

Guest Blog: Top 5 Kid’s Educational Apps for the iPad

Hi this is Andrew from Kids Educational Apps.   Full disclosure: My mom, Sherry, runs Playonwords.com.  As a father and video game enthusiast, I started a website for parents who love games that engage kids and encourage learning.  It just … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Apps, Birth-3 year-olds, Language, media review, play, Preschool, Reading, Toddler | 2 Comments

Teaching Your Preschooler to Read? Tips

I have blogged before about how ineffective some programs are that are marketed to parents of young children, claiming they will teach your baby, toddler and preschooler to read. Recently, I was stopped by a wonderful mom of a 4 … Continue reading

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

“Beautiful Oops!” For the Perfectionist In All Of Us

Driving around in my car with the radio droning on in the background, I perked up when listening to an author’s interview on CBS radio with Barney Saltzberg, who just wrote “Beautiful Oops!”  A fascinating topic for anyone who dabbles in … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Books, Elementary School Age, Preschool, Reading, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | 2 Comments