Ms. Casucci’s Speech and Language Update
Summer break is almost here! For many students who receive speech/language services, the break from school also means a break in treatment. During summer recess, parents can help their children maintain communication skills learned during the school year. Providing your children with fun, engaging activities is a great way to make practicing skills more enjoyable and less of a “chore” during their break!
Here are some fun suggestions for speech and language activities to do with your child during the summer:
Practice word lists in the car.
Have your child practice his or her target sounds by saying target words during car rides.
Have them repeat a word five times at each red light or stop sign.
Go on a sound hike.
Take a walk with your child and identify words along your walk that contain their target sound.
See who can find the most words!
Create a sound book.
Help your child make a book of words, pictures, or words and pictures that contain his/her target sound.
Put one target word on each page and review the book every week.
Read comics from books or newspapers with your child.
Use a highlighter to mark words that contain his/her target sound.
Go to the library!
Sign your child up for the local summer reading program at Thayer Public Library.
As he/ she reads each book, ask questions like “Who is the main character?” “What do you like about this story?” “How do you think it will end?” “What was your favorite part?”
Keep a journal.
Have your child keep a journal of summer events.
If your child cannot yet write, have him/her draw pictures to tell stories. You can have him/her tell you the story and you write it in the journal.
Play board games.
Encourage social skills like turn taking, being a good sport, and topic maintenance when playing board games as a family.
Email me anytime Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns!
Ashley Casucci, MS CCC-SLP
Physical Therapy News from Ms. Dillon
Have a fun summer!
Be sure to make physical activity fun, not work! Find the activities your child enjoys!
It can be a structured, formal program, such as taking swimming lessons, gymnastics classes, or martial arts classes, playing a team sport, or participating in Track Club.
It can be non-structured such as going to the playground, dancing in your kitchen, playing in the pool, playing at the beach, playing in the back yard, kicking/catching/throwing balls.
Provide easy access to equipment such as tricycles/bicycles, jump ropes, hula hoops, scooter boards, scooters, balls, chalk, bubbles, etc.
Balance activities- standing on one foot, walking on a line, walking on a board or balance beam.
Targeting activities- hitting a pitched ball or ball off a tee with a bat, volleying a balloon, bowling, hitting a ball/birdie with a racket, catching bubbles.
Kicking skills- practice kicking, trapping, passing and dribble a ball with feet.
Throwing and catching- use a football, playground ball, tennis ball, Frisbee and play a game of catch.
Always, Be Safe.
Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads, or knee pads when using bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades.
Always provide adult supervision for children in and around water.
Use life vests when on rowboats/canoes/kayaks.
Keep skin protected with sunscreen.
Keep children hydrated!
Don’t forget to protect children from bugs/mosquitos.
Check for ticks!
Elisa Dillon, Physical Therapist, email@example.com
Ms. Kidd's Corner
As we come to a close on our year at Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center, I would like to take a moment to thank you for sharing your children. It has been wonderful to collaborate and grow together!
We have been enjoying talking about the many new faces and friends we will be seeing as we transition to the next year of school. Our friend, Mo Willems, has had some great books for talking about the different friends we may meet, and ways we can share our interests with our different friends. We also flexed our friendship muscles, playing games about different ways we may develop friendships, and seeing other friends’ perspectives.
As our kindergarteners transition from the kindergarten environment to their new learning environments, it can cause some anxiety of the unknown. This can lead to some “unexpected” emotions, at times, that may be difficult for our kindergarteners to find the words to describe. It can be very helpful for us to assist our children to balance enjoying these last few weeks of kindergarten, with the excitement of moving onto a new classroom. Setting aside time to discuss their hopes and fears for next year can help to reduce some of that anxiety, and free up emotional space for enjoying their time. Sometimes visual supports, such as calendars, can also be helpful, with all of the wonderful activities coming up. This can help our students to know what to expect in the coming weeks, and feel more confident.
In June, we will be continuing to work on being “flexible friends” as we work towards our first grade transition. It has been such a pleasure working with your children. Thank you for all of your support and collaboration on this exciting educational journey!
Please feel free to reach out at any time with questions or concerns.
Emily Kidd, School Psychologist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupational Therapy News from Ms. Sherwin
This has been a very busy year at Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center! The children have been busy learning to use their small hand muscles for bilateral hand skills in the classroom, mastering correct letter and number formations (remember to start your letters and numbers at the top!), cutting with scissors, and many other necessary fine motor activities in preparation for next year. The summer provides a slower pace and an excellent opportunity to practice those skills and without the pressure of school. Below are some suggestions for the summer months. I wish everyone a safe and happy summer and best wishes for next year!
Get out to the playground often. Climbing, hanging, swinging, and sliding are excellent sensory activities, and also build upper body strength.
Messy art activities can move outside for more sensory fun. Activities such as playing with shaving cream, finger painting, drawing with sidewalk chalk and then squirting off the pictures with a spray bottle are just a few ideas.
Water activities, whether swimming laps or playing in a wading pool, provide strong sensory input and excellent activities for building upper body strength and endurance.
The beach is great for building sand castles, looking for hidden treasures in the sand, or even going on a treasure hunt. You can even incorporate playing “I SPY “to look for hidden treasures. Don’t forget to bring digging tools, pails, sunblock, and other necessary items to the beach.
Please remember that children need to be supervised at all times, and have fun!
It has been a pleasure getting to know your students this year, and I wish everyone a safe and happy summer!
Amy Sherwin C.O.T.A/L, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, email@example.com