Now that the school year is coming to a close, it is important to consider the continuing speech needs of your child. I encourage you to continue working with your child in their speech notebook through the summer months. Reviewing previous speech homework pages and encouraging "good speech" everyday is very important. Your child has made a lot of progress in speech this year, and I appreciate your support and cooperation. I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer! Sincerely, Mrs. Eldridge
Here are some activities that you can use to help your child this summer: 1. Magazines - A scrapbook is fun to make - reinforcing categories -farm animals, fruit, summer activities, sports, etc. 2. Children enjoy reading or telling about pictures in books. Olderchildren enjoy reading to younger children. Visit the library. 3. Counting and telling colors and names of cars, animals, etc. will includepracticing numerous sounds to improve articulation and intelligibility. 4. Sing along to DVDs, television or the radio in the car provides a good modelof speech. 5. Puppet Shows (paper bag puppets) - Many characters and stories can becreated with puppets. A box makes a good stage. Let your child talk about them. 6. Play games such as: Simple Simon, Go Fish, Memory, I Spy, I am going on apicnic and I am bringing..., etc. 7. Walk and Talk - Take a walk around the neighborhood and talk about whatis going on - dogs running, children playing, sounds you hear, etc. 9. What animal am I? Take turns thinking of an animal and acting out itsactions (monkey eating a banana). 10. TV Talk - Have your child tell you what happened during their favoriteshow. This is good for memory and telling events in sequence. 11. Memories - Have your child draw pictures of places you visit. Writedown what your child has to say, put together into a story book that canbe enjoyed over and over. 12. Find this - While in the car you can play an alphabet or colorgame - Look for things that begin with letter A, then B, etc. or something blueor green (or animals or items in another category).