More Fall Fun!
I am happy to share some good news for those of you who have
been following the Speech in the Schools Blog over the past year. Last October in
blog post I recommended a book called "The Spooky House of Horror" by
Charles Fuge, Ian Craig and Ron Van der Meer. I felt horrible to discover that
it was a collectors' item and now costs a lot! Well, I just checked on Amazon,
and there are some cheaper
copies, if any of you are interested.
So, let's move onto this October. I was excited to go on a
field trip with our functional academics class last week. We visited a farm/pumpkin patch, and of
course I had to try to make it a language lesson. I can't say that I was 100
percent successful, but here are some of the ways I try to make field trips
We have been doing a "farm theme" in the classroom for the last 2 months. I
will admit it is slow going. It's difficult for some of our students to
remember the names of animals, vehicles and the plants that grow on the farm. I
had picked about 18 target words, and wanted the kids to be able to name the
items and categorize them. I also wanted them to tell me mother and baby animal names. Although many of
our students persist in calling piglets "piglings," they did love seeing them
at the farm, and hopefully seeing them in person will help them remember the
names. Meanwhile we keep trying!
books! We took a digital camera and took tons of pictures. I try to make a
book of what we did in sequence. "First, we got on the bus!" and, "Then we
chose our pumpkin!" etc. It's fun to have a classroom book to help the kids
remember and relate what they did on a field trip.
As some of my fellow bloggers have discussed, there is so much we can do
with pumpkins! We took our pumpkins back to school, and kept one for activity.
We carved it (very carefully) discussing the attributes of a pumpkin. We took
turns scooping out the flesh, and then separated the seeds. There was lots of
negotiating involved with the scooping -- there's nothing like generating some
frustration to work on expressive language! Finally we set aside the pumpkin
seeds for roasting next week.