Things That Go Together

One concept that comes up in evaluations and therapies is being able to determine what things go together (like hammer and nail, bowl and spoon, etc.). This usually involves the child looking at a picture of something and having to choose from another set of pictures what goes with it. Being able to match things . . . → Read More: Things That Go Together

Droppers

Unexpected Find = Fun, Engaging Activity

I was wandering through the aisles of my teacher supply store and saw a package of these droppers in the science section.

Dropper found in the Science section of my teacher supply store.

I thought that they would be great to introduce a little bit of experimentation while . . . → Read More: Droppers

Using A Mirror To Practice Speech Sounds

A basic mirror helps him see his mouth, particularly his lips and tongue, while practicing speech sounds.

This is a very basic idea that we have used quite a bit with Andrew. He has apraxia of speech which makes it very difficult for him to make certain sounds. What comes naturally and easily over . . . → Read More: Using A Mirror To Practice Speech Sounds

Coin Counting-Part 2

When I saw on Andrew’s weekly note from his teacher that he was going to be working on counting coins, I got excited, grabbed a cup full of mixed coins and was set. That is until I remembered that the last time we had done skip counting by fives he struggled a bit. (I will . . . → Read More: Coin Counting-Part 2

Coins – Part 1

Coin Counting

Coin counting is always a bit of a challenge for young children. I think that perhaps the way coins are used in real life creates this urgent need to get them counting different coins all together right away before they have a chance to fully grasp what the coins are and what they . . . → Read More: Coins – Part 1

Recognizing Silly Things

Andrew has been getting the High Five magazine (the Highlights magazine’s version for younger children) for a few years now and he always had his favorite section that he’d flip to right away – Hidden Pictures. One day I was looking at it with him and we came across the “That’s Silly!” section and I . . . → Read More: Recognizing Silly Things

Winter Themed My Obstacle Course YouTube Clip

I have gotten a lot of feedback from people telling me how it has helped them to understand what My Obstacle Course is when they see a video clip of what it looks like when I set it up. There is one clip on my website’s home page but I thought I would show an . . . → Read More: Winter Themed My Obstacle Course YouTube Clip

Sight Words

Sight words, also known as Dolch words, are specific words that are most common in reading materials at a certain reading level. They are also referred to as “the words you just have to know.” The other day I overheard some parents discussing how they needed to be doing more flash card work with their . . . → Read More: Sight Words

Domino Math

If you have been following my posts, you know that one thing I try to do when putting together activities for My Obstacle Courses is use things I already have, whether they are toys, pouches or calendar cutouts. I love it when I look around the house and find something that can help me make . . . → Read More: Domino Math

Stamping

My Obstacle Course station activity: Stamping the word "apple" during an apple themed course

This is one of Andrew’s favorite My Obstacle Course station activities and when I think back to when I taught kindergarten, it was one of their favorite “center” activities as well. There is just something about stamping that children seem . . . → Read More: Stamping