Movin’ on to Owen and the m-m-m-m-m sound-Week 4

My Five Senses was a good non-fiction book that taught the children about how our senses help us learn.  Most of the books we read are fiction, so a ‘real life’ book is good to read every now and then.  I hope you read the popcorn book with your child that they brought home in their backpack.  Click Here for GREAT  language enriching experiments using the senses to try at home.

We have been enjoying our ‘Surprise Bag’ day.  This week is the m-m-m sound.  We  have nearly 100% participation! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being dedicated to the home/school connection.  I love how some of you bring so many items.  Unfortunately we only have time to describe one of the items, so if you send in many, we will just choose one.  Don’t forget those 3 clues ;-).  When you read the Language Learning At Home activities, the poem will always be at the end. Read and recite it with your child.  I choose a student to be the ‘teacher’ and point to each word in our poem.  It helps develop left to right tracking (direction we read) and top to bottom (we read the top of the page and move to the bottom).  Whomever comments on this blog this week that they practiced the poem, their child will get to be the ‘teacher’!

Our story this week is a wonderful story for preschoolers.  It is about Owen and his attachment to a blanket. What a perfect time to talk about growing up and things that change (no more diapers, pacifiers, bottles, etc.). Actually, my 24 year old son still has his “blankie” tucked away in a box. It helped him through many stressors of childhood :-).

Thank you for a great start to the school year.  Early intervention has so much going for it and your child will see the benefits for years to come!

Have a great week.

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 5.24.14 PM  Mrs. Hughes


On to the Five Senses

We had so much fun with The Kissing Hand.  I hope you all enjoyed the photographs with your children making their own kissing hands. Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 11.35.10 AM

This week we will be talking about the five senses and reading a book by Aliki called, My Five Senses.  If you don’t have a copy, check one out at the library and read it with your child.

On ‘speech day’ we will be doing an activity with popcorn.  The children will use their five senses to see, smell, touch, hear, and taste popcorn.  We will use words that describe like, white, fluffy, crunchy, yummy, salty and light.  Read the book that they make and talk about all of the words they used to describe.   Try something different and  make your own batch of popcorn together on the stove or in a popcorn popper instead of the microwave.

Click on the Language Extensions at Home, August 22-26th to the right.

Please practice the /s/ poem and bring an item that begins with /s/ in your Surprise Bag.

Have a great week!

The Kissing Hand week 2


This week some of you will be sending in your Surprise Bag for the first time.  We are focusing on the h-h-h-h-h-h, heater sound.  Three and four year old are not developmentally ready to figure out if a word begins with a particular sound, that’s why this is a ‘group’ activity with  YOU involved!  One way to work on this is to find 2-3 items with one that begins with our sound (hat, ball, cup).  Ask your preschool if c-c-c-cup begins with hhhhhhhh, if it did it would sound like hup.  Is it a hup?  etc. Then, talk about the hat and think of three clues.  You will have to help with this. “Is it hard or soft?  Write down, 1.  It is soft. Do you wear it or eat it? Write down, 2.  You wear it  Do you wear it on your arm or your head?  Write down 3.  You wear it on your head”.  Put that paper with the clues in the bag with the item you chose and send it in the bright orange Surprise Bag.   Please only send in ONE item (and don’t everyone send in a hat 🙂 .  We only have time for each child to play one time.  Again, what we are doing is setting that foundation for reading.  By the time your child is five, if they have done these activities for 2-3 years, they will have those pre-readiness skills to become a solid reader.

I am excited that we are reading, The Kissing Hand this week.  One activity we may do is roll a die, and put the number of kisses we roll, onto a cardboard hand.  This develops turn taking skills, counting skills, and following verbal directions.  We will also sequence the story working on first, next and last.  We may sing,  Click Here.  We will also tally which story we liked better, The Kissing Hand, or Spot Goes to School.

Don’t forget to click on the Language Extensions At Home Week of August 15-19 in the right column of this blog.  Please practice reciting the poem.

Have a great week!


Welcome to the 2016-17 year in Preschool

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year.  I am the Speech and Language Pathologist who will be working in the classroom one day each week.  I am excited to be back at Boulder Creek and Highland Park preschools.

I created this blog so that you are able to stay connected with what is happening in the classroom the day that I am there.  It will allow you to keep up with our ‘doings’ and also allow you to comment, provide feedback, and share helpful information.

I travel to three different preschools.  I will be in Ms. Suzann’s room on Mondays, Ms. Starke’s room on Tuesdays and Ms. Vest’s class on Thursdays.  I will sometimes include links to a story I read and to songs we sing.  I do this so that you can have conversations with your child about their preschool day.  This will provide you with a catalyst (Did you read Spot Goes to School or Kiki’s Blankie today? Tell me about the experiment with the coconut that you did today.) for dialog about your preschoolers experiences.  This not only provides you with information, but it helps build speech and language skills in your preschooler!  How cool is that?  I will also provide access to the poems for the sound we are learning as well as a language extension page. This will allow you to practice the poems and enrich language through suggested ideas for home!  That’s your homework each week with your preschooler.

I know this will be a fabulous year in preschool with all of us working closely together to provide the best early intervention possible.  Thank you for sharing your child with me, it truly is the reason I love what I do.