Being Busy Bees
The summer time is a challenge to find balance with fun and practicing skills. Often, families are away on vacations, kids are in camp, and the lure of playing outside trumps speech and language practice. The truth is that all of these summer time distractions mean that speech and language gets pushed aside by children because they are focused on time with their families. This means that it is even more important to make sure to practice and create ways to incorporate this at home. Let’s embrace the busy bee theme and use it as a way to stay focused during the busy summer.
Busy Bee Word Practice for Home
Kids adore making something special and taking it home with them. Easy Child Crafts has a great project that could be made during a session. This fun little bee created from a tube would make the perfect practice container for children to bring home to their families. To make this you will need a toilet paper roll, yellow/black/white/peach card stock, scissors, stapler, glue, and the template found on their post.
Follow the step-by-step directions posted there, but add two additional items. Create a top and bottom for the bee’s body (the tube section). This will allow the body of the bee to become a storage area for words. Make some honeycomb (hexagon) shapes or coins with honeycomb pictures on it to use. These shapes will be practice cards for children to take home. You can have them glue on pictures, word groups, questions, or other skills that they are working on. Since these are going home to utilize, consider taking time to have translations of the words/items on the reverse side. This will assist everyone in helping and also familiarize the children in the importance of their multilingual identity.
Creative Honeycomb Time
Take some time to talk about bees and where they live. Since children often see them during the summer months, this can be an interesting subject. Two books that explain a lot about these busy critters are:
- Are You a Bee? (Backyard Books) by Judy Allen
- In the Trees, Honey Bees! by Lori Mortensen
Have some hexagon shaped stencils for the children to use on yellow paper. These will be their individual honeycomb sections that will made up a larger beehive. Rather than write words on these shapes, they will be partially glued down to create a flap that will open to show an item inside. Depending on what students are working on, this will allow you to be flexible with what goes under the hexagons. You could have vocabulary in words or pictures, questions, phrases, or strictly articulation focused. Model a project and show them how the hexagons are placed in such a way that they create a word hive. When finished with this, allow time to draw bees, flowers, and other items around the honeycombs. This can be sent home as another way to practice words and share what they made. Remember to practice talk time when making the items where kids can walk you through what they are making for conversational skills.