Helping Speech and Language Students Ease into the School Year
The start of a new school year can be intimidating for some children. They may not know other children, their teachers, and speech therapy may be new to them. The best way to get started is to get to know everyone. While you may have interest inventories on some children, these activities will also help you to get to know each child and their personalities.
Conversation Starters and Games to Break the Ice
Sometimes the best way to get to know people is to chat. While some children in speech therapy may be shy when talking in a group, it is important to get comfortable with each other. Ice breaker activities are a fun way to get to know each other. The Teachers Pay Teachers website has a lot options that are available to use in your own sessions. If you are a member, some of the items are free to use in your own classrooms.
- Conversation Starters – 36 cards that may be used to get to know students or to practice speech and language skills.
- Open-Ended-Conversation-Starters – 16 cards to use when collecting speech samples or to work on speech goals.
- Get-To-Know-You Jenga – Use the 54 statement strips on a Jenga game for a fun twist in the opening days of school.
- Dr. Seuss Back to School Speech Therapy Game – Questions perfect for elementary age students focus on summer, school, and individuals.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books
Lucille Colandro’s Old Lady is ready to go back to school in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books. As in the other Old Lady books, we watch as she eats some rather strange items from around the school. This time, it includes some books, a pen, a pencil case, a ruler, a folder, some chalk, and a bag. Make some puppets to have kids act out the book as you do a read along. The laughter during this activity will help kids to get to know one another and enjoy time with a familiar book and story.
All About Me Bubble and Word Filler
Give everyone a piece of paper to make their name in the middle of a giant bubble. Now make up to eight lines coming out of the center bubble. Draw pictures that tell something about you. How many brothers/sisters do you have? What is your favorite sport? Kids can put anything around them and then they will share and explain what the items mean to them. These bubbles may then be used on a bulletin board for Open House or to remind everyone of the wonderful classroom community. Multilingual learners may want to write what their items are in both languages. This is a great way to take pride in their diverse backgrounds.