Plant a Flower Word Garden
April Showers have now delivered beautiful May flowers all over the landscape. Take some time to add some May flowers into the speech and language sessions with your students. Almost any goal or skill that you are working on is flexible enough to sprinkle some flower power into the mix.
Flower Word Families
Younger children often work with word families within the classroom setting. The rhyming scheme can also be helpful when working on patterns for articulation. Before you begin, have construction paper flower parts cut out in different colors. Allow each child to select a center circle. If you want to work on the final |l| sound, you could write “-all” onto the circle. Next, write words on give or more petal shapes to connect to the center circle. For -all you would write call, fall, mall, ball, small, and so on. Your flower word families do not have to rhyme, and could have start sounds that are the same, or blends that need attention.
Paint Chip Word Gardens
Older kids may want multiple words on petals for their articulation or vocabulary gardens. Ask around at home improvement stores and get some of their older paint chip samples. Have the kids cut the paint chip cards into petal shapes. Then allow them to brain storm for target words that group together on each petal. Perhaps one flower would have all adjectives with antonyms across from that petal on the flower. It may be all words starting with |fl| or ending in |ch|. Anything goes and they could make multiple flowers for practice. Allow time to decorate a center circle of the flower to connect all of the petals.
Some Grammar Flower Power
Children who speak English as a second language may still struggle with grammar and parts of speech. An easy way to work on this and make something pretty for spring is to use a flower and the different sections for multiple parts of speech. Have paper cut outs for the center of a flower, petals, and some leaves. Also make some green stems to put the entire flower together. Begin by selecting a noun that represents vocabulary you are working on, or random spring words. That word goes into the center of the flower. Around the center the petals will incorporate verbs. What does a bird do? The leaves on the stems will be adjectives describing the noun. Any of these could be switched around based on the individual need or could involve other parts of speech.
These flowers could be put onto a large bulletin board in your classroom to make a colorful word garden for everyone to enjoy. Once they are done, send them home for additional practice. Be sure to flip the flowers over and put the translations on the other side to assist multilingual families.