Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Activities

I’ve attached a link for some great activities for your little ones. You don’t have to print it. You can just show them the computer screen and have them answer the questions. I’m sure you can think of lots of things to ask them about the pictures. Have fun.


Working on /r/ words

This post is for those students that are need help pronouncing the /r/ sound. Roll a dice and say one of the words in that column. Try to make a sentence using the word too. Have fun

Practicing /s/ words

Attached is a list of words with the /s/ sound in the beginning, middle, and end of the words to practice at home. Go through the list one time each day. Remember to keep your teeth together for the /s/ sound.












COVID-19 Speech and Language Activities

Speech and Language Home Suggestions

Dear Parents,

Here is a list of ideas to help your children develop their speech and language skills while we are off:

Speech and Language Home Suggestions for Emergencies Handout

  • Play a game where you hide something and give your child specific directions on how to find it (i.e. Go up the stairs.  Turn right and walk to 10 steps. Look behind the pillow.) Then have your child take a turn hiding something and giving you specific directions.
  • Play a game where you describe an item and have your child guess what you are talking about.  Then have your child take a turn describing an item for you to guess.
  • Write a sentence, cut the words apart, mix up the words, and have your child put the words in order.
  • Have your child name all the items they can think of that fit in a category (i.e. fruits, vegetables, etc)
  • Ask your child imagination questions (i.e. if you were a bird, what would you see when you are flying)
  • Have your child make up a story.
  • Have your child tell you how two things are alike and how two things are different (i.e. an apple & a banana; a fork & spoon; a car and a motorcycle)
  • Simon Says
  • Headbandz game (use it for describing items together, turn-taking, predictions – you can write down what the other person says to help you find out what item you have on your head)
  • Make a treasure hunt for the kids to find fun toys or snacks
  • Name a shape and have your child go around the house and find things that are that shape
  • Place objects from around the house (i.e.: spoon, crayon)  in a pillow case or bag and have your child describe to you what each object is using specific characteristics (i.e. size, shape, color, parts, location, group it belongs to)
  • Have your child follow directions to work on prepositions (i.e.: in, on, over, under) with your child’s favorite toy.  Tell your child to place the toy “under” the chair or “in” the box. After, have them work on their expressive language by having them create the direction using a preposition.  
  • Wall Bop – Put each alphabet letter on a sticky note and put them on a wall or door.  Have the kids throw a beanbag at them. Whatever letter they get, they have to name the letter and something that starts with that letter.
  • HearBuilder Online Free Trial   Hear Builder is a great way for your child to work on following directions, phonological awareness, auditory memory, and sequencing.

Here are some handouts for parents that SuperDuper and various other websites offer that describe different activities:

LANGUAGE – Listening, Reading and Speaking Skills


Dialogic Reading – quick video on how to read with your child and prompt them while reading

Sight Words

Reading is What? FUNDAMENTAL!   

Scholastic Reading Materials

Phonics… for auditory rhyming activity (Phonics-Clifford)


Practicing Language Skills in the Car 

Sentence Building Activities 

Ways to Teach Opposites

Fun ways to practice the main idea at home  

Spatial Concepts and Relationships – Early Skills with Preschoolers 

Promoting Oral Language Development in Young Children  

How to help your child answer wh- questions (who, what, when, where, why, etc)  

Crafting Beautiful Speech and Language   

Do You See What I Hear?   

Benefits of Coloring  

Naming Attributes 

Beating the Winter Blahs: Ten Boredom Busting Family Activities 

Speech and Language Activities Calendar – January to December 2020 

Basic Concepts  has 11 FREEBIES!!  has many suggestions too

Vooks is an online animated stories site with lesson plans available to read books and answer questions: Vooks is a great resource to use in the home with your children.  Vooks is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks, trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world every week.  It is an entire library of storybooks, brought to life, to help encourage the love of reading.  You can sign up for Vooks and use the take-home resources to help keep your children reading 20 minutes a day during these extraordinary times.

Sign Up Link:

(educators gets Vooks free for one year when you put in your school email address)

Take-Home Lesson Plans

Week 1

Week 2

Vocabulary Pinball –

Infercabulary; – Special offer of 2 free months – 

Vocabulary- elementary to high school common core vocabulary word practice

Science Vocab and other subjects w/worksheets

Tracy Boyd’s online language games – Class Page – havefun

Free parent Handouts for vocabulary, book/app suggestions and language strategies:

Vocabulary resource:  Special offer of 2 free months

Cloze Technique activities, incorporating music; SLP in the Middle: – great for following directions and sequencing

Tracy Boyd’s online language games –   

Highlights for Kids –

Basic Concepts Scavenger Hunt: … For actors and actresses reading books aloud.  Good visuals of story pages.  


Fun Ways to Practice Articulation Skills in the Car   

Speech Practice at Home  

Encourage Speech Sounds Through Reading  

Creative Articulation Practice at Home: Fun for the Whole Family!  

Articulation pictures for practice by every sound

Beginning Sounds Song

Home-Speech-Home – specific sounds in words, sentences, and paragraphs-

Tracy Boyd’s online articulation games (matching, concentration)-

Minimal pairs by Caroline Bowen-JV

Speech Teammate – Free Articulation Worksheets

Speech and Language Home Practice (Free TpT download)

Scroll down Carl’s Corner- reading specialist/teacher created free resources- scroll down to Website Directory (Blends Bonanza has word lists/activities for many blends)

Speech artic calendar//distance learning resource FREE on TPT

trying: Download/Print Free Speech Articulation Materials

Breanna’s Speech Shop Articulation Freebie:

  PragmaticsTeaching Ideas for Conversation Skills

Simon Cat Videos-pragmatics/perspective

 Books with Activities – sign up for a free trial. Also free if your SLP has access. – free right now only

Model Me Going Places 2- free social stories app –  free social stories 

Ms. Lane’s SLP materials

Short wordless videos

Free use of Social Express Interactive Software through April 15th

Rhyming, blending

Tons of resources and visual supports:


The Stuttering Foundation –

Teachers Pay Teachers, Free Handout –

Various Learning Resources – all areas of speech therapy – all areas of speech therapy

Cloze Technique activities, incorporating music; SLP in the Middle:

Or therapy ideas for older students on her FB page: SLP in the Middle Diary of the Speech Lady – all areas of speech therapy – search “free speech therapy” – 

Speech & Language Kids –

Mmmm Starfall –

Games for speech and language development:

Jill Kuzma

Modelmekids app  –  community based social stories

Free reading sources

PBS Learning Media

§  What It Is: This site uses curated PBS videos along with lesson plans, interactive materials, and more to cover lots of subjects in an engaging fashion.

§  What They’re Offering: PBS Learning Media is always free for teachers. Sign up here.


What It Is: Missing storytime already? Vooks is a kid-safe online streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks.

What They’re Offering: Vooks is offering a free one-year membership to all teachers. Find out more here.


§  What It Is: Scholastic created the Scholastic Learn at Home website to provide students with approximately 20 days worth of learning journeys that span various content areas. Students get approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects based on articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more.

§  What They’re Offering: This service is free and limits printing materials for those who don’t have adequate access. Learn more here.


§  What It Is: ReadingIQ is a comprehensive digital library offering books, magazines, comics, and more for kids from ages 2-12. It’s a smart replacement for library time right now and makes it possible for teachers to monitor what and how much their students are reading.

§  What They’re Offering: Age of Learning is offering ReadingIQ free to schools closed due to the outbreak. Contact them here for more information.


§  What It Is: These online learning resources for younger students are easily differentiated for students of different ability levels. 

§  What They’re Offering: Adaptive math and ELA courses are always available for free for teachers and students. Sign up here.


§  What It Is: BrainPop offers in-depth learning on topics across the curriculum for upper elementary and middle school students. Each topic includes videos, quizzes, related reading, and even coding activities. Teachers have access to planning and tracking resources too. They also offer BrainPop Jr., specially designed for younger kids.

§  What They’re Offering: All schools get free access to their COVID-19/coronavirus online learning resources for talking to students about the topic. Any school closed due to the outbreak can receive free unlimited use of BrainPOP during their closure. Contact them here.

ABCmouse Early Learning Academy

§  What It Is: This comprehensive program covers a wide variety of subjects for students aged 2-8 (Pre-K through second grade). It offers more than 850 self-guided lessons across 10 levels. A companion program focuses on teaching English as a second language for this age group.

§  What They’re Offering: ABCmouse for Teachers and ABCmouse for Schools are always free for all schools and teachers in the U.S. In another country? Contact them here to see what they offer if you’re closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus.

123 Homeschool 4 Me

Over 200,000+ free homeschool printables on all school subjects for FREE

30 Great Educational Netflix Shows for K-5

Happy streaming!

 Hannah Hudson on March 13, 2020

What are the best educational Netflix shows? We’ve gathered the top 30! Whether you’re showcasing these to students or using them as part of a distance learning curriculum, these are the best options currently streaming.

Note to teachers: Some schools block Netflix, which requires you to use Netflix’s offline feature to download preferred shows and use them during class. When it comes to the legality of streaming Netflix in the classroom, the company notes which media are available for educational screenings

Best educational Netflix shows for elementary school

The Magic School Bus

When a science concept just isn’t clicking for your students … Ms. Frizzle to the rescue! Stream episodes on the human body, gardening, weather, and more.


If you teach about the ocean, chances are there’s an Octonauts episode related to your unit.


This science-based show answers all sorts of questions kids tend to ask.

Ask the Storybots

The only thing more curious than the bots are kids. Celebrity appearances and a music video at the end of each episode only add to the fun.

The Who Was? Show

Based on the popular book series, this live-action sketch-comedy show brings important historical figures, like King Tut, Marie Antoinette, and Pablo Picasso, to life in an entertaining and hilarious way. 

Dino Hunt

Top scientists examine fossils found in Canada while looking for an elusive, new species!

If I Were an Animal

Observe different animals as they age from babies to adults.

Disney Nature: Oceans

This documentary explores the ocean depths and the creatures who live within.

White Fang

Have students compare the film version to the classic novel of the same name.

Growing Up Wild

Five baby animals in different parts of the world grow up learning to survive the wild.

Dream Big

This compelling documentary showcases some of the world’s biggest engineering achievements.

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal


School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal


School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

Notice for AOL Email Accounts

Dear Parents,

If you are an AOL email user, please be aware that you may not receive email notifications due to AOL policies. We are working to resolve this issue with AOL.

Thank you for your patience while we work with AOL to make sure you get classroom notifications from your teacher.


Technology Department

Talk Like Peers

Are you concerned that your child’s speech is not as clear as some of his peers?  Or maybe he or she doesn’t talk as much as their peers.  Click on the link Talk Like Peers . The article describes when it is normal and when it may be a problem that should be addressed by a Speech Pathologist.  As always, if you ever have any questions about your child’s speech and language, you can call me at    827-6216.





Is it Really Stuttering?

Normal Disfluency

Children with normal disfluencies between 18 months and 3 years will exhibit repetitions of sounds, syllables, and words, especially at the beginning of sentences. These occur usually about once in every ten sentences.

After 3 years of age, children with normal disfluencies are less likely to repeat sounds or syllables but will instead repeat whole words (I-I-I can’t) and phrases (I want…I want…I want to go). They will also commonly use fillers such as “uh” or “um” and sometimes switch topics in the middle of a sentence, revising and leaving sentences unfinished.

Children may be disfluent at any time but are likely to increase their disfluencies when they are tired, excited, upset, or being rushed to speak. They also may be more disfluent when they ask questions or when someone asks them questions.

Their disfluencies may increase in frequency for several days or weeks and then be hardly noticeable for weeks or months, only to return again.

Mild Stuttering

Mild stuttering may begin at any time between the ages of 18 months and 7 years, but most frequently begins between 3 and 5 years, when language development is particularly rapid. Some children’s stuttering first appears under conditions of normal stress, such as when a new sibling is born or when the family moves to a new home.

Children who stutter mildly may show the same sound, syllable, and word repetitions as children with normal disfluencies but may have a higher frequency of repetitions overall as well as more repetitions each time. For example, instead of one or two repetitions of a syllable, they may repeat it four or five times, as in “Ca-ca-ca-ca-can I have that?”

They may also occasionally prolong sounds, as in “MMMMMMMommy, it’s mmmmmy ball.” In addition to these speech behaviors, children with mild stuttering may show signs of reacting to their disfluency. For example, they may blink or close their eyes, look to the side, or tense their mouths when they stutter.

Another sign of mild stuttering is the increasing persistence of disfluencies. As suggested earlier, normal disfluencies will appear for a few days and then disappear. Mild stuttering, on the other hand, tends to appear more regularly. It may occur only in specific situations, but it is more likely to occur in these situations, day after day. A third sign associated with mild stuttering is that the child may not be deeply concerned about the problem, but may be temporarily embarrassed or frustrated by it. Children at this stage of the disorder may even ask their parents why they have trouble talking.

Severe Stuttering

Children with severe stuttering usually show signs of physical struggle, increased physical tension, and attempts to hide their stuttering and avoid speaking. Although severe stuttering is more common in older children, it can begin anytime between ages 5 and 7 years. In some cases, it appears after children have been stuttering mildly for months or years. In other cases, severe stuttering may appear suddenly, without a period of mild stuttering preceding it.

Severe stuttering is characterized by speech disfluencies in practically every phrase or sentence; often moments of stuttering are one second or longer in duration. Prolongations of sounds and silent blockages of speech are common.

The severely stuttering child may, like the milder stutterer, have behaviors associated with stuttering: eye blinks, eye closing, looking away, or physical tension around the mouth and other parts of the face. Moreover, some of the struggle and tension may be heard in a rising pitch of the voice during repetitions and prolongations. The child with severe stuttering may also use extra sounds like “um,” “uh,” or “well” to begin a word on which he expects to stutter.

Severe stuttering is more likely to persist, especially in children who have been stuttering for 18 months or longer, although even some of these children will recover spontaneously. The frustration and embarrassment associated with real difficulty in talking may create a fear of speaking. Children with severe stuttering often appear anxious or guarded in situations in which they expect to be asked to talk. While the child’s stuttering will probably occur every day, it will probably be more apparent on some days than others.

Parents of children who stutter severely inevitably have some degree of concern about whether their child will always stutter and about how they can best help. Many parents also believe, mistakenly, that they have done something to cause the stuttering. In almost all cases, parents have not done anything to cause the stuttering. They have treated the child who stutters just like they treat their other children, yet they may still feel responsible for the problem.

They will benefit from reassurance that their child’s stuttering is a result of many causes and not simply the effect of something they did or didn’t do.

Tips for Speaking with Someone who Stutters

  • 1. Don’t make remarks like: “Slow down,” “Take a breath,” or “Relax.” Such simplistic advice can be felt as demeaning and is not helpful.
  • 2. Let the person know by your manner that you are listening to what he or she says — not how they say it.
  • 3. Maintain natural eye contact and wait patiently and naturally until the person is finished.
  • 4. You may be tempted to finish sentences or fill in words. Try not to do so.
  • 5. Be aware that those who stutter usually have more trouble controlling their speech on the telephone. Please be patient in this situation. If you pick up the phone and hear nothing, be sure it is not a person who stutters trying to start the conversation before you hang up.
  • 6. Speak in an unhurried way — but not so slowly as to sound unnatural. This promotes good communication with everyone.

Tips for Talking with Your Child

  • Reduce the pace. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes before you begin to speak. Your own easy relaxed speech will be far more effective than any advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.” For some children, it is also helpful to introduce a more relaxed pace of life for awhile.
  • Full listening. Try to increase those times that you give your child your undivided attention and are really listening. This does not mean dropping everything every time she speaks.
  • Asking questions. Asking questions is a normal part of life – but try to resist asking one after the other. Sometimes it is more helpful to comment on what your child has said and wait.
  • Turn taking. Help all members of the family take turns talking and listening. Children find it much easier to talk when there are fewer interruptions.
  • Building confidence. Use descriptive praise to build confidence. An example would be “I like the way you picked up your toys. You’re so helpful,” instead of “That’s great.” Praise strengths unrelated to talking as well, such as athletic skills, being organized, independent, or careful.
  • Special times. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet, calm time — no TV, iPad or phones — can be a confidence builder for young child