A summer blog series about thematic language learning with six preschool-aged children with varying communication needs.
It’s gardening week! …and they [dug] it ;]
We chose gardening as our week 2 theme so that they could plant some flowers/grass and be able to watch it grow from week to week and have a beautiful plant to take home at the end of the summer! How fun!
Here is what our week looked like:
Guilty: I have no picture. We are just too darn busy and having too much fun for this SLP to remember… however, it is still a big hit and really gives the kids a visual to attend to and learn from. I use both a real picture and a clip art picture depicting each vocabulary word (picture hierarchy anyone? So so important. I just might have to write a blog post about that one day!). On our wall we had the following: pot, dirt, seeds, sun, watering can, hose, shovel, rake, gardening hoe, gloves, wheelbarrow, grass, parts of a flower, and parts of a tree. On day one we talked about the main items needed to plant a flower, day two we talked about gardening tools and day three we reviewed. Not only were we learning about the vocabulary but I phrased it in such a way that we were sequencing and using prepositions.
Ex. First, we need a pot. Then, we put dirt IN the pot. Next, seeds go IN the dirt. Then, we water ON TOP of the dirt. You get the picture. By the end of the week when it was time for our sequencing activity of planting a flower, they were already able to verbalize it to me because of our vocabulary wall discussions.
Quick mention about circle time. Last week we used dots for them to sit on in which we then needed to add squares around the dots. Well, we still needed a little bit more so we added tires for them to sit in and this seemed to be the answer to our struggles. It contained them (for the most part… :)), and they were able to push against them/bounce on them as they needed for sensory input.
Three books I recommend for this theme include:
- Planting a Rainbow by: Lois Ehlert
- Flower Garden by: Eve Bunting
- Frog and Toad Together: The Garden by: Arnold Lobel
This week I broke off into stations because I really wanted to work on individualized goals. My kiddos working on speech sounds completed a flower dot paint activity (see below). We also had a station working on spatial concepts (see below), size concepts (not pictured) same/different (not pictured), first/middle/last (not pictured), and then everyone completed the sequencing activity together at the end of the week (see below). Stations worked REALLY well with this group!
***If interested in the activities I used this week (and additional activities/HW sheets), check out my 46 page Preschool Thematic Language Unit: Gardening here.