This Week’s Theme: Fireflies!
I grew up in Southeast Arkansas. We called them “lightning bugs”, but apparently most of the country (deep south excluded) calls them fireflies. Whatever you call them, kids (and kids at heart) love them. This week, we’re talking about fireflies in therapy!
For the first session, we’re going to read the book, Fireflies! It’s a great book and the kids will have the chance to learn some new vocabulary. After we read the book, we’re going to work on some following directions and positional concepts. I made an outdoor scene by copying and pasting some Google images. I copied the scene onto blue paper so that it looks like night. The kids will follow concept-embedded directions by putting thumbprints above the house, between the moon and the tree, besidethe doghouse, etc. After the thumbprints are made, we’ll use q-tips dipped in glow in the dark paint to add a tail and a silver sharpie to add wings and antennae. I love it when learning is fun and creative!!! Download the firefly scene here.
For the second session, we’re going to read Fireflies in the Night. Much of the vocabulary is the same, so we’ll be able to review and reuse what was learned in the first session. After reading, we’re making these super-fun fireflies out of clothespins, sequins, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. We’re also painting the end with the glow in the dark paint. I’m thinking we may put a notecard in them that says, “You light up my life” so that the kids can give them to their teachers or parents.
I also found this video on YouTube. The video is 7 minutes, so we won’t watch all of it – maybe just the first minute so they can get the idea to access their prior knowledge.
I’m also planning to use some information from firefly.org to teach some facts and help the kids work on asking and answering questions.
There is a lot of fun to be had in the speech room this week as we continue on toward the end of the school year. It’s hard to believe there are only 19 days to go!