This activity develops language skills
around the concepts "shorter / longer" and the "same". Using a real pumpkin,
have the children estimate how long their string should be to fit exactly
around the middle. Have each child come up and measure their estimated
string length around the pumpkin. Children should state whether their string
is too short, too long, or the same size as the class pumpkin. Make a chart
for the children to tape their strings.
This idea can be found in the Oct. / Nov. 1997 Mailbox Magazine (see Fine Motor / Art page for subscription information.) This activity helps children identify their classmates and use their reasoning skills to detect "whooo" is hiding under the sheet. Use a parent communication to request the donation of a large white sheet for this activity.
Numerous language and emotional growth activities can be found on pages 38 & 39 of the October / November 1997 Mailbox Preschool edition. Our favorite activity is called "No Monsters at my House." Our little monster is attached with velcro and can be removed for a color matching activity. You'll have to purchase the magazine to find out what the words are to the cute poem that helps associate a color to a feeling. (See Fine Motor / Art page to purchase these exciting activities.)
Everyday Language Activities
Some of our children with no understandable language are excited to use assistive communication devices. We start our training using a simple two choice device with photos to which the children can easily relate. Once the children understand the cause and effect relationship, we graduate to more choices to communicate basic needs and desires.
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