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Write All About It!

February 18th, 2009 by | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

So what does it really mean to put these “print skills” into action? (See HERE for an explanation of the print skills to which I am referring.)  Here is an activity I did with a five-year-old (hearing) child, Annabel.

Annabel and I decided to put on a puppet show. First, we made a sign to announce the time of our performance. The “sign” is a cheap, $1, princess whiteboard I purchased in the dollar section of Target. Again, the goal is to make writing FUN and engaging for children. And what little girl (or big girl, for that matter) doesn’t like a sparkly princess board? Also, a whiteboard is a quick, easy way to have repetitive writing practice that somehow seems much more fun than just boring old paper and pen. Here is our sign:

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We then decided that it should be a GIRLS ONLY performance — no stinky boys allowed. How could we communicate that message? Through writing, of course! (See — writing is an important skill, it can help you communicate your needs and wants.)

 

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So, what did we learn from all of this?  (Other than: puppet shows are fun, the Prince always gets the girl, and the evil wizard and his pet dragon will no doubt be defeated in the end, of course!)

  • We discussed “big” (capital) and “little” (lowercase) letters.
  • We pointed out letters that said certain sounds (ex: “B” says /b/ for BOY).
  • We pointed out letters we knew from our names.
  • This activity helped reinforce print awareness and emphasized writing as a critical part of participation in the world.  Writing is fun, useful, and helps you communicate.  

 

We were going to do a puppet show either way.  Why not throw in some writing and make the activity even more of an opportunity for learning?  Adding some “environmental print” to an everyday interaction is a great way to build in some “therapy” even when you’re just having fun.  And remember, if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right!

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

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