Do you know an SLP who doesn’t want quick and easy tips to save time for years to come? Of course not! So be sure to save this post to your tips board!
Remember that the holiday vocabulary is not the focus of the session.
While it isn’t worth our precious time to teach holiday words that only get used yearly, nothing says that we can’t incorporate holiday themes into our therapy sessions in a fun way! This lets students continue to make progress on their specific IEP goals in a festive way.
Cut out basic holiday shapes and laminate.
All you need is some holiday-themed construction paper to cut into basic shapes. If you know someone with a die-cut machine, it is even easier!
Individualize the shapes.
In the picture above, you can see the colorful pilgrim shapes that I used for years. They are individualized with the addition of pictures for the students’ goals added on with double-sided sticky tape. If you don’t have double-sided, a rolled-up piece of sticky tape will do!
You can also use a dry erase marker to quickly write on the words your students need to practice, or let them say the words 5 times correctly and then write it for you!
Quick changes are fast and easy!
If you don’t feel like making enough shapes for all of your groups, just keep a full-page laminated sheet nearby. It is fast and easy to swap out a set of articulation pictures for a set of actionpictures, for example!
There are so many ways to use these!
Make mixed groups easy by turning the picture side down and giving each student a set. Combine varied sets of holiday theme shapes to elicit descriptive words:
- the color item
- small or large
- old versus new, clean versus dirty
- the functions of the various shapes
Place the shapes or colored items in a square array to have students request using positional words on the:
- above/below the color item
Write question words on one side and a picture on the other. Students are only allowed to keep the card if they correctly ask and answer a question using both words.
Add in picture cards from any sets you own to target specific goals before choosing a card. These Thanksgiving photo cards
allow for a variety of goals to be addressed.
Then you can add little surprises like these to the backs of the cards that older students appreciate, like:
- No homework today!
- You earned an extra point!
- Bonus minute for free time!
The sky is the limit with how these can be used! Just remember to erase or take off the tape before storing them for next year!