Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Week! If You Take A Mouse to School

It’s that time of year again.. Back to School! Last week was the first full week with kids, so I began seeing my caseload & working out all the kinks in the scheduling (you know, a school-based therapist’s favorite thing to do!!)

For the first week, I used the book, “If You Take A Mouse To School” by Laura Numeroff to base my therapy sessions around.

I had a big book, too, which made it even more fun!

Building A Mouse House:
At one point in the story, the mouse builds a “Mouse House” out of building blocks.  I adapted this, and used my Jenga blocks as the building blocks.  

My artic kids got to roll a die and the number they landed on was the number of productions they had to give me and the number of Jenga pieces they could pick out to build their Mouse House. You could also work on following directions by giving them instructions on how to build their mouse house!

Roll & Cover/Stamp:

I also made these diy cover-all/stamper pages to go along with the book.  Easy as a general reinforcer activity for a variety of goals! See below for the link to download for free!

Lunch Box Craftivity:

You can use whatever arts/crafts supplies you have on hand.  I happened to have dino stickers I picked up on clearance at Michaels a while back, so it kind of matched the lunch box in the book.  

You can download the lunchbox page along with the roll & cover pages for FREE right HERE

Cariboo for vocabulary:

I am L-O-V-I-N-G that I took the time this summer to make Cariboo card sets for all of my themes throughout the year.  It's making life easier already! My school supply cards were perfect to incorporate with this book.  I can adapt Cariboo for a lot of different things, but I use it mostly for vocabulary and answering questions.  

You can find the Cariboo cards HERE & read about how I use the game HERE. Jenna at Speech Room News also has a post with a great idea on how she organized these cards-- you can read that HERE

Mouse Speak: Articulation

Last Spring, I made a universal articulation companion pack to go along with all the "If You Give A Mouse/If You Take A Mouse" books. It features all of the earlier-developing sounds in all positions of words & can be used with any of the Laura Numeroff "Mouse" books (or any other cute Mouse book, such as "Mouse Paint"). Sounds /p, b, m, n, w, h, t, d, y, k, g, f/ are included.
We had run out of lamination at school, so I didn't get a chance to prep them in the Spring, and forgot they never got prepped until I went to look for them on that Monday morning-- whoops! But I definitely plan to have them ready before I use "If You Take A Mouse to the Movies" this winter! If you want to check them out, you can do so HERE.

What do you do for the first week of school?

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