What little girl doesn’t want to be a princess?
I was really excited about these silver star (/s,r/ articulation anyone?) wands.
Today I have a Pre-K student who has difficulties with both initial and final consonant deletion and I knew that the silver wands would be right up her alley.
It also so happened that my intern was using the books below in her sessions. So, we have had a lot of discussions about princes and princesses in our speech room this week.
My Pre-K student has 12 words that the teacher works on with her everyday. The teacher is wonderful and has every student in her classroom practice their words as a morning station. At the beginning of each month, or if the child has mastered the words before then, the teacher and I pick words that are curriculum based as well as words that she is exposed to often in her environment. We decided that every week we are going to focus on one word and try to give the student as many opportunities to say that word as she can. This week the word was “bus.” The stickers on the picture are for the student to point to as she is saying the sound to make sure that she includes a beginning and ending sound (IEP goal). I met with the teacher to review this strategy so she is able to use it in class when she is practicing her words as well.
In this picture the student is pointing, with her sparkling silver wand, at the last sound. The great news is she was able to say the /s/ sound on bus with 100% accuracy when using the wand. Last week she was 40% accuracy!
I found these at Target in the $1 bin section and originally they were for my prize box. However, when my student decided half way through our session that she wanted to just hold the wand in her hand and use her fingers I thought these were perfect.
We also used the Echo Microphone which she found hilarious! Now instead of just a mirror, pictures and the use of her fingers, I have three fun items to add to the table to help my student be more engaged with her productions of final consonant sounds.
Total spent for this activity: $1.40
Wand (package of 5 for $1) $0.20
Echo Microphone $1.00
Princess Finger Puppets (package of 5-if not more $1) $0.20
Pictures – free
Having my student laugh when using the Echo Microphone and having her light up when she produced “bus” accurately – well you know how the saying goes.