Presidents Day & Community Helpers

This week in Talking Time, our Shasta class learned about presidents.  We had candidates run for class president, made campaign posters that described what we would do as president, and voted in an election.  We also read fun facts about past presidents in the book What Presidents are Made of.  What and made were our core words of the week.  You can see our theme vocabulary video and watch some inspiring Kid President videos at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipOMcbZYOh4&list=PLROC0x_vQTINRmH4gJr62lqHRwwrGsC6Q

Our elementary classes studied community helpers while reading the book When I Grow Up.  Most of the students decided they’d like to drive the school bus someday.  Our core words of the week were who and want.  You can model these words by asking and answering who questions:

Who is at the table?  You and sister are at the table!  Who is on tv?  Sponge Bob is on tv.  You can model using want by referring to things your child wants in the moment:  For example, if you see your child reaching for a toy, you can model with a sentence like “Oh, I see you WANT Legos.”

Theme vocabulary and some Storybots songs about community helpers is available at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BoQuy88X0c&list=PLROC0x_vQTIN3qwHAEXFOUfr8-GR5OGPV

what and made

 

who and want The Picture Communication Symbols ©1981-2018 by Tobii Dynavox LLC. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Used with permission.

The Picture Communication Symbols ©1981-2018 by Tobii Dynavox LLC. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Used with permission.

All You Need is Love

This week we talked a lot about love! We read the new book “All you need is Love,” which is a lovely visual representation of the Beatles song.

We talked about different things we all love including what foods we love to eat. Many students chose ice cream or donuts!

We talked about different ways we can show love to our friends, including fist bumps, high fives and smiles.

We ended the week by talking about ways we love ourselves. Students completed the sentence – I can ________. It was wonderful to hear the different things students love about themselves. They said things like, “I can be kind,” “I can help,” and “I can dance.”

We hope you all have a good long weekend, filled with love!

love and core vocab

Follow the link below to see the videos we watched this week. The students very much enjoyed dancing along to the songs!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcDRe7PzwAI&list=PLoNabi7nxu2mJjBFRJUyLHK0YyVHxEHi4

Brrrrrrr???

When you plan your weekly theme for January, you certainly hope for more cooperation from the weather.  Our theme was SNOWMAN and our story of the week was There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.  Our core words of the week were WHO and SOME.  We asked lots of WHO questions this week, like “Who do you love?”  You can ask your child WHO questions, too!  SOME is easy to work into daily routines when you ask your child if  they want some ….help, cookies, movie time….the possibilities are endless!  Here’s the link for this week’s playlist, full of new words, the read aloud version of our story, snow sculpting contests, a snowman song and even a snowman Wallace and Grommet Cartoon.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMhFZVqQRCI&list=PLROC0x_vQTIN5vgXwzYxQhwkj6b8LOs7P  Will we see snow this winter?

Who and Some vocabulary
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Hibernation…ZZZZZZZZZZZ

This week, we talked about hibernation and all of the animals that rest during the winter months.  Our book of the week was Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson.  We used individual speech buttons, so everyone could read along with the story.  Our two universal core words were IN and ON.  These are really easy words to use with your child every day!  “Put socks ON”  “Milk is IN the fridge”  You can find our weekly vocabulary video, read aloud version of the story, hibernation songs and a video about real animals that hibernate at this YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXp4g2Rnghg&list=PLROC0x_vQTIOgf315tNeG5sb3K-vZKlPy

In On
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Happy 2019!

We hope that your new year is off to a great start!  Talking Time began the year with Polar Bears.  (Still hoping for some winter in Eugene)  We read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.  Our words of the week were What do you…which make a great start to lots of questions.  You can use the picture below to make up your own “what do you…?” questions with your child.  Here is the link to our vocabulary words, songs of the week, a read-aloud version of the book and some polar bear trivia.  Please bear with (no pun intended) my gruff voice on the vocabulary video.  It was from last year’s bout of pneumonia.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENJoyXBaPsw&list=PLROC0x

What Do You
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Waiting Is Not Easy!

Our theme this week was waiting.  We read the book Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems.  In this story, a Piggie has a surprise for his friend Elephant,  but he has to wait.  And wait.  And he waits very dramatically.  The surprise is a nighttime sky full of stars.  We looked at stars in the dark with our light box.  Our core words of the week were I, you and not.  We worked on the sentences “I am________.” and “You are_________.” using talking brix. (You can learn more about these mini-talkers here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jt8frWIgJw  You can find our vocabulary words, a song about waiting, a song about stars, plus the read-aloud version of our story in English and Spanish by following this link:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTIOlJYx09RNQXl0B-b7Ve7zp

I, you, not
Waiting is not easy universal core vocabulary: I, you, not

Thanksgiving

We are back to school on the Monday after the long Thanksgiving holiday and I definitely have the post-holiday grumpies.  The printer is broken and the computer program that lets me share visuals in the classroom and with you is not working either. Grrrrr!  Last week, we talked about being thankful and read the book, Bear Says Thanks.  If you follow this YouTube link, you can see the vocabulary words, see the read-aloud version of the story, sweat off some turkey calories with a few motion songs and see what some of our students are thankful for.  I know we are so thankful for all of them!  Keep your fingers crossed that technology will be back online for next week’s post!  P.S.  I’m sorry in advance for the song, Turkey Time.  It will get stuck in your head!https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTINKGTKhL4aU0E-oXOBzk0UU

Like a Windy Day

This week, we talked about the wind.  Our book of the book was Like a Windy Day , by Frank Asch & Devin Asch.  We tried a couple of fun wind-based activities, including pinwheels and using squeeze bottles to blow cotton ball “clouds” across the blue sky.  (This is an easy activity to try at home!)   Vocabulary words, a read-aloud version of the book and some songs about wind (plus some Bill Nye, the Science Guy) are available of this playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTINSXLFtOFdzMFtMlL6OqenR

Like Windy Day Core Words: I, want, like
Like a Windy Day Core Words: I, Want, Like

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

To celebrate all things slightly creepy, we read Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance.   We “helped” Frank dance with our All-Turn-It spinner game.

Frank Dancing Game
Frank Dancing Game

You can find our vocabulary video and two motion songs on this YouTube playlist:  https://youtu.be/-MB7IcSnJqs

Our core vocabulary words this week were I and He.  We worked on LOTS of introductions.  You can help at home by pointing to yourself and modeling “I am”  sentences.  “I am eating breakfast.”  “I am sleepy.”  The possibilities are endless.  Shasta had Spirit Week and our middle school class wrote a great story about it.  Brenda’s class has a LOT of school spirit!  You can read their story here:  spirit week 2018

Frank Was a Monster Core Words: I, He
Frank Was a Monster Core Words: I, He

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything

This week, we read The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.  It’s a fun, repeating story with lots of fun sounds to make.  On Thursday, we put on scarecrow clothes to play each part of the story.  Our vocabulary words this week were:

  • shoes
  • pants
  • shirt
  • gloves
  • hat
  • pumpkin head

Our Univseral Core Vocabulary words of the week were:  she, not, and go.

She Not Go
Core Words: She, Not, Go

All three classes decided they are most afraid of SPIDERS!!!!  If you go to you will find our vocabulary words, a read-aloud version of the story, and a song version of the story.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTIPbZYbs318_khJaZk7cN4wn