This week ends with Halloween so we will be doing all things trick-or-treat in my preschool speech therapy room. Don’t worry! If you have students who do not celebrate Halloween, I will have some options for you at the end of this post.
With trick-or-treat comes a TON of social rules to work on. If you have non-verbal or shy students that are insecure with speaking, I highly recommend these AAC Bracelets from AAC for All. I also shared the link to a video social story on how to trick or treat in my lesson plans this week.
Changing into a costume is a great way to work on following directions and body parts. Before this year, I have always used my costume box to let students dress up in speech. I’m really going to miss that this year (COVID). I buy costumes after Halloween when they are 75% off and have kept my kids’ costumes over the years. Any time I see anything dress up, I basically buy it (#slpHoarder).
This week’s lesson plans focus a lot on different characters/costumes for WH questions and vocabulary purposes, being polite and using language with trick-or-treating and articulation activities that have a Halloween theme. I love the two songs from Super Simple Songs that bring the kids up in the shadows because my kids get really excited predicting who each character is as they walk up to the door.
Here is your chance to download the Halloween themed lesson plans for preschool speech therapy and use them in your speech room. You will be prompted to make a copy for yourself so you can add/delete as you like. Keep them open on your desktop for easy click and play activities for in person or virtual speech therapy sessions. Just click on the image below to download:
We follow the same schedule every session in my speech room. We always start with a song. I am fortunate enough to have an interactive white board in one room and I use my iPad in the other. By starting with a song, the students have a chance to move around and shake out their sillies from wherever I picked them up (recess/PE/classroom, etc.). Sometimes it gives students who are having difficulty with transitions a chance to calm down and see that we are all about having fun in speech. We then transition to the table for a book or structured learning activity. This is where we will also do our worksheet activities but I always bring out a book of some type first to keep with the schedule. The next to the last transition is our “play”. Using objects that are related to our theme or story, I allow for a few minutes of directed play. I can see here how they will communicate in spontaneous situations. Our last transition is “clean up.” Because they know it is coming (from the visual schedule and the predictable nature of our routines), clean up is never an issue.
If you are not celebrating Halloween at your school, I have some options for you:
- Scarecrow Themed Lesson Plans
- Bats, Spiders and Skeleton Themed Lesson Plans
- Pumpkin Themed Lesson Plans
These lesson plans have saved my sanity during this crazy time in education and I hope they have helped you too!