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Tropical Pineapple-Cilantro Salsa {with SpeechSnacks for vocabulary building and sequencing skills}

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If the summer’s heat has you feeling as wilted as your flower beds, then you are surely in no mood to cook!  This week’s recipe is quick, light and refreshing.  It requires no oven, yet you can add a little “heat”  (jalepenos) if you wish.    Get your kiddos involved as you use this opportunity to help them build language and sequencing skills.  Check out this week’s video and get inspired!!  Take them on a journey around the world as you talk about tropical fruits and islands.  Explore your backyard herb garden together as another means of building their vocabulary knowledge.  I’ve also included a sorting task from my TpT store (download and print) for tropical vs. not-tropical items.  Help your kids identify which category the objects belong in.   Wow—all of this is possible simply by creating a recipe together!!  And hang on ‘til the end of the video segment and watch how we make a pineapple-coconut drink that the whole family can enjoy.   Your taste of the islands awaits.   Continue reading “Tropical Pineapple-Cilantro Salsa {with SpeechSnacks for vocabulary building and sequencing skills}” »

Whipped Banana “Ice Cream” {with speechsnacks for a language sundae}

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July is here and that means it’s National Ice Cream Month!!  Did you know that Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984???  (the Gipper sure loved his sweets….he was also a big fan of jelly beans!!)    To kick off this hot month with something cool and delicious, SpeechSnacks has a video you and your kiddos are going to love.  Check out how we took ice cream sundaes and turned them into language lessons!  It’s a win/win for everyone….the kids get an ice cream party and the parents get to spend a “teachable moment” addressing important language concepts— without the kids even realizing that they are learning while having a yummy treat!    And watch closely for the healthy alternative I share—it’s not ice cream, but it sure looks and tastes like the real deal!!   Enjoy this fun lesson and recipe all rolled (or scooped) up into one!!!  Continue reading “Whipped Banana “Ice Cream” {with speechsnacks for a language sundae}” »

Strawberries and Cream Tortilla Pizza {with “SpeechSnacks” for spatial concepts}

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Many of the recipes that I post are based on the wholesome, nutritious foods that I make for my family on a regular basis.   Other recipe posts are inspired by a speech or language concept I am working on with my students.  Still others are inspired by something delicious I tasted in a restaurant.  And many are based on an experience I may have had while visiting a particular destination.  Throughout the summer months you will be getting a taste of my family’s weekly trips to our farm.  Well, it’s not exactly all ours (although I do love the sound of that), but it is partially ours.  We are shareholders at a local farm that is part of an organization called Community Supported Agriculture or CSA–find out more about it here.   Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public.  Interested consumers purchase a share (or “membership” )and in return receive seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.  Many of the vegetables are pre-picked for you, however our farm also includes u-pick fields which includes strawberries, peas, herbs and wild flowers.  What a great experience for your kids—-and a wonderful way to learn and build language concepts.  Take a look at the beautiful CSA farm we belong to here.

 

The past few weeks have been strawberry season at the farm, and boy were they sweet–and abundant.  We  had more than enough to enjoy in cereal, ice cream and  by the handful, and still more to freeze for later.   This week’s recipe was one more way to indulge in one of nature’s sweetest treats.   I have included ways to address language skills for vocabulary building, sequencing and spatial concepts in a fun video segment.  Check it out here!!  

I also created a little book called “Where’s the Strawberry?” that you can make with your preschoolers working on spatial concepts for ON, IN, BETWEEN, UNDER, ABOVE, IN FRONT, BEHIND.  Cut out the Strawberry Cards and have your kiddos glue them in the correct location on each page—grab it here!!

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Why Not Try Thai?! {with “SpeechSnacks” summer calendar activities!}

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The school year is finally coming to an end (and I mean we are literally counting the hours, minutes and seconds–you’d think it was New Year’s Eve and the ball was about to drop down the center of my family room) and the summer is approaching with great anticipation.   This level of excitement and enthusiasm is customary in my household which consists of a school age son, a speech therapist mom  and a school principal dad living under the same roof!   We are all so wrapped up in the land of academia all year long,  it’s no wonder we can’t wait for a brief respite for just a few glorious weeks!!  This summer we will be taking a well-deserved beach vacation and a few day trips, although after writing this post, I wanted to travel to a far away destination like Thailand.  I tried this incredible dish recently at a local Thai restaurant (my new favorite place to eat by the way), and was amazed by it’s simplicity.  It didn’t take long to figure out  how to recreate it in my own kitchen, although I did cross-reference a few recipe sites to see if I was on the right track.  Enjoy this  little taste of summer and the “speechsnacks” for this week— a summer calendar filled with many of the recipes and speech/language activities I have been posting all year.  I picked a few of the most popular ones and featured them on the calendar so you and your kiddos will have fun cooking together while practicing good speech and language all summer long!—Get your copy HERE!

 

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Buy (Make) Me Some Peanuts & Crackerjacks! {with SpeechSnacks for a baseball game!}

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With the baseball season in “full swing,” (sorry but the puns will be plentiful in this post!)  I was inspired to create a treat that was reminiscent of America’s  favorite past time. I researched several different versions of crackerjacks on recipe websites.  I thought some contained way too much sugar, others overdid it with butter.  After “striking out” with several versions, this recipe seemed “scored some points”  for having a conservative balance of sugar and butter without overdoing it.  I don’t think my family will ever go back to a box a cracker jacks at the ball park again….I may just try to sneak in this homemade concoction instead!  To go along with my baseball themed treat,  I created a baseball game that was versatile enough to use with both my language and speech kiddos.  And I found a baseball field/whiteboard app on my ipad to help us keep track of our game…the kids loved watching their game come to life with this simplistic visual. I used a tissue box to create a “batter’s box” which contained all our  playing cards…and it was an opportunity to explain another baseball term to the kids who didn’t know what a real batters box was.  This is a great snack for families to make at home or for SLP’s to make and bring in to school to share with students (please be sure to check for peanut allergies—omit peanuts if this presents an issue).   This treat and game activity are sure to “hit a home run” with your little sluggers—so let’s play ball!!

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