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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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Sweet Hearts for your sweethearts—{and “SpeechSnacks” to win your hearts!}

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It’s all about HEARTS in this week’s post! In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s 1- a quick and creative sweet treat (chocolate heart pretzels), 2-a healthy fruit treat (strawberry hearts and arrowsand 3- a few speech and language treats (Valentine themed games)—to win the hearts of all my ”SpeechSnacks” Valentines! Continue reading “Sweet Hearts for your sweethearts—{and “SpeechSnacks” to win your hearts!}” »

“Easy-Peezy” (Kid Friendly) Apple Pie {with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}

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If your kids like to help you cook in the kitchen,  then you are sure to have a great time preparing this recipe together.    And if they are working on the /l/ sound, you will find lots of opportunities to reinforce this sound, work on direction following, practice sequencing steps and your older kids will have a chance to practically apply their knowledge of fractions.

When my son was in preschool, we took a cooking class together.  This is one of the many fun recipes we learned to prepare.  It’s been several years since we took that cooking class—(time sure flies the older we get)—and  I still enjoy making this simple apple pie with him and reliving the memories of that special “mommy-son time” we shared not so long ago! Continue reading ““Easy-Peezy” (Kid Friendly) Apple Pie {with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}” »

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