Beach Snacks {with SpeechSnacks for Ocean Vocabulary}

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After a glorious week at the beach and vacation memories still fresh in my mind, I decided to dedicate this week’s post to an essential item needed on your next visit to the ocean— beach snacks!!  And if you have kids, you know how important it is to pack those snacks in your beach bag before heading out for a day of fun in the sun.  After all, riding waves and making sand castles can work up quite an appetite.  This snack will quell the hunger pangs and provide lots of energy. The best part is that each ingredient represents things you find on the beach or in the ocean, which turns your snack into a language lesson in beach/ocean vocabulary!  Mix up a batch of this yummy treat with your kiddos at home as you identify and discuss the vocabulary together.   Take a dive into the  beach-themed game I have created to work on sentence building and descriptive words.  Enjoy, and remember—-”life’s a beach when you have good language and speech!!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following foods represent beach items:

pretzel sticks=driftwood

goldfish crackers=fish/ocean life

dark and white chocolate chips=beach pebbles

Cheerios cereal=life preservers

dried fruit=coral/seashells

dried seaweed=seaweed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have  you tried dried, roasted seaweed????  It’s paper thin, has a salty, nutty flavor and is so good for you!!  I found mine in Trader Joe’s.

 

Mix up all ingredients in a bowl.  Store in zip lock baggies—enjoy on the beach or anytime you want a healthy, energy-packed snack!

 Beach vocabulary—-Define it—-Describe it—-Use it in a sentence

I created three different vocabulary game boards–each contains different beach/ocean words

             

 

 

 

You or your student picks a word on their game sheet and earns points by following the directions in each air bubble.(1 point=define it, 2 pts=describe it, 3 pts=use it in a sentence)

Give out the corresponding number of suns or clouds for correct responses.  Make multiple copies of the the sun/clouds sheet.  Count up all the suns and clouds at the end.  The student with the most suns is the winner!

 Suns and clouds to use as reinforcement for correct/incorrect responses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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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