I never know what we are doing in speech therapy from week to week. Except that it will probably involve getting messy and dirty, so we dress accordingly.
One week we walked in and our lesson was making pancakes. One week we discussed all things winter and learned how to make snow, the amount of which seemed to grow with every passing minute. The more we handled the snow, the more there was of it.
One week we made (and ate) ice cream.
Are you noticing a food theme? That is because kids, including deaf kids, will say or do anything for another bite of a yummy treat.
I don’t always continue our lesson for the week at home. We do work on other stuff, sounds and names and words, but I am not about to make something like snow that grows. The mess and chaos that would ensue from that type of activity with two children might push me ever the edge.
But if our activity is something that won’t push me over the edge, like making pig biscuits, which also doubled as a great homeschool cooking activity for Lilla, I am all over it. To make pig biscuits, we opened one can of biscuits and laid all but two of them out of a baking sheet. We used the remaining two biscuits to make eyes, ears, tails, noses, and mouths. Then we put all of our little creations on our biscuits and repeated the words over and over to Bette.
We pointed the pig’s eyes, then mama’s eyes, then Lilla’s eyes, and Bette’s eyes. We pointed out the pig’s nose, then Lilla’s nose, then mama’s nose, and Bette’s nose. And so on and so forth. We did every facial feature until we ran out of our extra dough, and then we filled in with Cheerios.
And when we were done, we popped the little piggies into the oven. Then the girls ate them for dinner with peanut butter and jelly.
I love activities like pig biscuits, that work on multiple levels for multiple people. Activity for Bette. Check. Activity for Lilla. Check. Giving me the night off from making dinner. Priceless.