Why are these little things SO intriguing to my students?! Every student that saw them for the first time practically shouted, "COOL!" Have you started using them in speech yet?? Keep reading to find out how I used them for an entire week (yes, for every goal) in my speech room!
First off, here are the mini objects my sweet friends over at Speech Tree Co sent me (and be sure to scroll down to the bottom... I've added a coupon code for you!):
Okay okay, so let's get into the real reason for this post.
I'm going to make this simple and straightforward:
Let's separate every goal area I addressed, and how exactly I used the mini objects for each goal.
This is an easy one since the objects are separated by phoneme. This means you can literally pull these off your shelf, and you're ready for therapy.
But, of course I had to add some extra fun to practicing speech sounds.
- Give each other directions to hide different items ("hide the CANDY CANE under the chair")
- Find a couple buckets (I use the mini ones from Target) OR draw 3 circles on a whiteboard (I usually just draw on my table). Sort the objects by initial, medial, and final phonemes
- Add other objects that start with the target phoneme and make up silly sentences: i.e. I have a student working on /b/. I set up our /b/ mini objects all over my table, and blew a bubble towards one of them: "BUBBLE on the BUG!" "BUBBLE on the BOW!"; you could also incorporate stuffed animals (I use Beanie Babies) with target sounds: "The GECKO is GIVING the GUM to me!"
Then, they used my model to write their own descriptive writing after choosing a mini object (for most of my kids, I chose the object because I could control how descriptive the object was. For example, a castle is a lot more descriptive than a leaf).
You could also pick mini objects, and have the students write stories. You could make it a challenge: who could use the most mini objects in their written story?!
Okay, I realize this picture looks upside down! That's because it's facing the student opposite of me. It's a felt bed that came in a random story pack I bought off Amazon. I grabbed it out of storage, grabbed my mini objects, and my lesson was ready to go!