June 13th, 2010

The Perils of Marian

If you’ve scrolled down to the bottom of the page, you’ll have seen the screaming little girl rat  –  a nod to the Perils of Pauline.  Watching those old silent movies reminds us that communicating is more than talking. This clip would be a great way to introduce the topic of communication to students:


Communication involves words, gestures, facial expression and body language.  Meaning is conveyed in written words, pictures (think of washroom signs) and even colour (stop lights).  A foot stomping toddler, a raised eyebrow, crossed arms- we all get it.  Even the message of a silently glaring teenager comes across loud and clear. . If you’re a sports fan, pay attention to the gestures and facial expressions of the players and coaches during World cup soccer, you don’t have to speak the language to understand the meaning.

Activities: Rent a Charlie Chaplin movie.   Play charades and guess the meaning of the actions or have them create their own silent movie.

These are two worksheets you might find helpful for teaching the topic of communication:

We’ve had requests for worksheets and lesson plans to go along with Ready for R and they’re in the works. We’re aiming the language level at about grade 3, because if a child is still having difficulty with the R sound at that age, he/she definitely needs help.  Speech sounds are an important part of communication.  More about that in the next blog.

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2 Responses to “The Perils of Marian”

  1. Tana Marguez says:

    While I don’t currently have any posts on how to teach the /r/ sound on my site I would recommend reading, “The Process of Articulation Therapy” for tips on how to move sounds from isolation to conversation since your daughter can already say the sound in isolation.

  2. mmacdoug says:

    Thanks for passing along a reference that might be helpful for teachers or parents. “The Process of Articulation Therapy” is a post by Heidi Hanks an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. It can be found on her website: mommyspeechtherapy.com

    Just to clarify, my daughter has the /r/ sound really well now in conversation. She’s currently working on her second university degree in Alabama. I like to reassure parents who worry that simple speech sound problems lead to difficulties later in life.

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