October 12th, 2013

Vocabulary Building-Fall Theme

There are so many interesting things to talk about in October.  In Canada we get to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en.  This is one of my favourite Fall rhymes.  It’s sung to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:

All the leaves are falling down,  falling down, 

 falling down           

                                                All the leaves are falling down, red, yellow, green and brown  

When my kids were little I recall singing this endlessly on the way to and from preschool.  There may be more verses, but we kept it simple.  That way I could drive and remember the words at the same time, while planning dinner and thinking about the grocery list.

Activity: Brainstorming is a fun way to build vocabulary.  All you need for this one is a bucket/bag/box/bowl/basket of different kinds of leaves. Take turns printing and saying all the words you can think of that go with “leaf”.  You’ll find one word leads to another and before you know you’ve got hundreds of words. Try putting the words into groups (action words, describing words, nouns).  Make sentences.  If you have time put the sentences into a story and draw a picture.

Here’s an example of brainstorming:                    Leaf 

maple,  fir,  pine,  needle, branch,  green,  prickly,  soft,  floating,  twirling,  crunchy, brown,  rake,  pile,  jump,  squish,  damp,  earthy,  messy, toss, bugs, twigs

Describing words:  green, brown, earthy, messy, crunchy, prickly, damp, soft

Action words:  floating, twirling, jump, squish,  toss

Nouns: maple, fir, pine, needle, branch, rake, pile, bugs, twigs

Happy Thanksgiving.


September 22nd, 2013

Tongue Tied?

Every once in a while I talk to a parent who asks if their child is tongue tied.  They wonder if that might be the reason he has difficulty talking. There are many reasons why a child might have difficulty with speech sounds, but it’s not due to a tongue tie. A tongue tie (ankyloglossia) is when the […]

August 25th, 2013

Raising a Bilingual Child: One Activity a Day

My guest blog is by Rina Parbhakar who has a unique perspective on teaching two languages.  Thank-you Rina for sharing your story. As a bi-lingual, bi-cultural Speech-Language Pathologist, I feel a heavy sense of responsibility. It started the moment I became a mother.  I didn’t want my child to be among the generation of children […]

July 30th, 2013

Vocabulary Building-Summer Theme

Summer means different things to different people. If you ask, “What words come to mind when you think of summer?” , you’ll get different answers.  Brainstorming is a great activity to get students to think more broadly. Try printing and saying a word associated with summer.  Talk about words that are the same or similar, words that are […]


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