It’s a fairy tale (well almost) therapy!

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I’ve always loved fairy tales! Much like Audrey Hepburn “If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” Not to compare myself with Einstein (sadly in any way, sigh) but “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

It was the very first genre I’ve read when I’ve learned how to read. In fact I love fairy tales so much that I actually took a course on fairy tales in college (yes they teach that!) and even wrote some of my own (though they were primarily satirical in nature).

So it was a given that I would use fairy tales as a vehicle to teach speech and language goals to the children on my caseload (and I am not talking only preschoolers either).

Fairy tales are educational! They indirectly teach children morals and values in ingenious and entertaining ways. Fairy tales are inspiring! They make you believe in better things! For at-risk children (e.g., low SES, abused/neglected, etc) who’ve never even heard of this genre prior to working with me, they open imaginations to endless possibilities!

That is why I was so excited to review The Speech Bubble’s ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’ speech and language companion packs for preschool and elementary aged students. She used adorable “Little Red”s School House” clip art for these comprehensive packs which have a little something for almost every speech and language goal.

Let’s start with ‘The Little Red Hen‘. This 37 page packet contains the following activities:

sample 1 fairy    sample 2 fairy

  • Story Sequencing
  • WH Comprehension Questions
  • Context Clues for Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Pragmatic Questions
  • Inferencing Questions
  • Irregular Past Tense Verbs
  • Verb Tenses
  • Articulation
  • Rhyming Words
  • Constructed Response (Writing)

Next up is the 49 page ‘Gingerbread Man‘ companion

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   gb2

In addition to the activities listed in the “Little Red Hen“, The Gingerbread Man pack it also includes:

  • Story Mat
  • Game board
  • Following Directions/Basic Concepts Activity
  • Compare and Contrast Activity
  • Inferencing and Predicting Activity

These packs are so comprehensive that you’ll easily have enough activities to work on for several weeks with your students.

I particularly like  the fact that these packs are applicable to younger and older children since Maureen offers multiple choice questions with visuals (sequencing cards, context clues, comprehension questions, etc) for the younger/more impaired children as well as more abstract choices of cards and materials (synonyms, antonyms, fill in the blank, open answer responses, etc) for the older children. You can find these companion packs in Maureen’s TPT Store on sale today.

But that’s not all Maureen and I have a surprise for you guys in store!

She’s is reviewing my Treatment of Social Pragmatic Deficits in School Aged Children packet. So we decided to do a Raflecopter giveaway of our respective products on our respective blogs! So she’ll be giving away her fairy tale bundle on her BLOG while I’ll be giving away my Treatment of Social Pragmatic Deficits on mine.  SO DON’T FORGET TO ENTER BOTH GIVEAWAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCES FOR BOTH!
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