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    Choosing a Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

    I am really excited to start a fun, play-based homeschool program for my preschooler. Here’s more on how I decided which curriculum to use:   Why Even Bother with Homeschool for a Preschooler? I never thought I would be searching for a homeschool preschool curriculum. When people used to tell me that they were going to “homeschool” their preschooler, I thought: Why? Preschoolers need to learn through play. (Spoiler alert: I still believe that preschoolers need to learn through play!) I am so lucky to be staying home this year with my 3.5 year old and newborn. (I’m writing this in fall of 2020 and I was planning to stay…

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    Gifts for Babies that Encourage Language Development

    I’ve complied a list of some of my favorite toys to stimulate early language development in babies. (I usually give one of these as part a baby shower gift or as a first birthday present!) Even before babies learn to talk, they are laying the foundation for talking and communication! As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I use toys during play-based therapy with pre-talkers to establish imitation skills, understanding of cause/effect, receptive language (understanding words/language), and to teach gestures such as pointing, waving, and baby sign language.   This post contains affiliate links, which means we could receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.…

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    Summer Language Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors – meaning that you don’t have to plan a ton of indoor activities to keep your little ones busy. Take language learning outside with these summer language activities for toddlers and preschoolers! (Don’t worry there are a few indoor summer activities for those rainy days too.)

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    Flower Shop Dramatic Play for Speech Therapy (Free Printable!)

    One of my favorite speech therapy activities is the flower shop pretend play activity for preschoolers. It's perfect to play at home too! I like to use this activity to target both dramatic play as well as describing words. Keep scrolling for a free visual that kids can use as a as a “menu” to order flowers using describing words.

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    The Perfect Activity for Siblings: The “Mystery Craft”

    The idea for the Mystery Craft started in one of my small speech therapy groups when I ended up having to pair two students together that were pretty different in their abilities. (For any speech therapists wondering, one was targeting listening comprehension and the other social/pragmatic skills.) These two boys loved the Mystery Craft and asked for it all the time!   It got me thinking that it would also be perfect for siblings! Okay – here’s how to do it:   Pick a Craft You’ll want to pick a craft that is easy enough for the younger sibling and has the steps either written out or in picture form…

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    Easter Basket Filler Ideas for Toddlers that Promote Learning!

    Easter is already right around the corner. I love any excuse to dress up my daughter in a frilly dress and see her face light up when she comes downstairs to a fun-filled Easter basket! But what I don’t love is a sugar cash at 8 a.m. on Easter morning – right before we have to get dressed up and go to visit relatives! So that got me thinking . . . What are some good non-food Easter basket filler ideas for toddlers?   This post contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Easter Basket…

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    50+ Sensory Bin Fillers – Plus a Free, Printable List

    Every time I put together a new sensory bin for my daughter, she is so excited! (And so am I because sensory bins are perfect for both interactive play as well as independent play!) Here are a list of sensory bin fillers (for the “base” of your sensory bin) you can use for sensory play. Just add seasonal items or items that target learning goals and you are all set!