Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Push-In Phonemic Awareness and Articulation Activity Idea

If you're like me, then you love finding activities that are engaging, fun, and educational.  As a speech language pathologist, I get to determine which service delivery method is most appropriate for my students.  And, more often than not, I do more push-in therapy than I do individual or small group.  The nice thing about push-in therapy is that it provides the response to intervention (RTI) services that speech language pathologists are often asked to perform.  So, by doing push-in, you are building skills for all kids--even for those who often fall through the cracks.

Alphabet Song by Have Fun Teaching
(Sorry, I couldn't embed the videos on the blog.
Click on one of the links to view them on YouTube.)
A few years ago, our school district installed SMART Boards (interactive white boards) in all of our classrooms.  This was great because it gave me a whole new medium to present to my students.  What I found with SMART Boards was that the kids were 100% focused on me (the board), front and center.  One of my first missions was to get the classrooms to utilize the boards as an opening language/phonics lesson that they could do on a daily basis.  Through time, I made my way through some pretty entertaining YouTube ABC songs.  Some were okay, some were pretty good, and others were really bad.  There are a ton of ABC songs and videos on YouTube.  

Then I stumbled upon a REALLY good video by Have Fun Teaching.  The first one was the Alphabet Song | ABC Song | Phonics Song.  I really liked it because unlike the other ABC songs on YouTube, it was hip, current, and catchy.  The real value was that it was well thought out in terms of being educational and geared toward teaching phonics.  Once I found this then I was really onto something.  This guy (Mark) actually produced individual videos for every letter in the alphabet!  For instance, when watching the video for the letter M, I counted at least 4 measures (or 64 trials) of producing /m/ in isolation.  Then, within the song he added 2 measures (or 8 trials) of /m/ in the initial position of words for 6 words (that's 48 trials if you're not good at math).  He also added in a little multisensory stuff by having the students "air write" the capital and lowercase letters.  Pretty cool if you ask me.  When it was all said and done, /m/ was used at least 112 times!  Talk about repetition and practice!  All in all, they've produced 27 alphabet videos.

But that's not all!  That's right, there's more.  Have Fun Learning has its own webpage and lots and lots more videos that include: Science Songs, Character Songs, Fitness Songs, Shape Songs, Counting Songs, Kindergarten Songs, and much, much more.  Depending on your budget, you can either purchase the videos or songs on their website or you can watch them for free on YouTube.