Category Archives: Build-As-You-Go Story Boards

How Will We Get to the Beach – Free Printable Activity

Last week was T week, and I thought turtles would be a good subject to focus on.  Turtle is one of those rare weird words that Noah can actually say pretty well, and I love the opportunity to hear him say his words.  So turtles it was.  That’s how we stumbled upon How Will We Get to the Beach?  A Guessing Game Story by Brigitte Luciani, illustrated by Eve Tharlet.  We found this at our local library, so chances are pretty good it’s on the shelves of your library as well.  (At the bottom of the post you will find directions for using this activity without the book.)

This book was a jackpot for this mommy always on the lookout for language and cognitive practice for her little boy.

The story starts with Roxanne taking her baby to the beach on a beautiful summer day.  She wanted to take five things with her; the turtle, the umbrella, the book, the ball and the baby.

Right here was the first jackpot – four out of five of those words are target speaking words for Noah.

The story follows Roxanne as she tries all different modes of transportation to get to the beach, but none of them enable her to bring all five things with her.  So for each new mode of transportation, one item is left off while all the others are pictured.

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The text follows the format of  “‘Then we’ll ride the                                      to the beach,’ said Roxanne.  But something couldn’t go with them.  What was it?”

The idea is the child should look at the picture and remember the five things Roxanne wanted to bring and determine which one is missing from the picture.  Noah needed a visual and hands-on way to play this game, so I made some PEC cards and a sentence board for him to use.  For the free printable download, go here:  how will we get to the beach story board 1

This is a seven-page file with pages like this:

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Thanks to www.mrsriley.com for making things like this so easy to put together!  Members can find the fully editable file here:  http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=64402

The first page of this file contains five PEC cards for you to laminate and cut.  Place Velcro loop dots on the back of each cut PEC.  Laminate the rest of the pages as well.  In each blank space on the remaining pages, place a Velcro hook dot.  (Sorry, couldn’t do page numbers, so you’ll have to keep the pages in order.)   Read the story to your child, stopping at the end of each spread that asks what is missing.  Use the PEC story board pages in order.  Point to the first box on the story board, say the word, ask your child to say the word himself, and then ask him to find that object on the page in the original book.  Move through each box on the page in that fashion, skipping the blank box.  After all the items on the page have been found, ask your child what is missing.  Show them the cut PECS and have them choose the object that is missing from the page.  Place the appropriate PEC representing the missing object in the blank box.  Repeat for the remaining book pages, stopping and using the PEC story board page that goes with each book page that asks the question, “But something couldn’t go with them.  What was it?”

It would take just a tiny bit of modification to use this activity without the book – just follow the directions for laminating, cutting and Velcro; lay out the cut PECS, go through each page of the story board with your child, point to each picture on the story board and say the word, at the end of the page, ask them to choose from the cut PECS what is missing on their story board page and place the missing picture in the empty box.

You’ll find this to be a great activity for vocabulary building, speech practice, receptive language skills, critical thinking, short term memory and working memory.  It’s just gravy that this book happens to be about going to the beach, and we’re just a few degrees away from summer here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

All in a day’s work, Moms, all in a day’s work.

Free Quick as a Cricket Flannel Board Activity

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We’ve read Quick As a Cricket a few times through now, and the kids enjoyed using this flannel board set I downloaded from http://www.kizclub.com/stories1.htm.  This link will actually take you to a page of many different free printable graphics for classic children’s picture books.  Pretty awesome.  The only disappointment is that there are no pinnable images, so I can’t pin this resource to any of my boards.  You can get these sets in black and white or for in color – all free.  Pretty awesome.

I made this flannel board way back when.  It’s just a heavy-duty poster/presentation board with felt glued on to it.  I should actually call it a felt board – velcro doesn’t stick to flannel.  I printed out the graphics, laminated and cut them, and stuck some Velcro hook circles on the back of each animal.  I laid out all the animals on the floor and read the book, giving the children turns to find the animal that we read about on each page and stick it to the board.  They LOVED it!

I was really impressed with the quality of graphics on the site – very cute, very well done.

Any other resources out there for Quick as a Cricket?  (Get my free printable sequencing cards for Quick as a Cricket here:  http://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/quick-as-a-cricket-free-printable-sequencing-cards/.

Quick As a Cricket – Free Printable Sequencing Cards

Quick as a Cricket is another beloved children’s book brought to you by the dynamic author/illustrator team of Audrey and Don Wood of The Napping House fame.

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Each fanciful illustration is accompanied by a line of text underneath it with the same beginning phrase with only the adjective and noun changing, i.e., “I’m as hot as a fox” on one page and “I’m as weak as a kitten” on the next.

I originally chose this book for when our Letter of the Week was Q, but there are so many language elements to practice in this book, I had to expand my agenda a bit!  You’ll find opportunities for your little one like identifying nouns and adjectives, emotions (sad, happy, mean, nice), animal vocabulary, sequencing,  opposites, counting, and I’m sure I’ve missed an element or two.  It’s also a great early reader for kids because the majority of each sentence is the same.

An easy way to capture a teachable moment while you are reading this book is to point to and count the animals on each page after you’ve read the text.  It will go something like this:

“I’m as nice as a bunny.”

“Let’s count the bunnies.  (pointing) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Five bunnies.”

(Sorry.  I know most of y’all could have figured that out on your own, but I read posts like these and cannot for the life of me figure out how to incorporate the ideas without a script.  So I fill in the blanks for other people like me.)

I’ve made some free sequencing PEC-style cards to go with this book.  There is a card for each animal in the book.  You can find them here: Quick as a Cricket Sequencing

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Happy Printing!