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Around the House – PECS for the Kitchen and Dining Room

An important life skill for children is knowing where to find things and where to put them away.  Knowing the answer to where do you find the sink, the refrigerator, the potty, the table, the bed is not only helpful to your child, but it is also helpful to us Mommys as we lighten our load as our child becomes more independent in his activities of daily living.

With that in mind, I’ve created some PECs for items around the house.  Here’s a few ways you can use them outside of the obvious:

1.  Scavenger Hunt:  Make 2 copies of the PECs.  Laminate both copies, leave one intact and cut up the other.  Put velcro dots on the front of the intact copy and on the back of the cut copies.  Place the cut PECs in the place where that item is found (the fork PEC goes in the silverware drawer, the refrigerator PEC gets taped to the refrigerator).  Give your child a board, point to the first PEC and ask him, “Where do we find the ______________ (fill in the blank with the appropriate word).  Giving him as much assistance as necessary, go with him to find the item.  When he finds the item and the PEC, have him place it on the matching square on the PEC board.

2.  Memory game:  Make 2 copies of the PECs.  Laminate and cut both copies.  Place all cards (or just a few pairs of the cards if your child is a beginner) face down on the table and allow him to turn over two cards, trying to make a match.  If he finds a match, he gets another turn.  If he doesn’t make a match, turn the cards back over and now it’s your turn.

3.  Matching game:  This is a great way to introduce your child to the Memory game if he is not quite ready for the real thing.  Print 2 copies of the PECs, laminate and cut.  Place the cards face up on the table.  Allow your child to select one card.  Now instruct him to find the matching card.  When he has made a match, then it’s your turn.  This is a great game to play with multiple children if you are like me and have several Littles at the same time with different ages and ability levels.

4.  Lotto cards:  This will only work for a noncompetitive game since all the cards will be the same.  An alternative would be to print several cards, cut on the lines, reorder the PECs, glue onto cardstock or paper and then laminate.  In any case, you’ll need an extra set of PECs for the caller.  Give everyone a card.  Place the cut PECs face down on the table in a stack.  Have the caller turn the top card up and name it.  Have children place a coin or other small item on their corresponding space on the card.  The first one to have a complete line marked wins.  If the PEC card is not completely covered with PECs, using blank cards for the blank spaces works well.  Don’t forget to write the correct word on the back of each PEC so your child can start to use the letters as hints.  The very first time I played this way with Bella (3), she started saying, “This can’t be a match because this has a p and this doesn’t have a p.  Clever girl.

You’ll find the kitchen PECs here (kitchen, sink, cupboard, fork, refrigerator, tea kettle, oven, microwave, spoon, napkin, dish towel, dish soap, sponge, radio, paper plate, paper bowl, coffee maker, blender):

Kitchen Noun PECs

And the dining room PECs here (dining room, table, chair, window, bookshelf, pencil sharpener, pens and pencils and booster seat):

Dining Room Noun PECs

H-Word PECs for Memory Game

While we’re on the subject of long-term, short-term and working memory, here are some H Words Memory PECs I’ve been using to play the Memory Game with Noah. I used www.mrsriley.com to make these – it was SOOOO easy!!! You’ll find PECs for hippo, helicopter, hat, heart, happy, horse, hot, house and hello.

This is a 2-page file structured so you can print it on a duplex printer, and the backs of the cards will have the words printed on them. If you don’t have a duplex printer, glue the pages back to back with a sheet of cardstock between them. (Don’t laminate if they have been glued to cardstock because the laminate won’t seal all three layers together.). You’ll need two copies of each page to play the Memory Game.

Why have words printed on the backs of the cards? Because your child won’t be able to stop himself from “cheating” by trying to match the words to each other. Matching written word to written word is a great pre-reading skill. The trouble with Noah is he is not the least bit interested in matching words to words when I sit down with him and use flashcards. This game is only dependent on your child remembering and matching the pictures. He’ll only use the letters and words on the back of the cards to help him when he is ready. No pressure. You may decide you want to read the back of the card to your child when he puts his hand on it. This may promote his linking the written word to the image. (The written word is also written below the image. If your child is a resistant learner, don’t feel you have to read the word. Sometimes it’s best to miss an obvious teachable moment if capturing it would mean losing the cooperation of your child.)

For www.mrsriley.com members, a fully editable file is available at http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=52266. For non-members, you can edit and download this file with a 24-hour free trial membership. Just follow the directions once you click on the above link.

Free G Word PEC Style Flashcards

These won’t look like your typical flashcards, but for children already familiar with PECs, these PEC-style flashcards will be a perfect introduction to flashcard concepts.

I use these cards to drill Noah on the words we’ll be talking about this week.  I chose these words in particular because these are using the sounds Noah has already demonstrated ability with.  For most children in the early stages of speech and for those who need some remedial work, these are great letter G articulation words.

Other activities these cards are great for is matching, go fish, lotto boards,  memory (game).  Just make two copies, and be sure to speak the word as you and your child use it.

Thanks to www.mrsriley.com for making it SOOO easy to make these.  The fully editable file is available to www.mrsriley.com members at http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=52017.

Click  here for a printable PDF version available to everyone.