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A House is a House for Me – Animal Habitats

Animal habitats (which animal lives in which environment) is a commonly-covered topic in preschool and kindergarten programs and curricula.  A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hobermann is a book that uses sing-song repetitive text and fun illustrations to run down an extensive list of animals and objects and the homes they “live” in.  The line “A House is a House for Me” is repeated throughout the book, making for a fun predictable reading experience.

Here’s a free animal habitat printable activity to go with A House is a House for Me that I worked on over the weekend:
A House is a House for Me blanks.

This activity goes with the book but can be also be used as a stand-alone.  It looks like this:

A House is a House for Me blanks

A House is a House for Me blanks 2

There are three sheets of fill-in-the-blanks (only one is shown) and one page of cards to cut to use to fill in the blanks.  I made these up as PEC boards – laminated all the pages and cut the page of fill-ins.  Then opposing Velcro to the empty squares and the cards was applied.


Read the text, “A (fill in the blank) is a home for a . . .” and allow your child to pick out the correct animal and place it in the empty square.  Remember, if your child has special needs, he may need more time to process the question than typical children.  If you give him extra time and he is still struggling, silently point to the correct card and allow him to pick it up and put it in the right spot.  This way your child experiences success no matter what is ability level is.  Depending on where he is in cognition, you may find it will take a few times of you pointing to the animals before he will be able to select them independently.  No worries – give your child as much support as he needs to be successful.  Also, don’t forget to say the word on the card once your child has selected it.  If your child tolerates repetition, now that the card is in the box, go back and repeat the entire sentence from the beginning.  Repetition is so important for our special little ones.

Free Printable PECS – Numbers 1 through 10

Number PECs

You’ll find  the free downloadable PDF here:   Number PECs
Noah is working on his counting skills in speech therapy, so I thought I’d make some new number PECs to use here at home. I find this format to work well with Noah – dots and the numeral. This reinforces the concept that numerals represent quantity and are not just an arbitrary shape. There are lots of ways to use these, puzzles, ordering, matching, memory or concentration game are just a few.

And Just What Else Can I Do With Velcro?

A couple of years ago, I started buying Velcro.  I started buying A LOT of Velcro.  We were starting Noah (6 with Down syndrome) on PECs, and I get very aggravated when I run out of supplies in the middle of one of my material-making sessions.  Did I mention I bought A LOT of Velcro?

Now that I’ve slowed down on PECs, I’m left with A LOT of Velcro.  So, I’ve started thinking about other things I can be doing with some of this Velcro.

Here’s an idea that worked well for us:


Language/vocabulary:  Rectangle, triangle, square, circle, angle, corner, side, turn, press

I know, I know, this just looks like shapes traced in yarn, but if you look closer, you’ll see Velcro dots lining the shapes.  (The square shape is lined with strips of Velcro.)  See, using yarn is very frustrating for some children, with or without special needs.  Just when  you get it to do what you want it to do, it moves.

Did you know yarn sticks to the rough hooks on Velcro?

It does.

This is one of those little baby step modifications that links Noah from not being able to do a common kindergarten skill like outlining things with yarn to success.

I like it.

I like it a lot.

Here are the free printable shapes (circle, rectangle, square and triangle) I used in a PDF file:  Shapes one to a page with word for velcro and yarn.

Just print them out, laminate and then stick Velcro dots over the lines.  I spaced these about 1-1/2 inches apart, but you can do more or less depending on the current abilities of your child.  If your child needs lots of baby steps, try spacing the dots very close together at first and then progressively make them further apart.  Eventually your child will be able to make the shapes without the dots.