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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


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:  https://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/quick-as-a-cricket-free-printable-sequencing-cards/.

Free Printables for Peekaboo Morning, A Predictable Book by Rachel Isadora

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One of Noah’s favorite words these days is


In hopes of working in some additional sounds, I was eager to leap to peekaboo.  That’s how I came across this classic children’s book.

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So many language concepts and so many opportunities for extension activities in this adorable picture book!  The first page shows the child looking at a clue (the puppy’s tail) and saying “Peek-a-Boo I see . . .”  Turn the page to find the item the child was in pursuit of along with text that names the item:  My mommy, my daddy, me, my puppy, my train, my grandma, my grandpa, a bunny, a butterfly, my friend,  and you.

American Sign LanguageAll these phrases Noah just happens to know in American Sign Language (ASL), so we were able to sign the entire book.  Click below for ASL printable flashcards for family names.  The graphics are from www.babysignlanguage.com.

ASL - Family Names

And for the other words in Peekab00 Morning in ASL, click here:  Peekaboo Morning ASL.  If you are not familiar with these signs, you will want to use a free ASL site with video clips like www.lifeprint..com or www.aslpro.com to learn the sign and just use the flashcards as prompts or reminders.

Target Words: My, mommy, daddy, me, puppy, train (choo choo), and bunny are all words Noah can say.  We used reading this story as articulation practice by me reading the words and pausing before the words associated with the pictures.  Noah takes those cues well and will usually say the target word as I point to the picture.  Depending on the mood he is in, I will often then repeat it back to him and wait for him to say it again two more times, refining his articulation as needed.

Language Concepts:  This is a fabulous book for reinforcing the names of family members.  Mommy, Daddy, me, Grandpa and Grandma are all used within the text.  (Make sure to read the end of this article for a Family member extension activity.)

Sequencing: The nature of this book makes it a great opportunity for sequencing practice.  Here are free printable PEC cards based on the story to use in a sequencing activity:

Peekaboo Morning Sequencing Cards


I cut, laminated and stuck a magnet on the back of these.  Same idea as using Velcro for a PEC story board – just spicing it up a bit.  As we read the book, Noah finds the PEC that matches the object on the page and places it in order on a metal cookie sheet, refrigerator or (metal) door.

Repetitive Phrases: “Peekaboo, I see . . .” appears on each two-page spread, prompting lots of hits on this target word.  To help elicit speech from Noah, I would cover my eyes and then slowly spread my fingers apart and say “Peek-a-Boo.”  He would join in and say “Boo!” Then I would go back and say “peek” until he attempted the longer utterance of “peek-a-boo.”

Predictable Language: This is my favorite aspect of this adorable book.  On most of the “Peek-a-boo, I see . . .” pages, there is a small visual clue as to what will be on the next page, a puppy’s tail, a grandma’s hat, a newspaper hiding a grandpa, etc.  By drawing your child’s attention to that small detail, he can very excitedly guess what will be on the next page.  Noah loved this, although he started signing butterfly halfway through the book, knowing it would be coming up soon.  I love that he was so excited about what he knew was coming.  His love of books is so encouraging to me!

Extension Activity: Make your own Peekaboo Morning book based on your child’s target words using photographs.  Take pictures of his favorite people and things, and create pages with text that read “Peek-a-Boo, I see . . .” alternating with the pictures of the object and appropriate text labeling.  This is a fun way for parents to make books about family life as well as for teachers and therapists to make books about friends. activities, and teachers at school.

For other language-rich picture book ideas for speech therapy, please visit my Language-Rich Picture Books and Extension Ideas page at https://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2647&action=edit.