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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – ABCs With An Attitude

chicka chicka

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was a book I missed out on when I was teaching Trinity (18), Andres (8), Eden (7) and Leah (11) to read.  Fortunately, I’ve caught this unfortunate oversight in time for my Littles – Noah (6 with Down syndrome), Bella (4) and Seth (2).

Actually, I didn’t realize what a treasure it was until I happened across the video version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom put out by Scholastic.  I watched it once and knew the book would be a forever classic in our home.  Funny how every now and then it’s the movie that makes the book versus the other way around.

If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about the letters of the alphabet as they make their way up the coconut tree, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room?”

You’ll have to check it out yourself to find out.

DSC08579So we’re doing a week of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, complete with alphabet activities, palm trees and coconuts.  We used construction paper, foam letters and glue for this.  It’s difficult to tell, but we fringed the leaves – great practice for Little Miss Scissor-Hands (Bella – 4) and Noah (6 with Down syndrome) too.  I just drew short lines on the edges of the leaves for the kids to cut.  A fun craft project with minimum mess and lots of opportunities to practice fine motor skills and alphabet recognition – who could ask for more?

Following Directions – Free Cut and Paste Printable

Noah has been learning positional words like over, under, through, on top of, etc. at hippotherapy, so I was looking for some free printables to practice those words at home.  (Click on the thumbnail below for the link to the free printable.)

This free printable was PERFECT!  I actually printed out three copies of this.  Noah (6-with Down syndrome) and Bella (4) did it together.  I’m going to do this with Andres (8) later this week and see if he can do it correctly with auditory-only directions.

Noah is working on his scissor skills, and I am happy to report he is using scissors in a thumb-up position without any prompting.   I cut out the strips and let him cut out the squares as I held the paper for him.  Then I read the directions out loud and helped him paste the pictures where they belonged.

This was challenging for him because it was really a two-step command.  He had to select the right picture first, and then he had to put it on the right spot on the house page.

He didn’t seem to be able to carry over his knowledge of those positional words that he has learned at hippotherapy.  This is a perfect example of how many children with Down syndrome have trouble generalizing information.  Just because Noah has learned what “over” means in relation to horses or even himself positionally, he doesn’t know that that same word is used when he puts the cat “over” the chimney.

It’s easy to get discouraged, but mommies remember, the first time your child learns a concept is the hardest.  As you have to teach the same concept in different situations, it will become easier and easier since the foundation has already been laid.   And just remember, you’re not really “reteaching;” you are  broadening your child’s understanding of the concept.

I loved the fact that both Noah and Bella stayed engaged in this activity for the duration- and there were ten pictures that had to be placed.  I worked in lots of articulation practice along with the vocabulary.  I had Noah attempt each word twice as he glued it, and then at the end I had him attempt each word one more time as I pointed.

Noah”s speech therapist taught him last week that ghosts say “Boo,” so he spent half of our session today yelling “boo” at me.

So nice to hear his voice.  So very, very nice.

Free Autumn Printable Cut and Paste – Articulation Practice, Vocabulary and Handwriting Practice

I came across these on Pinterest the other day and thought they looked cute.

In The Teachers' Lounge: FREEBIE:Fall Label the Parts

This freebie was part of a blog post originally posted at:  http://cindysintheteacherslounge.blogspot.com/2012/10/freebiefall-label-parts.html

This is a free set of labeling printables with a fall/autumn theme.  There’s an indian boy and girl, a cat, a pilgrim, a squirrel, a turkey, a fireman, a scarecrow and an owl.  I actually have gotten use out of these with Bella (4), Noah (6-Down syndrome) and Andres (8) who has some sensory integration issues.  Each picture has two formats.   One is fill-in the boxes with the letters of the word.  Each letter is assigned a box appropriately sized either tall or small depending on the size of the letter.   The other format includes preprinted labels to cut out and then paste to the appropriate boxes.

I just love it when I can use one activity for several of my kiddos – especially when it crosses the Little/Middle line.

Bella used the label format and used this as a pre-reading, scissor and vocabulary activity.  She cut out the labels, I read each one to her and pointed out the beginning and the ending letter of the word.  Then I pointed to the different items on the page that needed a label and asked for the right one by name (ex.  “Here’s his boot.  Do you have the word “boot”?)   She looked at the labels she had and selected the correct word.  She is not really reading these words yet, but since we had just gone over them, she was able to find the correct words mostly by looking at beginning and ending letters.  This is a very easy form of “sight-reading.”  It’s much easier than asking a child to recall the sight word independently.  It was great to see her confidence soar during this exercise.  I find my children are much more likely to enjoy an academic activity if they feel confident in their ability.

Noah also used the label format and we snuck in scissor skills, articulation practice and vocabulary.  First, he cut the labels out as I held the paper.  Hooray for scissor practice!  Next, I read the word to him and he repeated it (as best he could) back to me.  I tried to get three repititions for each word.  Then I asked him where the item was, he pointed to it, and he used the glue stick to glue the word to the right box.

Next, I gave the word box format to Andres.  He identified which words belonged in which blanks, and he used the word boxes to help form the right-sized letters.  The word box idea is excellent for children who struggle with making their letters the appropriate size and placement on the line.

Glad to pass these along – hope you can put them to use.