Tuesday, 1 December 2009

I can... enjoy winter activities!

December 2009
Winter is almost here and we can’t stop it from coming. So, we may as well embrace it!  This month, we’ve brought you some ideas for using AAC while participating in fun, winter-themed activities that can be enjoyed from the warmth of indoors!

Vocabulary suggestions for participating in Winter Activities:
What’s on your wish list?
More hot chocolate please!
I need my sweater.
Help me write a letter to Santa.
We need _____ for our snowman.
Happy Holidays!
Let’s watch a holiday movie.
It’s too cold! Let’s go inside.
Build the snow fort bigger.
Hooray! No school for 2 weeks.
Help me throw a snowball.
I want to catch snowflakes.

Winter can bring a lot of opportunities for outdoor fun.  However, sometimes we need to stay in the warm and have our fun inside. There are a multitude of activity ideas online which are often easy to adapt for children who use AAC. Here are some examples
       Apples 4 the Teacher - Fun Educational Website for Teachers and Kids
Sign up to receive free newsletters that contain lesson plan ideas, printables and more. Explore the Snowflake Factory – using partner assisted scanning, your child can create their own virtual snowflake and then make it ‘move’ in a blizzard, explode, melt etc. http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/winter/    

Also, using partner assisted scanning, your child can select colours to complete a picture with a virtual crayon. Several colouring pages and reading activities can be found at:

Partner Assisted Scanning is a method in which the communication partner indicates all possible choices by showing, pointing and/or speaking the names of all available items. The choices are then restated one by one, and the child confirms or rejects each item using their previously established “yes” or “no” response. Messages can often be conveyed more quickly because the physical effort required is minimized.

Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow - Preschool Learning Activities and Ideas
Here you’ll find lots of examples of activities in which your child could use a simple speech-generating device like a Step-by-Step to direct the activity. You can also register for the Rainbow Resource Room where you’ll find additional helpful resources.   http://preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-winter.htm

AbleNet’s The Wiz - Looking for a fun new idea for your Step-by-Step? Choose your Grade Level, and Communication Tools from the Product Family menu. You'll be on your way to a great new activity in no time. Search for the Winter theme activities. http://store.ablenetinc.com/wiz.aspx

No-Tech Ideas

Laminate symbols/vocabulary related to outdoor winter activities and attach them to your child’s coat or mittens using a rubber-coiled keychain.  Don’t forget to include messages like “I’m cold”, “Let’s do it again”, “Time for some hot chocolate”, “This is so much fun!”

Light Tech Ideas

Your child could use their sequential message device to tell the class each of the steps for making a winter recipe (e.g. cookies, hot chocolate).  Find some tasty recipe ideas in the Rainbow Resource Room at http://preschoolrainbow.org/join.htm.

High Tech Ideas

Use your computer to do some holiday writing.  You can write a letter to Santa using IntelliTools Classroom Suite software.  A template has already been created for you at aex.intellitools.com/searchdetails.php?act_key=dearsanta0

We’re All Stars
London Convention Centre
January 18, 2010
10am – 2pm

An annual daytime celebration held in conjunction with the Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction. TVCC Clients can participate in All About Me displays, listen to presentations from 3 of their peers, get autographs from the Sports celebrities, and enjoy a pizza lunch. It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements of TVCC clients.  If you know someone who would like to have an “All About Me” display, contact Heather Pimperton, by December  14/09 at 519-685-8700 x58683 or

Free tickets are available through the schools. To attend, please request a ticket from your child’s teacher or educational assistant.

January 18, 2010
London Convention Centre
For tickets, contact for more information, please contact Bud at: budloughlin@royallepage.ca
or call: (519) 657-6005