Preschool Speech

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Food Drive

“Thanks for Giving”

November 6-14, 2017

Nickajack will be collecting food items for The Center for Family Resources, which provides over 1,500 Thanksgiving baskets to Cobb families each year.  Thanksgiving week can be even more financially stressful when students are home from school for more than just the holiday meal.  Through participation in the annual Thanks for Giving food drive, our generous community captures the true spirit of Thanksgiving.  With harvesting hands and a helping heart, please consider donating one of the following items to our food drive:

  • Canned Gravy
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Potatoes
  • Canned Green/Yellow Vegetables
  • Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • Canned Milk
  • Canned Meat, Tuna, or Ham
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup

Beginning November 6th, please send any food items that you would like to donate to school with your child.  There will be collection barrels located outside the main office.  Thank you for your generosity!  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Weber at 678-842-5814, ext. 230.

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November Literacy Books

Hello again!

Happy November! 🙂 The next couple of weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Break we will focus on our “Food Unit.” We will talk about everything food related! This will include, but is not limited to vocabulary of food (i.e. every day food items, some food we may see at Thanksgiving dinner, utensils we see in the kitchen, etc.), what we do with food (i.e. focusing on verbs such as cook, stir, chop, cut, wash, eat, measure, etc.) concepts (i.e. size, temperature, color, etc.), the possibilities are endless!

Below are the books, by week, that we will be reading.

November 6-10: Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley

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November 13-17: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

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Great carryover to incorporate at home is to talk about food you are preparing (i.e. the name of it, what it looks like, tastes like, how it feels, how you are going to prepare it, etc.). Most of all, have fun with this unit! 🙂

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Remaining October Literacy Books

Greetings parents! If you haven’t noticed already, our October theme has encompassed a “Fall” and “Halloween” theme mixed with some emotions! To give you a heads up, below are the books that we are working on in speech therapy for the remainder of the month.

The rest of this week (October 16-20) Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda.

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October 23-27: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and Illustrated by Megan Lloyd

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October 30-Novemeber 3: Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and Illustrated by S.D. Schindler

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Happy reading!!!

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September- December Speech Calendars

Below is a link for monthly speech calendars! Each week a different speech and/or language skills is targeted throughout the whole week (repetition, repetition, repetition!). Please keep in mind, this is a general calendar made for all ages, so some of the tasks may be more challenging for preschoolers. Therefore, I suggest picking an activity 3 days a week and that way you have some left over boxes that you can choose from on the weeks that the target skill may not apply to your child.

Have fun practicing these skills with your kiddo!! 🙂


Fall and Winter Super Duper Calendar

**Calendars are courtesy of Super Duper Publications




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Book of the Week

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More Vocabulary

This week we’ve continued our “All About Me” theme and have begun incorporating vocabulary for our upcoming unit… “Colors!” Please click the link above for vocabuary visuals for this week’s book.

As a heads up… Next week’s book will be I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman.


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All About Me Theme

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From Head to Toe Animal Vocabulary

From Head to Toe Actions

From Head to Toe Objects

This week, August 7-11, we have been reading the book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. This book incorporates movements with body parts as well as animals. The kids have really been enjoying it! We have emphasized the parts of the body vocabulary, sequencing, action words and have utilized the Agent + Action + Object format in our retell. In the links above are visuals that coincide with the story. Please feel free to print these out and have your child retell the story, practice vocabulary, do the movements, etc.

Also, below is a matching worksheet I created using (Great resource for visuals! A membership is required.). Feel free to print this out and work on this with your child. It is a great way to work on “wh” questions and functions of parts of the body.

Parts of the Body Matching Worksheet


Until next time,

Mrs. Callie

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Welcome Back!!!

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope each and every one of you had an enjoyable summer!  I am looking forward to working with your child to continue and/or begin building strong communication skills.

This is my third year as the Preschool Speech Language Pathologist at Nickajack. Together, we will be working on enhancing your child’s communication skills (speech and/or language) in order for him/her to become a more successful communication partner.

Language Students: We will have thematic units throughout the school year. Speech/language will follow along with the Nickajack preschool classroom thematic units to increase generalization. During each theme we will read books, learn new vocabulary, answer questions, etc. I will post vocabulary visuals to the blog so that you can use the visuals at home.

Articulation Students: We will follow along with the same thematic units for the basis of our articulation activities. During our speech activities, we will focus on phoneme/sound productions. When your child has demonstrated increased success of a specific articulation skill, worksheets will be sent home to encourage generalization.

You are a key component to your child’s speech and language development. It is imperative to continue working on speech/language at home. This increases carryover and generalization of skills. That being said, please contact me if you have any questions/concerns.

I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!


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Summer is around the corner…

Where has the school year gone?! I can’t believe that summer is upon us!

That being said, here’s a friendly reminder that the last day of school is Wedneasday, May 25th. Please note  that Tuesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 25th are early release days; therefore, afternoon speech sessions will not occur on those days.

Enjoy your summer break and keep working hard on communication skills! Summer is great opportunity to incorporate new vocabulary and different activities that assist in expanding your little one’s communication skills. 🙂

If I don’t get the opportunity to see you prior to our summer break… Enjoy, be safe and relax!



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Transportation/Vehicle Unit

We have just begun our transportation/vehicle unit in speech therapy. This is such a great unit to address new vocabulary targeting nouns and verbs. We can talk about vehicles that drive, fly, float, dig, pour, dump, etc. Below is the first book we will be reading and focusing on in our new unit. If you have a copy of this book at home I strongly encourage you to implement it into your night time story routine to assist in carryover. I have also attached visuals of the vocabulary we will be working on. There is a variety of vocabulary levels. Please feel free to print this vocabulary, cut out the images and work on it at home. If you happen to see any of these vehicles around the community be sure to disucss them with your child! As always, thank you for all that you do! 🙂


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Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please remember that school is closed Novemeber 21-25.

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