April Themes

Agriculture and Apples- Tomberlain

Kindergarten-2nd graders:  We are reading the book, The Apple Pie Tree, and learning about apples.  We will also compare and contrast fruits and vegetables, sequence making an apple pie and learn how the different seasons affect the life cycle of an apple tree.

This month our 3rd-5th grade students will be learning about crops, livestock and industrial products.  It is amazing to learn which products are made using crops and livestock.  We will target vocabulary, context clues, inferencing skills, labeling and listening comprehension.

Spring: Easter, Earth Day, Weather- Van der heijden

Kindergarten-2nd graders: This month we have been learning about descriptive words (adjectives) related to Spring and the Easter holiday! Prepositions, grammar/syntax, articulation and multi-step directions will be addressed. We will end this part of the month with a spring egg hunt while applying all of the above skills while diving into our student specific objectives!

We will also be learning about Earth day by learning facts, using articulation words related to Earth day and determining important vs. unimportant details to help us determine the main idea.

3rd-5th grades: This month we will be reading the weather book, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”. We will be applying story vocabulary, make inferences/predictions related to the text and pictures, apply Braidy the story braid and sequence story parts. We will also have a spring egg hunt to address student specific objectives!

Joke of the month (Earth Day):

What kind of plant can you grow on your hand?

Answer: a PALM tree!

To Infinity and Beyond in March

Our students will explore the Solar System.  We will learn about NASA, the planets, the International Space Station and watch a space shuttle take off and land.  It will be an exciting month for our students who love science and technology.  We will target vocabulary and  comprehension.

Emotions and Valentine’s Day

We will read the book The Day It Rained Hearts (K-2) and Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch (3-5).  The stories we will read this month will allow students to talk about being kind to others, recognizing emotions in others and finding ways to be a nice friend to classmates.


It’s October and we will be reading The Boy Who Cried Wolf (K-2) and The Teacher From The Black Lagoon (3-5).  We will focus our instruction on story retell, answering questions related to the story, descriptive words, vocabulary and following multi-step directions.  Our articulation practice will center on our vocabulary words from the books.

Ahoy Mateys!

This month in Speech we are learning ALL about Pirates, using two of our favorite Pirate books: “Pirates Go to School” for K-2 groups, and “How I Became a Pirate” for grades 3-5. We are focusing on vocabulary, similarities/differences, adjectives, pronouns, sentence structure, identifying story elements, story retell, sequencing, articulation and other objectives to address our students Speech-Language skills! If your child has returned their folder, folders will be going home at the end of the month for September. Please remove your child’s papers and return the folder in October so that we can fill them up with more Speech-Language activities!

Funny of the month:

“How do Pirates prefer to communicate?”

Answer: Aye to Aye!

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Speech at Pitner Elementary!  Mrs. van der Heijden and Mrs. Tomberlain will be working as a team to provide fun and effective therapy to our Pitner students.  Speech folders will be sent home at the end of the month, containing your child’s work over the month.  Please return the folder after you have a chance to remove your child’s completed work.  Speech Progress Reports will be sent home at the same time as report cards, at the end of each nine week period.  We are looking forward to a wonderful school year, where we are TEAMING UP for EXCELLENCE through improved Speech and Language skills!