Saturday, January 2, 2016

What Child Doesn't Love a Train?

When I was a kid, my dad would scoop me up and dash to a train crossing when one came.  We would count the cars, and wait for the caboose.  Back in the early 60s, we sometimes rode a train from where we lived in Washington DC to Lexington KY.  We then moved to High Bridge KY which hosted an impressive bridge over the Kentucky River.  At the time, it was possible to climb onto the bridge and cross the river.  (Forget about safety rules!)
      I still love trains, and our family has taken some great trips across the country on Amtrak. Recently my husband and I traveled across Java, Indonesia among volcanoes and rice paddies by train.

Yes, I'm on this train as it goes around a curve in Java. This shot was taken from the window.

Without actually looking dangerous, trains are a nice springboard for use in a speech therapy session or an EC classroom.  Many kids have an interest in them, and there are myriad therapy materials available which use trains (e.g. Thomas) as the subject.   I've jumped into the fray with my own set of materials here.  You can use this in a small group, and then take off with it.  Bring in some big cardboard boxes and set up a pretend train in the classroom!   Kids will love it!

Here's the description:

This is an literacy/activity pack for the thematic unit of trains. 
 This pack meant for the more linguistically challenged students and is perfect for speech/OT or speech/special ed collaboration. This is nice for integrating literacy and hand-on activities.

 You are purchasing two interactive books and a craftivity with an assortment of visual supports for all. Most clipart by Smarty Symbols copyright 2016. The special train clipart is from Charlotte’s Clips.
Lots of Trains” real photo interactive book with manipulative icons and sentence frame (3-14)
Where is the Train Going?  interactive book with simple text and icons and sentence frames for matching and building simple sentences. Special emphasis on prepositions. (page 15-27)
9 page step by step booklet for making a Name Train(28-36)
Communication board for the craft  (Page 37)
Yes/No and Wh-questions to go with the Name Train craft  (page 38)
Sequence worksheet for Name Train craft (page 39)
Number sequencing worksheet (page 40) 
There you have it!    You can purchase this at a modest price at TPT.  Enjoy!  I will!

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