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TIP#5 Summer Language Enrichment Series : Play a category game

Speech Pathology Associates, Mississippi
Summer Language Enrichment Series

Difficulty naming 6-8 items that make up a category can often be an early indicator of
later reading problems.  While this activity can be done in a number of settings, just like
the TIP#4 action word game, playing it in a pool provides the most summer fun.  

As on our last activity, using a beach ball, have your child or a group of kids stand in the
shallow water so they can easily throw a ball to one another.  Either you or another team
member will choose a category from which the items will come. The kids will throw the
ball in a random order so each child must be ready with a category word at all times. 
When the ball is thrown to a child, he/she is to say an item from the category chosen
(animals, clothes, fruits, vegetables, etc.) when the ball is caught. If unable to give a
word, you could have that child sit on the side of the pool until only one child
remains; however, the actual ‘game’ instructions are yours to make.

Increasing category language is one of the best ways to increase language.  If this activity
proves to be difficult for your child or if you have questions, please email me.


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Once blindfolded, lead your child by the hand while giving ‘preposition’ instructions appropriate to the age of the child.  You could use commands such as step over the rock, go to the left/right, go around the tree, go under the limb, etc.  Preschool children may need only ‘in, on, under’ instructions.

If this activity proves to be difficult for your child or if you have questions, please email me.

2020 Summer Series - Beverly Ray at SPA

Since COVID-19 has kept us at home, we are all ready to get our lives back to a new normal. You may be
completely out of ideas by now as to how to both entertain as well as stimulate learning with your kids. 
Last summer Speech Pathology Associates posted an 8-week summer language enrichment series and
we will be posting it again starting next week.  Don’t forget we will also repeat our drawing for $100
Amazon Gift Card for those who like/share/post.  Please post any questions each week that you might
have concerning communication and we will be happy to respond.  Since schools have been closed as
well as our clinic, we know that you probably have concerns and questions about what you could be doing. 
We look forward to addressing your questions and hearing your comments about the enrichment activities.
Have a great summer!