Wednesday, April 29, 2009


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What's happening in my classroom?

Just as a reminder, my day job is in a preschool classroom for children who have delays in speech and language skills.
Part of my job is to work on building my students' vocabulary skills. I do this through teaching new words in categories--this way, the kids can take the new words and put them in their "filing cabinet" under the right category. They continue to build on the vocabulary they know with words in the same category.
Another part of my job is to teach basic concepts that preschoolers should know, including colors, numbers, letters, etc.

So, what's a cool way to teach both these concepts within a vocabulary theme?:

Colors on the Farm

This month, we are working on FARM vocabulary, so, why not use the farm to teach COLORS?

"Colors on the Farm" is a Lift and Learn Book, making it interactive learning. Each part of this sturdy book has the name of the color written on the same colored page (yay for teaching literacy skills!!) with shapes (oooh...sneaky way to teach shapes, too!) surrounding the color on the opposite page. As you read with your child, the book gives you great questions to ask your child to encourage thinking skills and to help them answer questions. Then--they get to open the flap and see all the items of that color on the farm. And there are even more questions to help you talk about the book with them!

Can you think of some yellow things you would find on a farm?!? :)

So, remember, "Colors on the Farm" is a sturdy interactive book to teach farm vocabulary and colors!! And, it's available here!

And!!!...if you like Colors on the Farm, you'll also love Counting with Animals! (we're learning about Jungle/Zoo animals next month!).

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

What a great weekend!

Yesterday, I worked the Discovery Toys booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. It was so much fun! I met a lot of great people and was able to show off some amazing toys. It was fun to talk with other people about Discovery Toys products.

Then, today I had my first in home demonstration. It was a small but fun show!! It helped me remember why I wanted to join Discovery Toys. I hope more people want to have shows really soon because it really was a lot of fun :) Thanks to the lovely ladies who attended and to Lorraine for being a fabulous and generous hostess. (By the way, she got some Think it Through products for FREE!).

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Sunday, April 19, 2009


See this picture here?
It has 3 of my favorite things...Pearl Jam, HAMMER AWAY! from Discovery Toys, and my beautiful daughter, Rachel!!

As much as I love some good music and my little girl, this blog is about the HAMMER AWAY!
HAMMER AWAY! is a cause and effect toy perfect for little ones from age 18 months and up. It develops motor skills and hand-eye coordination as your little one either pushes or hits balls with a hammer through the boat. It also teaches object permanence (the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, or touched) as the balls disappear and then reappear! HAMMER AWAY! also teaches colors and you can work on developing your child's cognitive skills through color matching.
But, how can you use HAMMER AWAY! to enhance language skills?
~~Give your child the boat, but hold on to the balls---they have to request the balls before they can have it ("I want ball" or "I want red").
~~As your child pushes or hits the balls, model for them "through!" to teach this preposition. After a while, ask them "where is the ball going?" and wait for them to say "through!"
~~Teach the concept of "more" by having them request "more" balls or have them let you know they want to do it again.
~~With older children, use HAMMER AWAY! to work on story re-tell. After they tell each part of the story (like the characters, setting, problem or resolution), they get to hit a ball down!

HAMMER AWAY! is available for your child here for $28.00!

Don't forget to contact me with questions about HAMMER AWAY! , if you want to host a party or if you are interested in playing with toys for some extra money!!

Welcome to my Blog!

I have just started my business as an Educational Consultant with DISCOVERY TOYS!

I am very excited about it! I love toys and am always drawn to toy stores. When I saw the Discovery Toys booth at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, I thought that I should have my own toy store!!

I use toys with my speech and language students, both as ways to enhance their speech and language skills and as reinforcement for their hard work. I am also always looking for fun toys to play with with my daughter.

Play is the work of children! Discovery Toys products are specifically designed to enhance your child's overall development--satisfaction guaranteed!! Ask me about it.

This blog is going to be used to help you select the right toy for your child to encourage speech and language development.

Come play with me!!