EXPLORE SPEECH & LANGUAGE AT....

KIDfest 

(formerly The Silver Spring Maker Faire)

        Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

Explore opportunities for curiosity, creativity and communication while creating masterpieces from recycled cardboard, making flying machines, and building robots.

LISTENING

TALKING

EXPLORE: Sequencing Steps: "First, Next, Then, Last"

ENRICH: Language Organization and Narrative Ability

ENGAGE: Tell the order of activities s/he did in order of attendence.

 

PARENT PROMPT:

  • While making a creation, or after finishing a project, ask your child, "What is/was the first step we take/took?" or "What activities did we do today, starting with the first one?"

  • Go over the project using time-related (temporal) terms: First, Next, Then, Last. You can start them off with a carrier phrase, i.e. "FIRST we ripped up the carboard pieces, NEXT we attached the makedos...THEN....

EXPLORE: /r/ Sound

ENRICH: Articulation of Individual Sounds for Clear Communication

ENGAGE: Practice R words with /r/ at the end and beginning of word.

 

PARENT PROMPT:

  • For final /r/ words, encourage your child to pronounce "MakeR FaiRe" with his/her best speech sound.

  • Have your child find 10 items that begin with /r/ at the Faire, i.e. "Robot."

 

BONUS Parent Tip: Explore ways to help your child elicit the /r/ sound by using some methods here.

h Sounds

EXPLORE: Understanding "WH" Questions

ENRICH: Comprehension of Various Grammatical Forms

ENGAGE: Listen to specific questions starting with “WHERE,” "WHAT," and "WHICH" question words. Answer with a one word answer or by pointing or gesturing.

 

PARENT PROMPT:

  • Ask your children relevant “WH” questions based on location of a station in the hall/plaza, or about a project being worked on, e.g. "Which object is the heaviest/lightest in the wind tub?" or "What color wire did you use to make the robot come alive?"

WORD PLAY

SOCIAL LANGUAGE SKILLS

EXPLORE: Greetings
ENRICH: Interaction Skills when First Meeting a New Person

ENGAGE: Practice greeting the volunteer/worker running a booth.

 

PARENT PROMPT: 

  • Review with your child that a greeting makes the other person feel good, and more inclined to interact with/help you.

  • Have your child think of 3 different ways to greet a new person at the faire e.g. "Hi," "How's it going?" and "Hello," and use different ones at each booth.

 

BONUS Parent Tip: Explore more about ways to help your child with greetings here.

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