Need a quick and easy craft idea for a busy time of year?  This cute sun craft will help you target multiple speech and language goals with very little prep involved!

First, you will need construction paper.  I chose yellow and orange for the sun, and blue for the background.  I went ahead and punched out a few circles ahead of time with my 3" circle punch, but you could also have your students do this.

As I was introducing the craft in therapy, I had my students help me cut some yellow and orange strips in different lengths for the "sunbeams."  This provided a great opportunity to talk about basic concepts such as long, short, skinny, thin, and thick.

What different goals can you target with this easy craft activity?

  • Following directions - You can easily work this in as you are creating the sun craft!  Talk about what they need to do first, next, last, or what needs to go on the top, middle, or bottom of the page.
  • Basic concepts - While you are cutting out the construction paper shapes needed for the craft, you can have the students find the longest or thickest pieces.
  • Categories - Write the category name on the center circle, then brainstorm different items that fit the category to write on the sunbeams.
  • Synonyms & Antonyms - Have your students come up with synonym or antonym pairs to write on the different sunbeams.
  • Articulation/phonology - Brainstorm words or sentences with the student's target sound, write them on the sunbeams, then have the students practice saying each one a certain amount of times.  This is also great to send home, so parents can see what you are working on in therapy! (Bonus tip: Write the speech sound cues you are using on the back of the page, so the parents know how to discuss it with their students.)
  • Describing - I had my students use the Expanding Expression Tool to describe the sun, and we wrote the different attributes on different sunbeams.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  I don't know about you, but I always make a point of observing BHSM at my school.  Yes, it takes some time and effort on my part, and I know that not everyone on staff will pay attention, but I firmly believe that anything I can do to help spread awareness of the profession is worth it.

To help spread awareness, I created this BHSM freebie (which you can find here in my TpT store) that I share with my staff throughout the month of May.  My goal is to share one or two of these items a week, so it lasts the whole month, but you could certainly choose one week to share everything.

First, I print out a few of the posters and place them in the teachers' lounge.  I also send out an email, letting staff know that the month of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and that there will be some small surprises to look out for over the next month.  I also let them know that there will be a special contest at the end, so they will definitely want to hang on to all the information if they want to win!

Then, I print the introduction letter and the "What Does an SLP Do Anyway?" handout front to back on a bright sheet of paper.  This goes in all staff mailboxes.

Over the next few weeks, I share the classroom communication tips handout, hearing protection handout with individually wrapped disposable earplugs (such as these from Amazon), water bottles and tags, and (new for 2017!) highlighters with tags.

At the end of the month, I share the BHSM quiz, letting teachers know that there is a special prize awarded to one random person who completes it.  (Let's face it, a little reward can go a long way! :))  Last year, I let the teachers know that I had a $10 gift card to give away, and that proved very motivating!

I deliberately chose questions that were answered on the different handouts, and I also made a point of including a question about what the letters "SLP" mean.  (I don't mind when my students call me "speech teacher," but I sure would like the adults to know my actual title!)

Tell me, how do you celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month?

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