By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
My name is Suzy and I’m a speech-language pathologist and new advisor to the Cape Cod Mommies! I am also the mom to a happy, active and spunky 3-year old girl. In my blog posts I hope to share my knowledge about speech and language paired with my experience as a parent. I will touch on topics like speech and language development, activity ideas and tips/tricks. If you have any questions specific to speech and language or if you have a topic you would like me to blog about, please feel free to e-mail me! firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s post will touch on two of my favorite topics – summertime and speech/language!
It is summertime and everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather, playing outside and trying to find ways to stay cool! But, it’d still important to think about speech and language skills during the summer. Whether you are off to the beach or playing in the yard there are many easy ways to build in speech and language activities into the day.
The beach is a great place to explore, learn and play. While you are there, try some of these speech and language activities:
~ Give/follow directions while playing “Simon Says” in the water
~ Take a walk along the beach and talk about the shells & sea-life you find
~ Pick up some of the things you find on your walk and use your describing words to talk about them (wet/dry, rough/smooth, hard/soft, color words, etc..)
~ Jump into some imaginary play while building sand castles
~ Grab a stick and practice writing letters/words in the sand
~ Have a beach scavenger hunt for objects containing your child’s target speech sounds (ex: find all of the things at the beach that start with “k”)
~ Bring your summer reading books and relax on a towel while reading
~Work on pragmatic/social language while making new friends at the beach
When you are hanging out in the yard there are still plenty of ways to work on speech and language skills:
~ Count all of the different color flowers you can find
~Watch the clouds and point out ones that are shaped like
things you know
~Collect rocks, sticks and leaves from the yard and glue
them on paper to create a collage
~ Break out the sidewalk chalk and draw/write
~ Set up a lemonade stand to work on social skills and
However you decide to stay cool this summer, I hope you
find some cool ways to work on speech and language skills too!
Please join me in welcoming our newest sponsor:
Cape Cod Academy!
Cape Cod Academy began in 1976 and offers a college preparatory curriculum for students in Pre-K thru 12th grade on a 46 acres campus. The mission statement really says it all because it is the type of educational mission we all want for our children:
"The pursuit of academic excellence and development of life skills in a safe, values-centered community."
All graduates are accepted to college with the majority attending highly competitive colleges. They boast a low student to teacher ratio of 7:1 with a class size of fifteen!
Cape Cod Academy is also a Member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and a Member of Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). They are accredited by New England
Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Cape Cod Academy also runs the Seahawk Summer Camp And it isn't to late to register! Their goal is to create the best possible camp environment in which children can thrive. They believe camp is a place where children have the opportunity to try new activities, take on new challenges, increase their self esteem and grow in a safe, nurturing, fun environment. They accomplish this through a dynamic and creative program organized by their warm and caring professional staff.
This staff is what makes Seahawk truly unique. All staff members are carefully selected and trained as they set a very high standard for staff involvement with the campers. One of the most important aspects of each child’s summer is the special relationship that will blossom with his/her counselors.
We welcome you to take a look through our information and enroll today. If you have any further questions after learning more about us, please contact Director Jenn Peterson in the Seahawk Summer Camp office at Cape Cod Academy at 508-428-5400.
*** This is part of an ongoing series regarding a group of Cape Cod Mommies Bloggers who experienced SUP. There are still more to come or you can read more here: Paddle Boarding!
I was so excited to try Stand Up Paddle boarding. I had my life jacket packed and I was ready to go. We listened eagerly to the ~to do~ and ~don't do's~ including "not-to-face-plant" on the front of the board. Noted!
And we were off! Kneeling I was cruising; forward, turning, stopping - what!?! Now I'm supposed to actually Stand Up!?! My knees and legs were rockin' and rolling and shaking like mad but then a friend cruised by and splashed me. "Oh I'll get you!" I thought as I lowered my paddle down to swat some water in her direction and sent myself sailing top-lip first into the front edge of my board - Yeouch! Not recommended.
So begins the process of getting back on the board in the middle of the water. Rescued not once (failed attempt at splashing a friend), not twice (blasted horsefly!) but three times (had swapped boards with our guide to see if it would help - which it did once I figured out how slippery the new board was).
After I finally got my bearings - paddling kneeling again for a bit - I gave it another whirl standing and made it back successfully. I learned to "feel" my balance rather than "seeing" that I was standing evenly and learning how to gingerly stretch my maxed out toes to keep from totally cramping up. So expect to learn something about your fitness, your balance, your adaptability and your resilience. Happy paddling!
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We appreciate Gary's blogs and advice in regards to saving for our children, best filing status and how to prepare for the future!
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Lydia Leclair grew up with a love for all art, especially photography. Her first Black & White Photography course was in high school, and she also attended the Santa Fe Workshops for a summer- she has been photographing anything and everything ever since. Travel and environmental photography were her first loves and she got to explore those passions while traveling to London, Costa Rica, Antarctica, Tanzania, and China. Now, photographing families & couples is Lydia's specialty, and she loves to capture the essence of happiness and love, as well as individual personalities in her photographs. Lydia has had her photographs shown at an art exhibition in Northampton, MA, at Whole Foods in Colorado Springs, CO, and at a coffee shop in Colorado Springs. Additionally, she is a contributing photographer for the ErgoBaby® website and blog. Lydia lives in Harwich with her husband Justin, who is training for the Olympics in Modern Pentathlon, her daughter Io, who will be two at the end of August, and her two Chihuahuas, Pup-Pup and Miguel. Besides photography, Lydia enjoys running, yoga, reading, and traveling.
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Lydia Leclair is hosting a GIVEAWAY
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One winner will receive:
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By: Joan Walsh
Reading with children is great fun when using cumulative picture books that build story plot through a repetitive pattern, by repeating text from one page to the next, until the climax of the story. This story structure helps children recognize words at a young age, because they hear the same sounds many times within one story. Some stories rhyme and repeat while others simply repeat and build.
Children delight in completing words from repeated phrases, and the text oftentimes has a sing-song quality. Little ones think they are reading like adults when there’s silence mid sentence and they jump in and insert the next few words of the story. Examples of this structure include: There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, The House that Jack Built, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Light Up the Moon,
The House that Jack Built, There was an Old Monster, and The Mouse Jack Built.
The writer should keep the text simple, so readers remain motivated to build the story. Some authors accomplish this in a second manner by eliminating the listing technique in the middle of the story. The
Jacket I Wear In the Snow. Enjoy reading with your child as often as possible.
Do you know who Edward Gorey is? Have you ever been to his house in Yarmouth Port? If not, then this is a MUST see on Cape Cod. The summer is the perfect time to explore this important part of Cape Cod history! They have 3 outstanding upcoming events this summer that we wanted to share with all you Cape Cod Moms! Read more below!
The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In honor of his legacy, The House, owned and lived in by Gorey himself, displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality. The
House also honors Gorey's passion and concern for animals, raising awareness about local and national animal welfare issues. As a dedicated commemoration to Gorey, the House strives to educate and inspire its visitors, offering a unique introduction to Edward Gorey, the artist and person.
Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times, and in books by some of the greatest authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide and many others. His well known animated credits for the PBS Mystery series have introduced him to millions of television viewers. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
You can RSVP or get more info by clicking on the event name below.
For more info on
Edward Gorey House:
8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts 02675
5th Annual Fantastagorey - A Children's Day Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2013
A special one day children's event featuring fun Goreyesque activities for children all afternoon. We will have a number of things to enlighten and entertain kids including face painting, monster making, tarot reading and story time with a live reader who worked with Edward Gorey as an actor and can speak first hand about him.
Director and Curator, Rick Jones, who was a personal friend of Edward's will be on hand all afternoon to
answer any questions and share insights about Edward and the House where ever he can.
The Vinegar Works envelope art contest entry winners will be announced at 3:00pm. Winners need not be present to qualify but all entries must be in hand by July 31 at the close of the day.
Free refreshments will be served all afternoon and admission to the house for all ages is complimentary
The event is sponsored once again this year with generous support by the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Foundation
Free Fun Friday - Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation
Friday, August 16, 2013
The Edward Gorey House is participating in the 5th annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. On Friday, August 16th, 2013, they will open their
doors at no cost to visitors all day long. Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Each Friday this summer, there will be six venues open for free. The program begins Friday, June
28th and runs through Friday, August 30th. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit: www.highlandstreet.org.
All Around the Common
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Yarmouth New Church, Winslow Crocker House, and the Edward Gorey House will be welcoming visitors free of charge from 1:00-4:00 PM.
Join Amy, one of the CAPE COD MEMORY MAKER twins, as she shares fun places for kids to visit in Sandwich. Each book provides pages for kids to write, draw, and scrapbook their memories of:
Green Briar Jam Kitchen and Nature Center
Sandwich Boardwalk at Town Neck Beach
Cape Cod Canal
Heritage Museum & Gardens Giant Treehouse and Carousel
Ghost Walk in Old Town Cemetery
Cape Cod Central Railroad
This interactive picture book journal by Joan Walsh and Anne Barber can be found in the children’s section of Titcomb’s Bookshop. Enjoy!
Cape Cod Moms