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There is something about Valentine's Day that just makes me smile. Maybe it's the colors or maybe it's because it's a holiday abut love. But either way, it's definitely a holiday that doesn't get ignored in or out of the speech room! For the last 2 weeks we have been using the book, Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
This is an adorable story about a little girl that catches hearts in a rain storm and turns them into special valentines cards for her friends. Bonus- This book is loaded with /r/ words! It was incredible practice for one of my older students to read this out loud. The kids love this book. It's a great way to kick off the holiday celebration. I don't know about you, but I like to celebrate Valentine's Day for a few weeks.
What's a holiday themed book without a holiday themed craft or two?!
I found these adorable foam hearts and stickers at Target's Dollar Spot. So after we read the story, I gave each student their own heart (that I caught for them in the rain storm!) to decorate for a special friend or family member. This activity allowed me to target speech and language goals as well as allow the kids to get creative. My articulation kids had to practice 3 targets for each sticker they placed on their heart. My younger kids practiced requesting, prepositions, and colors while decorating their hearts. This is also a great way to tie in following directions.
Like I said earlier, one week is just not enough with this adorable book. So we spread it out through two weeks. I also created an umbrella craftivity to go along with this story! Click on the picture below to download this freebie.