Long, long ago (read: 2000) in a land far, far away (read: New England) my husband and I were on a downtown adventure to the new Border's bookstore (read: now out of business) when we saw a large crowd. We shoved our way through the people to see what the hullabaloo was.
It turns out that a children's author/illustrator was in the store signing books. I only recognized one of his books, so I grabbed it and stood in line. One person after me the line was stopped (she had to hold a sign saying, "I am the end of the line."!!) and we waited for our signature.
Little did I know that the author, Chris Van Allsburg, would become one of my favorite authors of all time! The book that I had signed, Polar Express, became a favorite of my future children. I now quite a few of his amazing books and use The Stranger every fall for speech therapy activities with my older students.
Around the time that my son turned two, he became obsessed with trains. Obsessed. It was all about Thomas, Toby, Duncan, etc. We bought him a train table and shelled out obnoxious amounts of money on those wooden trains. And, I admit, I loved it. I loved his adorable chubby face yelling "Choo choo!!!!!" and he zoomed the little blue wooden train around the tracks.
|The Flash's 2 year old bday invite|
Alas, my son no longer plays with his trains. But I just couldn't get rid of them. They are (no joke) the only toy(s) that I have kept from toddler days. Maybe one day I can pass them onto his children. And I hope they adore them...because they will be the only toys I will have saved for all those years!
To bring back the memories of the train-days, I created a bunch of Speech/Language Activities that can be used with elementary-aged students. Why use Literature in Speech therapy? Check out my post here.
The regular and irregular plurals are inspired by the book and free. Just click on "download preview" from my TpT site for the set!
If you love it and want a huge download of activities to use for Speech/Language therapy, consider buying the entire set:
Let me walk you through this unit:
Get the entire Speech/Language unit here.
Enjoy! And always believe!
(Which is quite hypocritical for me to say since we decided to tell our kids from day one that Santa was a fun myth but not to spoil other kids' fun.)
Check out other Speech/Language holiday-themed activities that I have created (click on the pictures to go the blog posts):