So happy to hear how much Rock Talk Speech Talk loved Teddy Talker! Kari is a speech-language pathologist working with preschool students and you can check out Rock Chalk Speech Talk for her recent review!
A great strategy from our SLP colleague at Rock Chalk Speech Talk!
Are you working on phonemic sequencing? No problem for Teddy! You can simply put Teddy's images from the Mouth Position Cards with Reinforcement Rhymes™ in
sequence from left to right. This way, the child can not only LISTEN to the sequence but also SEE the sequence as well.
TEDDY TIPS: By having the child slide his/her finger picture to picture or tap each mouth from left to right , you can include TOUCH. By having the child put the cards in order as he/she says them, you can include MOVEMENT. What a great way to build a multisensory bridge to phonemic awareness!
Did you know that there is a dry erase version which allows the child to also trace the letters or highlight mouth positions? There is also a digital version that allows you to print copies of each Teddy image for your own use.
Can you guess what the sequence above shows? (The green bowtie means his voice is on for each sound, the honey on his nose at the end shows a nasal phoneme.) Here comes the sounds... B-OO-M!
Teddy can help children produce and then order sounds, and have fun at the same time!
This brilliant idea comes from a very talented colleague of mine. Jan Tomanio, a Special Education Preschool Teacher, decided that she wanted a colorful version of Teddy from the Teach Together Toolkit™ for her classroom.
So, she copied Teddy on large construction paper in layers by using a dark brown background, with lighter brown mouth and ears, white eyes, and of course, the red bowtie! She then cut the features out, pasted them on the brown background and laminated it -- making her very own version of Teddy!
You can use this quick & easy method too -- it's a great way to make a lightweight and colorful bear to go along with your Toolkit. Thank you, Jan, for sharing this wonderful Teddy Talker™ Tip!
As educators, we are always learning! One of the most exciting Teddy ideas
came from the parent of one of my students. She decided that her son
enjoyed playing with Teddy so much, she would make magnets out of
the Mouth Position Pieces from the Teddy Talker Teach Together Toolkit!™
All you need to do is copy and laminate the pieces, and put a small magnetic strip on the back. The Toolkit tells you the piece numbers for each sound, so you know which ones to use.
You can make a great "refrigerator" game for home practice ("Guess what sound this is..." "What letter makes this sound?" "What does your mouth do to make
this sound? etc.) or a fun activity within the therapy or class setting. Children can
take turns trying to find Mouth Position Pieces that match letters or put up the articulators on the magnetic board so their friends can guess. There's so many possibilities!
For a detailed review of how several Teddy Talker™ multisensory components work together, we thank Nanette at Speech2me! She shares how she is using Teddy to
meet the needs of her young clients and how her data drives instruction.
Nanette describes how she incorporates
the Teach Teach Together Toolkit™, B.E.A.A.R.R. Track Game™ and
Teddy Talker™ Alphabet Chart™ in her practice.
To read the review on the Speech2me
blog, click here.
You can enter to win your own
Teddy Talker™ Teach Together
Toolkit™ on Nanette's blog! There's
still time for the product giveaway!
About Our Bear
Teddy Talker™ is the innovative, kid-powered multisensory tool for articulation and early literacy. Children ”teach” our bear with manipulatives for letters and sounds in school and at home! Teddy helps us hear, see, feel and build sounds!