Understanding and demonstrating categorization is a key part of language development. Knowing how things ( words, items, etc ) can be grouped is essential to building vocabulary and daily living.
Over years of observation, I observed a trend. We often overlook the limited vocabulary that can come with categorization difficulties. While we focus on teaching how to find the commonalities between items, we can overlook the need to address the labels of a lot of the times in the group.
This resource helps you to address vocabulary related to commonly taught categories.
The process of categorizing takes seconds for a person without a language disorder since their brain is already set up to execute this task in the proper way. Our students need help to make this process become fluid.
WHY 'THE CATEGORY KIT '?
✏ Research Based. A study by LaTourette and Waxman 2018, showed that providing toddlers with just two labeled examples from a category was sufficient in initiating the process of object categorization and allowed them to add unlabeled items to their categories. This study part of the inspiration for this resource
✏ Easy to teach. A mix of images and real pictures are used to make this resource accessible for learners at every age. A variety of different tasks allows students to progress their knowledge from learning and items name to using it with a purpose.
✔ COVER PAGE: A cover page with real pictures representing the category as well as a child friendly description of the category.
✔ DOT PAGE: The page with 6 dots can act as a pretest/post-test for you to track progress for a given category.
✔ INTERACTIVE PAGES: There are two pages that have words assiciated to category for students to trace ( to help with fine motor and phonological awareness ) as well as a 'Connection Question' to help make the activity more meaningful.
✔ SEARCH PAGES: There are three 'Search' pages. These pages have a variety of images and the student must locate the items for the targeted category and then state what that item is in a sentence. *text sentence frame provided on page.
✔ SORTING PAGES: There are two pages for students to sort out images into the targeted category. A variety of category images and non-category images are provided so many different combinations can be made.
✔ LISTENING COMPREHENSION: There are 5 questions ( 1 page ) for the student to listen to and determine if the item mentioned is/is not part of the target category.
WHO IS IT FOR?
☞ This resource would best service students in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
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ABOUT THE SLP
✋Hi! I'm Maureen and it's awesome to meet you. I am an experienced and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist as well as a Certified Autism Specialist. Being a speaker at the American and Hearing Association Convention, as well as at various state conventions, over the years has been truly inspiring and helped to fuel my passion for supporting others.
✍I have been creating resources since 2012 to help other professionals support their students. I believe in creating thoughtful and thorough materials to help you shine; Innovative and supportive creations to help you love what you do!
⭐If you have any questions about this resource, or if you simply like to 'talk speech' with me, send me an email at email@example.com.