When I am in a themed therapy planning rut, I try to think about using themes related to the year’s seasons. Or find themes that your student’s classroom teachers are using in the curriculum. But, if you can’t perfectly align your theme with all the classrooms on campus, try to come up with activities around a theme your students may experience out in the community or at home.
When you think about what is relevant to your students’ daily lives, you will discover many themed therapy options! Today, I will share five spring theme speech therapy ideas you can use across your elementary caseload.
If you are wondering how to use a theme for Prek-6th grade, check out this blog post with my three tips!
Spring Season is a Great Theme to Use in April
One of the most versatile themes for spring is spring weather! You can theme smash talking about clothes and temperature with this unit. And, there is a lot of great vocabulary to target with spring weather. You can describe spring vocabulary, name clothes to wear in spring, activities, and work on basic concepts with spring items such as an umbrella, rain boots, hat, sun, and clouds.
If you need some tips for teaching spring-themed vocabulary, check out this blog post with evidence-based practices that you can easily incorporate into your sessions.
In need of spring-themed activities for your elementary caseload? Check out the digital and printable spring activities in my TPT store. They will save ya lots of time and increase engagement.
Spring Materials to Save You Time Without Sacrificing Student Engagement
If you need activities ready to go for spring without the stress of making them your own, check out these spring resources for your caseload.
Bugs and Flowers are the Ultimate Spring Themes for Speech Therapy
The best themes to choose are those that you can do with younger and older students. Flowers and bugs can do just that! You can easily find ways to adapt a flower and bug theme to fit the needs of your preschool students and your upper elementary students. Check out this blog post about the flower life cycle to see examples of how you can cover LOTS of goals across your caseload.
For early elementary, making a flower garden sensory bin can be a great way to help students make connections with the flower books you use. You can read more about spring sensory bins HERE.
Bugs are undoubtedly fascinating living creatures for kids. Between learning the life cycles of insects, exploring their body parts, and understanding how some bugs help pollinate our plants, it can be a very engaging unit that lasts longer than two weeks!
Check out this blog post HERE for some ideas and activities discussing honeybees.
Earth Day Happens During the Spring Season
We celebrate Earth Day in April, and it is a great theme to use to discuss our climate and how we can help protect the Earth. This theme is easy to help students make personal connections into their own life and take action for how they can help keep the Earth cleaner. For some YouTube videos on Earth Day, check out these channels. If you need some non-fiction passages, check out these on Wonderopolis. What activities do you plan for Earth Day? Let me know in the comments.
Baby Animals on the Farm
You may have done a farm theme in the fall season talking about harvest, but now you can do it in the spring to talk about all the baby farm animals being born! Add these farm babies figurines to your farm toys and materials! Check out this farm blog post to get ideas for your farm unit.
What farm books do you love that tie in baby animals in the book? Share in the comments.
Any time I can incorporate more play and hands-on activities into my sessions, my students light up and participate so much more. Check out this blog post with play-based activities you can use with a spring theme HERE.