Review: SLP Now for Preschool SLPs

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My caseload is made up of about 50% preschoolers. This means, at any given time, I am planning speech and language activities for 30 three-to-four-year-olds. It can be a little overwhelming! Preschool requires a very different style of activities than my older students.

As you already know, I am an SLP NOW subscriber. I use materials from the site with almost every single student on my caseload, preschool included. I'm here to tell you my favorite ways to use the SLP NOW membership with my preschoolers.

I often use books with my preschool students. SLP NOW has tons of preschool-appropriate book suggestions, along with book guides and activity suggestions. Let's say you're using themed therapy and your current theme is bugs. SLP NOW has a book guide and activity pack for In the Tall, Tall Grass. Typically I spend one session just reading the book and talking about it with my students. We look at the pictures together, talk about the vocabulary, make our own sentences (I see the ___ in the grass), and describe the characters. Oftentimes, I will even have the students take turns retelling the book by flipping through the pages and looking at the pictures (I love hearing their storytelling abilities and they love getting to "read" the book back to their peers). During the next session, I will bring out the comprehension activities in the book guide. Answer wh- questions, sequence the story, and do a craft (as time allows). Sometimes I carry the craft over into a 3rd session. Speaking of crafts...

In my opinion, the best preschool therapy is hands-on. One easy way to make therapy hands-on is to use crafts. The crafts on the website are themed to match the books and other activities, so you can build your therapy around a topic. For example, let's continue with the bugs theme. You can use In the Tall, Tall Grass craft alone or in conjunction with the book activities. If you read the book first, you can carry over the craft into the next session and send the finished product home as extra practice. The students can keep their hands busy while working on sequencing, vocabulary, articulation, and more! This makes the session more engaging for everyone!

Finally, I tend to also use the extension activities with my preschool students. These activities are also hands-on and are a good way to continue building upon your theme. Continuing with the bug theme, there is an extension activity for a scavenger hunt. Depending on your preferences, you can either go on an actual bug hunt outside, hide printed bugs around the room, or hide plastic bugs in a sensory bin. The extension activities are what I use for carryover. Students can use what they learned during previous lessons during a less structured activity, and we all know how important carryover is!

In summary, there are tons of ways to use the SLP NOW materials with your preschool students. You can use the themes as a whole, or use bits and pieces of each theme, depending on your students and their needs. Either way, there's plenty of activities that both you AND your preschool students will love!

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Find more of my favorite preschool activities by checking out my Preschool Favorites Amazon List (affiliate).

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