Prepositions are a key language concept needed for strong receptive and expressive language skills.
I created no-print (teletherapy-friendly) Christmas preposition practice activities for speech therapy. They are cute, fun, and functional.
To grab some free materials and learn about the important of prepositions, keep scrolling!
Quick Overview: Prepositions
For those who aren't aware, prepositions are words that tell location of a noun in relation to another noun.
My second-grade teacher taught me a little trick to decide if word is a preposition or not. Since 2nd grade was an absurdly long time ago for me, I can say with certainty it was a wonderful trick!
Trick: Pair a word with the phrase "the box." If it makes sense, it is a preposition.
- in the box
- over the box
- around the box
- under the box
Speech Therapy & Prepositions
A long time ago, I stopped differentiating between expressive and receptive language when writing goals. It really made little sense!
I no longer write, "a child will follow a 1-2 unit direction with 80% accuracy.... (blah blah)." Instead, I dive deep into WHY a child doesn't understand directions.
- Do they have trouble understanding vocabulary?
- Do they have trouble understanding prepositions?
- Do they have trouble understanding the grammar of the question?
- Do they have adequate attention to task?
Once I pinpoint the answer, I work on THAT skill.
Often, children have difficulty understanding and producing the needed prepositional phrase. Without fully grasping prepositions, following directions can be very difficult.
How To Use Christmas Prepositions
To practice prepositions with the materials I created here:
- First click on the link below.
- Once the file opens, click on "present" in the top right corner
- Ask the child to find the hidden object
- Have the child tell you where the object is located with the necessary prepositional phase
- Once the child answers the question, click the slide to "check the answer."
- Tip - To make it interactive, you can have the child "click" the object and it will "circle it" as it advances to the next slide.
- To keep practicing, click again to advance to the next slide
Christmas Prepositions Materials
Now on to the good stuff! For members, I have 4 presentations available:
- In VS On
- Over VS Under VS Next To
- In Front Of VS Behind
- Mixed Prepositions
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Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech-language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!
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