Not those highlights!!
I’m talking about those magazines!
In a previous post, we talked about using Highlights® Magazine in speech therapy. That post focused more on the use of Highlights® High Five™ for ages 2-6. Now that we have aged up in our house, we are accumulating copies of the next level for ages 6-12. So additional discussion seemed in order as summer passes quickly and we are all thinking up creative ideas for the upcoming school year.
The fun starts right inside the front cover with “Fun This Month”…
A “Mystery Photo” lends itself to descriptive terms and distinctive features of common objects (e.g., baseball, banana)
Use the “Tongue Twister” for articulation practice, or extra fun!
Follow some instructions and complete a craft
Work on paying attention to detail, identifying pictures or describing as you “Find the Pictures” within the magazine.
Target additional skills such as matching or finding hidden objects
Discuss “ways to” do various things such as “4 ways to celebrate trees” (April, 2017) or “5 ways to cheer up a friend” (August, 2017). Students can even work on additional skills while writing a poem about their favorite tree or writing a letter about why a friend is special.
Whew! That page may last half the month!
Maybe we should dive into the rest of the magazine…
Each issue has a short poem (sometimes rhyming, sometimes not) which includes great descriptive language and pictures to match. Address vocabulary skills and comprehension with these little gems!
Need conversation starters for those social skill groups? “Brain Play” has some great ones.
Working on listening and reading comprehension skills? Every issue has both fiction short stories and informational text to get the job done!
“My Sci” shows up each month with a scientific topic sure to intrigue a student or two…
“Goofus and Gallant” allows for great discussion of the Social Thinking ® concepts of Expected and Unexpected Behaviors.
Each issue contains new scenarios, including pictures. Maybe you can have a Goofus and Gallant poster in your speech room and add to it each month.
The Timbertoes are back with a comic strip for the older age group too. Sequence, retell, ask and answer questions…
What crafts or games can you make with groups this month? Maybe a “Binder Clip Butterfly” (April, 2017) or “Into the Hive” game (August, 2017).
“Paws and Think” allows for extra reasoning/critical thinking practice with higher level questions and picture clues.
“What’s Different”, using clues to solve puzzles, “Hidden Pictures”, jokes and riddles…
Have we reached the end yet?
Don’t overlook the inside of the back cover…for “Picture Puzzler”…find missing items or matching pairs.
And on the very back? “What’s wrong?” pictures are always amazing. Get those kids expressing themselves as they talk about the silly things; even reinforce the Social Thinking ® concepts of Expected and Unexpected Behaviors.
And that’s the end! I can’t wait to create month-long lessons for my new students this school year. I’m all about using one resource to target multiple goals and these magazines will certainly do the trick!
What one-resource activities do you like to use in therapy?
Make sure you follow our TpT store as we continue adding plans and resources to target multiple goals at one time!