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Office hours are on Mondays from 11:00-12:00 and Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00.  These times are available for video conferences.  Video conferences can be used to clarify information, provide strategies and to talk about your student and their specific speech goals for a few minutes.  To set up a video conference please email 24 hours in advance so the conference call can be set up and a link will be provided to you with the information for the session.  Within the email request please identify who you and your student are so that materials can be prepared.  

Mrs. Kovalich will be out on maternity leave at the end of the school year.  Mrs. Byun (byunje@pwcs.edu), another SLP in Prince William County, will be available to help with any questions or concerns you might have during the office hours listed above.  Another SLP in the county that is helping out at Potomac View while Mrs. Kovalich is out on leave is Ms. Ford (Fordt@pwcs.edu).  Please feel free to email them if you have any questions.  


Hello students and parents!
I have missed seeing all of you! During this time apart I want to provide some general information for practicing speech skills at home.  If you (or your student) receives speech therapy with me please feel free to email (Kovaliab@pwcs.edu) with any specific questions or concerns you have at this time. 

Here are a few speech therapy resources that you can use while you are at home! 

Articulation Activities for Home

Early Language Activities for Home

Later Language Activities for Home

Fluency Tips for Speaking with a Child Who Stutters

These articulation and language resources are being provided by Erin Larsen, M.S., CCC-SLP from www.speechtea.com and the fluency tips are provided by The Stuttering Foundation.  

As you do speech activities and want to share, please email or send pictures to me! I would love to see your smiling faces! We will all get through this tough time with support from each other.  I miss you all and can’t wait to hear from you! 

Mrs. Kovalich
Kovaliab@pwcs.edu


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4/3/2020

Hello! 

Here is a wonderful resource that was created by one of the amazing Speech Language Pathologists within Prince William County.  I hope this is helpful for expanding some ideas for each of the areas of speech and language therapy! 

Speech and Language resources for families.pdf

Have a wonderful Spring Break and I can't wait to talk to you soon! 

Mrs. Kovalich 

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4/20/20-4/24/20

This week’s speech practice!

This week we are talking about competition! And what better way to complete than play rock paper scissors?  

First, let’s read the book “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” written by Drew Daywalt: Here is a link to watch Mr. Daywalt read his book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyxcpMhUM7M.  He also answers some questions about himself at the end of the video.

Here are  some activities that go along with our book this week.  They are broken down into goal areas so that you can work on your speech skills using this book. 

Language: Retell “the Legend of Rock Paper Scissors”- grab anyone around and tell them about the story! You can tell your mom, dad, brother, sister, grandmother or even goldfish! Practice telling your story in order from the beginning to the end.  Don’t forget, if you want to try and remember all the parts you can make your own story map and write or draw the key parts of the story.  If the whole story is a little too hard try watching a few pages of the story then pausing the video and retelling a little bit at a time. 

Articulation: When you are listening to the story pick out your speech sound in the words the author is reading.  Pause the video and write down (or have someone help you write) 10 words that have your speech sound! At the end of the story you can practice the words using your best speech skills!

Fluency: Use your strategy of easy onset to practice one line from each of the characters Rock, Paper, and Scissors.  When you are practicing the line make sure you- 1. Breath in ( Go up the hill with your finger) – 2. start to breath out a little (get to the top of the hill and begin down the other side) then start speaking (when you are starting back down the hill). 

Extension activity! Add a little competition to your day and play the game rock paper scissors for the rest of the day.  Explain the game of rock paper scissors to your family.  Once you all know how to play, you can compete using rock paper scissors to decide just about anything like who gets to pick what to have for snack, what show to watch, and who gets to be served dinner first!  

If you have any questions for me OR you want to show off your rock paper scissors skills you can email me at kovaliab@pwcs.edu

Good luck and may the best competitor win! 

Mrs. Kovalich

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4/27/20-5/1/20


This week’s speech practice!

Community Helpers!

Community helpers is a theme that we have covered before in speech therapy. During the last few months community helpers have been even more important than ever! I thought it would be a great time to review community helpers and think about how important and helpful they are for our communities right now. 

 

Preschool through 2nd Grade students:
Here is a read-aloud of a story we have read before.  “Clothesline Clues for Jobs People Do”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGDTFMhseKc

Articulation: Listen to the read aloud and pick out your speech sounds.  You can also practice saying your words in phrases and sentences.

Language:

Expressive Language: Stop the video on each clothesline page and make a prediction about what job the person does.  What makes you think that is the persons job?  Once you see the person you can talk about all the items or tools the person needs for their job- label the pictures or describe what they are used for. 

Receptive Language: Practice following directions by asking your student to point to objects based on their location.  For example “point to the chicken ON TOP of the truck” or “show me the window then the door”

Fluency: Practice using your fluency enhancing technique to describe the people and pictures in the story. 

 

3rd Grade to 5th Grade Students: 
Attached to the Email I sent out to the parents is a reading passage about doctors.  This reading passage gives a variety of questions to work on after reading the passage.  This passage can help us work on all of our speech goals:

Articulation: Circle 10 words within the passage that have your speech sound.  Now practice these 10 words in words and then in sentences you make up.

Language: Practice answering the “wh” questions, inferential questions, and reviewing the new vocabulary.  Be sure to use your strategies of going back into the passage to check your answers.

Fluency: Practice answering the “wh” questions, inferential questions, and reviewing the new vocabulary.  Once you have written down you answers, use these sentences to practice your fluency enhancing strategies.

 

Extension Activity:

Talk about the other community helpers within the community and what they do.  I have added a list of some community helpers to get you started! Let me know if you think of any more community helpers in our community that are doing a great job of keeping us safe and healthy during this time home from school.

  • Construction workers
  • Librarian
  • Teacher
  • Custodian
  • Sanitation worker (garbage truck)
  • Veterinarian
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Mail Carrier/Postal Worker
  • Fire Fighter
  • Doctor
  • Farmer

Let me know what other community helpers you come up with by emailing me at Kovaliab@pwcs.edu

Mrs. Kovalich 

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5/4/2020-5/8/2020

This week’s theme is: May flowers (and plants!)

 

I hope everyone has been able to get outside during this time away from school.  I have really been enjoying watching the seasons change from the end of Winter to full on Spring! I have been looking around on my walks and seen so many flowers and plants begin to grow. 

 

Preschool to 2nd Grade: Here is a nature scavenger hunt!

Use the scavenger hunt on your next walk outside to use with your speech goals! Can you find all of the items on the list?

Here are some ideas of how to use your speech goals with the Scavenger hunt:

Articulation: Use the scavenger hunt to find things outside that have your speech sounds in them! See how many things you can find with one speech sound.  For example, if you are looking for the /f/ sound you could list a fox, fern, forest etc.  

 

Language: When you find the items on the scavenger hunt describe them! You can use descriptions like category, function, appearance, texture, parts and location. 

 

Fluency: Work on using your fluency strategies like easy onset when saying complete sentences about the scavenger hunt.

 

3rd Grade to 5th Grade Students:  Here is a link to the Read Works article “Miss Johnson’s Plant Experiment.”  And attached to the parent email are Home Practice worksheets that go with the article.  You can use these worksheets with your articulation, language or fluency goals.  OR if you would rather participate in the scavenger hunt above please do that! Whatever gets you practicing and using your speech goals sounds great to me!

 

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

 

Mrs. Kovalich

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5/11/20-5/15/2020


This week’s theme is: Zoo Animals!

 

The Cincinnati Zoo has made some awesome videos about the animals there! One of my favorite’s there is Fiona the Hippo! Here is a picture of Fiona and me when I was there last year!

I think a lot of you know this already, but, my favorite animal is the GIRAFFE! And I also had the opportunity to meet Kimba the Giraffe! I was able to feed him a piece of lettuce which is one of his favorite snacks. 

The Cincinnati Zoo- Home Sarai Resources has tons of videos about the animals at the zoo! This week I want you to pick your favorite animal and learn about them from the home safari videos.  Since my favorite is a giraffe I am going to put that link here: Giraffe Home Safari Video as my example.

 

While you watch a video here are some speech activities to participate in! 

Pre-K to 5th grade:

 

Time to play a game! Play a guessing game with your mom, dad, sister, brother, grandma, grandpa or anyone you are with.  Describe an animal (especially the one you watched in the video!) but be careful not to say it’s name! Give your partner one descriptive clue at a time and see if they can guess what animal you are talking about.  Take turns describing animals back and forth. 

Here are some examples of clues you can give:

This animal is very tall

This animal has spots

This animal has a black tongue

This animal is a plant eater

This animal has four legs

This animal is Mrs. Kovalich’s favorite! (hehe Just kidding!)

 

What is it? A Giraffe!

 

 

Articulation: Use your speech sounds to play the guessing game! Try and pick words to describe your animal that have your speech sound in them.  Once you take a turn describing an animal with your speech sound in it, say that animal’s name in 5 sentences.    

 

Language: Use your good language skills to play the game.  We can use good question forms as well as descriptive terms while you play the guessing game. 

 

Some questions that you can ask yourself to describe an animal are:

What color is it? Does it have a pattern like spots or stripes?

Where does it live? Does it live in the ocean? Where can you see one?

What does it eat? What does it feel like? Does it have any distinct features?

What parts does it have?

 

Fluency: Play the game above using your best fluency strategies.  Remember when using easy onset to take a breath all the way to top of the hill, breath out for a second and then start your statement.  Draw your own “hill” if you want to follow along with your finger. 

 

Send me a video you describing one of your animals! I would love to guess what you are describing and I’ll send you one back 😊

 

Mrs. Kovalich

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5/18/2020-5/22/2020

 

This week’s theme is: Weather!

 

I have seen some changes in weather since we have been away from school! What weather have you seen since we have been home?

 

Preschool to 2nd Grade: This is a book read aloud called “The Wind Blew” By Pat Hutchins

 

Articulation: This book is great for blends! The word “blew” has the blend “bl” in the beginning that you can practice as you read the book.  When you are reading the book see if you can pick out your speech sound as you label the pictures.  There are a lot of things that get blown away, can you name them all?

 

Language: When you have listened to the story you can answer some questions about the story!

Who- Who was in the story? Who lost their umbrella? Who lost the letters?

What- What happened in the story? What made everything blow away? What was your favorite part?

Where- Where did the story happen? Where did the items go?

When- When did the story take place?  When was the umbrella blown away?

 

Fluency: Use your fluency techniques to retell what happened in the story!

 

3rd Grade to 5th Grade Students: 

Here is a passage about different types of severe weather.  Here are some speech activities to do after reading the passage:

 

Articulation: While you are reading the passage pick out three words from each paragraph with your speech sounds in them.  Practice saying them at word level 5 times each using your best speech sounds.  Then put each one in a complete sentence.  

 

Language: After you read the passage compare and contrast what you learned about tornadoes and waterspouts.  Remember when you are comparing you are telling what is the same about two things and when you are contrasting you are telling what is different.  We often use a Venn Diagram to help us compare and contrast. 



Fluency:Give a brief description of a tornado and a waterspout using your fluency strategies.

Extension Activity: Keep a log of the weather you see outside for the week.  Write down how the temperature feels, if there is any precipitation, if there are clouds in the sky, what else do you notice?  How has the weather been the same and how has it been different during the week?

Let me know what you find in your weather log!

Mrs. Kovalich

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5/25/20-5/29/20

 

This week’s theme is BUGS! (EEK!)

 

Pre-K – 2nd Grade: The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book by Eric Carle.  The story has been made into this cute animated film! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Animated Film

Articulation: Can you talk about the story using your very best speech sounds? What fruits have your speech sounds in them? Use the pictures in the short film to help you come up with more words that have your speech sounds in them and practice!

Language: Practice telling and retelling a story by retelling the events in the story! Don’t for get to use our story transition words: first, second, then, next, finally and last.  We can also make sure we tell the story in order.  What did the caterpillar eat first? What did he eat next? What happened at the end?

Fluency: Practice using your fluency techniques as you describe what is happening in the pictures of the story! Can you use your strategies while you retell the whole story?

 

3rd – 5th Grade: Read the passage “Calling All Spiders” from Read-Works which is in the parent email (OR  if you would rather do the activities above that go with the fun animated video of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.)

Articulation: Pick out your speech sounds in the beginning, middle and ends of words throughout the passage.  Practice using the sentences in the passage to use your speech sounds at sentence level. 

Language: Answer the questions following the story and explain your answers.  Use strategies for answering questions such as re-reading portions of the passage and taking out answers that do not make sense. 

Fluency: Tell 5 facts you learned throughout the passage.  Use your fluency strategies to tell your facts practicing using smooth speech. 

 

Extension activity: How many bugs can you name in one minute? Say them out loud or write them down! I got 12 in one minute! Can you beat me?

 

Mrs. Kovalich


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6/1/20- 6/5/20

This week’s theme: Beach!

 

Preschool to 2nd Grade: “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell” By Lucille Colandro with a read aloud!

Attached to the parent email there is a “Home Practice” packet that accompanies the book! This packet has many ideas that go along with the book to practice speech and language skills. 

Articulation: Practice your speech sounds by picking them out in the story.  Retell the story using your best speech sounds. 

Language: Use the pages from the “Home Practice” packet to answer questions about the story and use your descriptive skills to describe what you know about beaches and the pictures in the book. 

Fluency: Use any Home Packet page that interests you and complete it out loud using your fluency enhancing techniques!

 

3rd Grade to 5th Grade Students: 

Read the Passage: The Beach Day by ReadWorks which is attached to the Parent Email. 

Articulation:  Underline or highlight words within the passage that have your speech sound. Use a mirror to look at your mouth when you say each word. Make sure your tongue and lips are moving to create the correct speech sound! Once you have said all the words with your speech sounds- put 10 of them into sentences out loud.

Language: After reading “Beach Day” use your comprehension skills to answer the questions using complete sentences.  Don’t forget to re-read the passage if you get stumped by a question!

Fluency: Use your fluency enhancing strategies to retell Beach Day! 

Enjoy daydreaming about hot days in the sun on the beach! 

Mrs. Kovalich 

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6/8/20-6/12/20

The LAST week of School! Can you believe it?! This school year has not ended exactly how we all expected but we have pushed through and persevered through to get to the end of the school year.  I am so proud of all of you and CANNOT wait to see your smiling faces when we get back to school.  For the summer, I thought some fun Scavenger Hunt activities would be just the thing to keep working on our Articulation, Expressive Language, Receptive Language and Fluency Skills.  This list of Scavenger Hunts has tons of different hunts to do.  I recommend trying to do one each week over the summer! Each page has two of the same scavenger hunt, so if you are able to print them out you can share with someone and see who can find the items fastest! During the summer I hope you all stay healthy and happy!

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!

Mrs. Kovalich