A Trees and Flowers Theme for Early Childhood

A wonderful theme to target in preschool speech therapy during April or May is trees and flowers. Gardening is such a great theme, there will be a whole separate unit for it! Parts of a tree and parts of a flower are great vocabulary to target at this point in the year. The PreK and Kindergarten classrooms are going to be working on it during their life cycles lessons. Using worksheets or anchor charts are a great way to label with words and work on beginning sounds. Open this free download of parts of a tree on the interactive white board or trace it onto an anchor chart to use all week! Use this one to label a flower.

Download these free visuals to use with your own anchor chart:

parts of a flower

 

In addition to simple labeling and part/whole relationships you can talk about similarities and differences between the two. Discussing that both have roots, the differences between stems and trunks, and the need for branches. Talking about what types of animals and insects visit is another great association activity.

Help students take a perspective of the tree or flower and expand language through activities such as “If I were a tree I would…” and “If I were a flower, I would…” and encourage a wide variety of verbs, adjectives, and positional words.

SPRINGTIME READ ALOUDS

In this week’s lesson plans for preschool on plants, I have included some of my favorite books that are very interactive for developing language purposes. When several students can interact with the story and demonstrate language skills, it is a great book to add to my library. Tap the Magic Tree and Plant a Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson are just that! When you download this week’s lesson plans, you will get safe links to online read alouds but I highly recommend using the books in person. Students will take turns following simple directions to complete the tasks that will advance them through the book.

I also have two favorite books about trees that I use every year. Stuck and The Gobbling Tree. Both are stories about a little boy who gets something stuck in a tree and tries over the span of a day to get it out. We illustrate it as we read aloud, drawing the various items on a blank tree to keep track of the vocabulary in the story.

PRESCHOOL SONGS ABOUT PLANTS

Within the lesson plans for preschool on plants, you will find safe links to four different songs. One is to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and labels the parts of a tree! It is sure to get students engaged and learning through movement and music. Learn about colors and numbers with the others as well as taking the perspective of a tree and using action words in song!

spring directed drawing

SPRING DIRECTED DRAWING

Using directed drawings to promote language skills can be very beneficial. You can teach and reinforce spatial, quantitative and qualitative concepts. This week’s directed drawing is a tulip. You can find the drawing link in the lesson plans.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS FOR PRESCHOOL

One good thing that has come out of our quarantine year is that virtual field trips became more popular. In this week’s virtual field trip, students can visit the arboretum. The flowers and scenery are beautiful. The safe link is included in this week’s lesson plans for preschool on plants.

Feel free to download the lesson plans for this theme HERE. If you would like full access to all of the downloads included in this theme such as worksheets, sensory bins, dough mats, and more, join the Speech Room Resources Membership today! (Sneak Peek)

 

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