5 minutes is all it takes!

Speech homework should not take a long time, especially when practicing making sounds and sounds in words.  Short, frequent opportunities for practice are most effective in helping children learn new skills.  That is why speech home work should NEVER take more than 10 minutes TOPS!  Every time you practice speech homework with your child you should sign or initial their paper to bring back- your child is working for a specific prize and each signature gets them closer to their prize goal as well as their speech goal! 
You are more than welcome to practice your child's goals with them in ways other than directly assigned homework as well, and if you send a note telling me what fun things you did they can earn additional credit.  The website Home Speech Home has a list of activities that can be used to work on a variety of goals.  In a nutshell, here is the list:

Here are some great ideas of fun activities you can do while getting your child to practice his skill:

  1. Use a Counter: Go to a sporting goods store and purchase a counter.  This is a small, round object with a single button.  Each time you push the button, the counter goes up by one.

    Set a goal for your child (number of repetitions) and tell him to push the button each time he does the skill correctly.  Once he hits the target number, he's done.

    Time him and see if he can beat his old score (but he has to say it correctly for it to count, no rushing through and messing up!).

  2. Bankruptcy Game: Put a bunch of plastic coins in a bag but color one of them red.  After each repetition, you and your child will both pull out one coin.

    If anyone pulls out the red coin, they have to put all of their coins back (bankrupt!).  Whoever has the most coins after 5 minutes wins.  (Got this one from www.5minutekids.com , love it!)

  3. Hold Yoga Poses: Look for pictures of yoga poses for kids online.  Have your child choose one and hold it while he does his skill.  See how many repetitions he can get in before he loses the pose.

  4. Trace Lines or Shapes:  Draw lines or shapes on a piece of paper.  Then, laminate that page or put it in a plastic sheet protector.  Have your child trace the lines or shapes with a dry erase marker while repeating his skill.  When he's done, erase and use again next time.

  5. Put Blocks on a Tower:  Each time your child practices the skill, give him a block to place atop a tower.  When the tower falls, take the blocks back and start over.  See how tall he can make it before it falls.

  6. Play Hopscotch:  Draw a hopscotch track (or other shapes/numbers) on the ground and have your child do the skill once before each jump or move on the track.

  7. Turtle Race: You need at least 2 people for this but you can be the second person if need be.  Have both people sit on their bottoms with their knees up.  Each time your child does the skill, everyone gets to move forward one scoot.  Bottom must stay on the ground, no picking it up and jumping.  

    Whoever gets the farthest in 5 minutes wins.

  8. Moving Beans or Marbles: Place beans or marbles in a small container.  Get a second similar container.  For each repetition, move one bean or marble to the other container.  When all the beans/marbles are moved, you're done!

  9. Make Me Jump:  Each time your child does the skill, have someone else (you or another adult/child) jump or do another action.  See how many times your child can make that person jump during 5 minutes.

  10. Playdough: Give your child a pinch of playdough (or a similar substance) for every repetition.  Once your child has all of the playdough, he can play with it.

  11. Tickle Me: Start with your hand on your child's head or toes.  For each repetition, move slightly closer to his belly.  When you get to his belly, tickle him like crazy.  Then, start over and repeat until the 5 minutes is up.

  12. Go for a Walk:  When you are walking somewhere with your child, have him take one step for every repetition.  Try this one when you're walking to the playground from the car or into the house when you get home.

  13. Stoplight Speech: While you're sitting at a red stoplight, see how many times your child can do the skill correctly before the light turns green.

  14. Playing Cards: Get a playing card for every repetition.  When your child has all of the playing cards, you can play the game with him.

  15. Blowing Bubbles: Blow bubbles for every 10 repetitions that your child does.

  16. Puzzle Pieces: Give your child a puzzle piece for every 10 repetitions he does.

  17. Graph Your Results: Count how many correct productions your child can do in 5 minutes.  Graph that on graph paper and see if he can beat it the next time.

  18. Connect Four...Or More!  Drop connect four pieces into the game randomly, one for each repetition.  At the end, see if there are any patterns or designs created from where they all landed.

  19. Wind-Up Toys: Wind up a toy and let it go.  See how many times your child can do the skill correctly before it runs out of power.

  20. Throw a Ball:  Throw a ball back and forth and play catch while your child practices the skill.
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