Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Chair For My Mother language unit


I did a series of different activities over a few weeks with this book. 

  • First, I took the child "to the diner" by gathering play food and play plates and silverware. We had a menu printed off that we were allowed to order from and be served by a waitress that we "paid." The mother works at the diner so this was a good follow-up activity for building semantic relationships. 
  • Secondly, I brought a jar and some play coins and allowed the child to earn coins throughout the session to start saving as if they were part of the story saving for the chair. 
  • Thirdly, we counted the money in our jar just as the girl and her mother counted it every night. 
  • Fouth, we had an activity where I set out food and beverage items one would find at the store and allowed the child to go "grocery shopping" and "pay" for the items in his basket. 
  • Fifth, the child and clinician pretended to go shoe shopping. Pictures of the shoes shown were given to the child to "buy" his own shoes. 
  • Sixth, the child got to put fire flames on the old house, have a fire truck show up, a firefighter spray the house, and then show that it turned black using the black backgroud
  • Seventh, after the firefighter, the neighbors came to the new house and brought a table set, bed, some food, and pots and pans. These were all laminated cut-outs.
  • Eighth, we took our "full" jar of coins and practiced taking it to the bank, rolling the coins in coin rollers, and exchanging the coins for bills. 
  • Ninth, the child got to decorate their own chair in the likeness of the one in the book. 
  • Tenth, the child got to take the stick figure creations and take them to the store to try the different chairs before selecting the one they wanted originally.
  • The child and Clinician, I also went over different parts of a community and the buildings in a community. (Examples: bank, school, drug store, gas station, grocery store, etc.) 

Material adapted from A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams and created by Lamar University SLP   graduate clinician, Destinee Hedspeth.  Artwork by Vera Williams.

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