This workbook provides concrete examples of vocabulary for the month of October. They highlight the topical events of autumn and Halloween by focusing on the objects commonly seen and used during this time. This helps to meaningfully include your student in seeing the ‘Reason for the Season.’
It may also be inspiration to explore your community. Many of the words here can be found outside – acorns, leaves, spider webs, the moon. Walking is free, and there are so many benefits to being outside and getting some exercise!
The images you see are real-life pictures with hand-drawn outlines. Some background colour is kept to act as a prompt or inspiration for the student. Paint, crayons, glitter, stickers, eye droppers – or mix them all up! Be as creative as you can when colouring.
There are 2 types of activity pages in this workbook. They each provide different learning opportunities across several skill areas:
· Large Colouring Pages
o Colouring Skills: Allows the student to practice ‘typical’ colouring – big strokes and movements of the brush, crayon, pencils etc…
o Prewriter Skills: Space to try tracing, copying or writing the word, their name and the date
o Expressive Language Skills: Talking about the image they see
· Aim-and-Scribble Pages
o Colouring Skills: Just as the name says, allows the student to practice aiming at a smaller target and use finer movements
o Visual-Perceptual and Attending Skills: The field of objects builds from 3 to 10 objects. It also moves from a linear to a messy array. This encourages more advanced scanning and concentration skills
o Receptive Language Skills: Identifying the right picture based on questions about the object itself, it’s appearance, use or category
If you would like to keep track of your student’s progress, there is a scoring key at the back of this workbook, with a worked example.
Try to personalise it by adding your own images and objects. These extra examples may help to solidify understanding of the core word, and expand the broader concepts. You could even combine them all in a type of scrapbook or visual journal. This gives yet another learning opportunity in describing past events.
However you choose to use this workbook, I hope you enjoy it. Can’t wait to see your work!