For children 2 years and over
The websites below contain free pictures, songs, craft activities with easy to follow instructions and templates that can be printed.
Some tips on how to use these sites:
- Many of the activities are divided into routines, categories, rhymes, songs and fairy tales that can be included in teaching. You can also create things. Remember, the finished product doesn't have to be perfect. What's important is that you both have fun in this shared experience while giving your child the language and listening experience.
- Base your language around the actions, objects and use of the activity. Talk to your child about what you are doing while you are doing it. For example, "The glue is all sticky, it feels sticky on my finger. Now your brushing the glue on the paper".
- Ask your child to match the card to the sound. Make it easy to start with by having a choice of two pictures. As your child becomes more confident, increase the choice to four. The most difficult task is to identify the sound without pictures.
- Talk about pictures that represent routines in your home such as brushing teeth, having a drink, getting dressed. Ask your child to match the picture to a real object such as a tooth brush picture with the their real tooth brush while you talk about brushing your teeth, squeezing the toothpaste, rinsing your mouth.
Good information for parents early in the process, after their child has been diagnosed with hearing loss.
The importance of listening. Rationale, information and activities/resources. Main resources are at a cost.
Articles by various writers (10,000 authors on different topics). Navigate to ‘early childhood’ information, search for Lisl Fair. ‘Listening Games for Babies and Toddlers’. This is an age by age guide to reading and listening with lots of activities and games for parents. Also see ‘Kindergarten Readiness.’
- www2.scholastic.com/browse/activities.jsp (from preschool - Grade 8)
Lots of easy and fun activities to do together with your child divided into Preschool, K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 7 & 8 levels.
The instructions include:
- a list of what you need to make and create the activity
- how to make it
- learning benefits.
- www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm (ages 2 - 4 years)
An enormous number of easy to follow crafts, colouring pages and other activities categorised into nursery rhymes, children's favourite songs, fairy tales and related topics of interest to children
- www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies (suitable for 4+ years)
A wide variety of stories and related activities that are printable with clear instructions as well as a wide range of games. All stories have written text and audio.
A wide variety of children's rhymes and speech sounds including words, craft activities, printable templates to colour and recipes. There are also links to other free sites.
Hundreds of pictures associated with daily routines such as meals, bath time, getting dressed, environmental sounds, animal, school, playground sounds.
A fantastic site with lots of songs and favourite children's rhymes, many accompanied by with words and music. Many also have a related activity sheet you can print.
Tip for best use: Once your child is familiar with the words and tune of the songs try a listening challenge where you play the song and ask them to identify it.
- www.enchantedlearning.com - (2 years + - USD$20 one year subscription)
For 2 -3 year olds there is an extensive range of pictures on each speech sound including vowels and consonants. Plus lots of great craft activities.
For children 4 years+ an extensive range of pictures and information on a wide variety of school related and child interest topics.
Tip for best use: The pictures and craft activities offer great help in teaching your child the sounds of speech. Focus on pictures that relate to your home environment that you can associate with the real object. Let your child join in with making the craft activities. Remember there is a lot of great language in preparing, making and cleaning up after the activity is complete.