Spring-themed Speech Therapy Ideas

This podcast episode offers practical spring-themed speech therapy ideas to use with students of all ages.

The episode begins with some of the reasons to give themed speech therapy sessions a try. Thematic instruction is supported by research, especially when it’s used to teach the “4C skills,” which are critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

The spring-themed speech therapy ideas from today’s episode are in three main categories.

The first category is ideas that incorporate the natural world. Specific topics include:

  • Observing and discussing the weather
  • Going on nature walks
  • Planting seeds
  • Watching YouTube videos about baby animals

The second category is spring-themed picture books. Specific titles include:

  • Jayden’s Impossible Garden
  • Sorting Through Spring
  • Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate
  • Plant the Tiny Seed
  • Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

The third category is spring-themed traditions from around the world. Specific events include:

  • Baba Marta Day in Bulgaria
  • Cimburijada in Bosnia
  • Hanami in Japan
  • Nowruz in Central Asia
  • Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in England

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References and Resources:

A case study of interdisciplinary thematic learning curriculum to cultivate “4C skills”

Nature and Gardening
384 Days in 8 Minutes – TOP 8 Plant Growing Time-lapses
Amazing Colors of Spring
Build a Flower Reinforcer Activity
The Edible Schoolyard Resource Library
How Does a Seed Become a Plant?
Great Gray Owl Nest Highlights
GrowingGreat: Virtual Garden Field Trip
Learn 25 Common Backyard Bird Calls
Let’s Plant a Garden!
Osprey Nest Highlights
Polar Bear Tundra Buggy Lodge Highlights
Puffin Burrow Highlights
Puppy Nursery Highlights at Warrior Canine Connection
Resources for Plant-based Learning
River Watch Bear Cam Highlights
School Gardens: The Why and the How
Spring Walk through Vancouver Island, Canada
Toddler Building Block Set
Walking in the Rain, Central Park
Watch a Seed Sprout!

Spring-themed Picture Books
Ashley Barron
Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
Jayden’s Impossible Garden
Plant the Tiny Seed
Sorting Through Spring

Spring Events and Traditions
Baba Marta Day
Cherry Blossoms in Izu, Japan
Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill: The Ultimate Quirky Extreme Sport
How to do hanami?
Nowruz: How 300m people celebrate Persian New Year
Simple Martenitsa Bracelet Tutorial
Thousands gather for scrambled eggs festival 

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