As speech-language pathologists (SLPs), teachers, and homeschool parents, we all know how important it is to teach our students how to categorize and organize their vocabulary. It is a very important skill that SLPs teach to meet our students’ speech goals. Understanding how different words relate to one another and can be grouped into categories is an essential skill for both oral and written language comprehension.
While this may seem like a rather dry and boring topic, it doesn’t have to be! As an SLP myself, I am always looking for engaging speech pathology resources to teach skills. That’s why I’ve created a resource to support SLPs (along with teachers and parents) that brings categories to life in an engaging student-centered activity.
A Fun and Effective Way to Teach Vocabulary Organization
Enter Mini-Category Cards! They are simple yet effective tool for teaching vocabulary organization to our students in a way that is both fun and engaging. This mini-card activity is perfect for use in the classroom, during speech therapy sessions, or even at home as a helpful homework resource.
So, what exactly are Mini-Category Cards? Essentially, they are small cards that feature simple pictures of various objects, which are grouped into different categories. For example, you might have a set of Mini-Category Cards that feature pictures of different fruits and vegetables, or a set that features different types of transportation. The possibilities are endless!
I recommend laminating the colorful versions of these cards and assembling them on a ring for your private speech therapy sessions. For sessions and homework practice, you can use the black-and-white versions. Additionally, I have created mini-category cards in a Spanish version to enhance the diversity in the teaching and learning of these materials and for use throughout the country.
Endless Possibilities Await
One of the great things about Mini-Category Cards is that they can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, you could simply use them as flashcards, asking the child to name each object and then asking them which category it belongs to or, you could play a game where the child must sort the cards into the correct categories as quickly as possible.
Another possible use for these cards is as a homework assignment. Simply print out a set of Mini-Category Cards in black-and-white and send it home with the child. Instruct them to sort the cards into the correct categories and bring them back to class the next day. This is a great way to reinforce the concept of vocabulary organization in a way that is low-pressure and fun. Then you can also involve their families in the speech practice at home.
Try Them Today!
Are you a speech therapist working with students one-on-one? Or are you a teacher in a classroom setting? Or are you a homeschool parent looking for engaging resources? Whoever you are these mini-cards are sure to be a hit with both you and your students. So, if you’re looking for a fun and effective way to teach vocabulary organization to your students, Mini-Category Cards are just the tool you need! Also available in Spanish: Spanish Mini-Category Cards.