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Spring Vocabulary List: Speech and Language Activities

Spring Vocabulary List: Speech and Language ActivitiesSpring Vocabulary List: Speech and Language Activities


Spring is Coming!  The days are longer, the birds are chirping and most of all the sun is out. Chicago Speech and More wanted to share the Spring Vocabulary List to be used for a variety of speech and language activities.

There is a lot of research behind the importance of incorporating meaningful vocabulary words into speech and language activities.  Not only does it teach new words, using meaningful vocabulary is functional. If we tailor therapy activities to include relevant material, our children will be more engaged and apt to generalize (carry-over) skills.

Below is Chicago Speech and More’s Spring Vocabulary List.  This vocabulary list can be used for a variety of speech and language goals. Depending on your child’s area (s) of need, this list can be modified for their intervention plan.

Chicago Speech and More’s Spring Vocabulary List

April daisy leaves spring cleaning
ball Easter May sunglasses
baseball eggs Mother’s Day sunshine
bat flowers news storm
birds green new temperature
bloom grass pollen thunder
Blue Jay grasshopper pouring tulip
break grow puddles umbrella
bugs hatch rabbit warm
butterfly hop rain weather
chick ice cream rain coat windy
cicada kite rainbow
daffodil lamb slide


How to Adapt the Winter Vocabulary List for Speech and Language Therapy

Speech (Articulation Therapy) Activities: If your child is working on a specific sound or group of sounds, simply find the target (sound/group/process) within this list.

  • Here are some examples of how to use the spring vocabulary list as a guide for articulation therapy:
    • /s/ is the target: slide, sunglasses, storm
    • /s/ blends: slide, spring cleaning, storm
    • /l/ blends: Blue Jay, flowers, slide
    • /r/: April, break, green, rainbow, umbrella, warm
    • multi-syllabic words: butterfly, cicada, daffodil, grasshopper, temperature, umbrella
    • Cluster Reduction: slide, storm, Blue Jay, slide, flower

Language Activities:  Depending on your child’s language needs, the spring vocabulary list can be adapted for their therapy.

  • Here are some examples of how to use the spring vocabulary as a guide for language therapy:
    • Sequencing: Have your child tell you various spring-related sequences (i.e., steps for getting dressed to play at the park, planting flowers, getting ready to go outside in the rain)
    • Re-telling/summarizing: Tell your child a story, using words from the winter vocabulary list and have them retell it to you.
    • Story-telling: Have your child tell you a spring-related story, using vocabulary from the list.
    • Categorizing: Generate a list of categories from the vocabulary list and have your child group the words (i.e., category groups: clothing, activities, weather…)
    • Conversation: Engage your child in a conversation about spring-related items.  Ask and encourage them to ask open-ended questions. (rather than yes/no questions) Model asking follow-up questions.
    • Describing: (Cut up the vocabulary list and put the words in a box.) Have your child choose a word from the box and describe the item without saying the word.

These are just some suggestions but the possibilities are endless.  Get creative. Add your own words and activities.

With the warm weather comes a ton of new vocabulary words. These activities can be done inside or outside. Go for a nature walk or just hang out in the backyard.   Just make sure to talk about what you are doing while you are doing it, afterwards and then again-later!

Chicago Speech and More hopes you have a wonderful spring season!

For more speech and language activities please refer to archive blog posts.

Chicago Speech and More recommends Letter Factory by Leap Frog

Chicago Speech and More recommends Letter Factory by Leap FrogChicago Speech and More recommends Letter Factory by Leap Frog


There are so many toys, video games and DVDs to choose from.  Chicago Speech and More recommends the DVD Letter Factory by Leap Frog. If you are looking for something engaging and educational, Letter Factory is it.

Letter Factory is a fun and successful way to encourage early reading skills.  Popular Leap Frog characters take your children on a wacky phonics adventure. The video teaches the alphabet, letter names and letter sounds through fun and catchy sounds. Just wait, after a few viewings you will be seeing the songs along with your kids.

This video REALLY works.

After hearing and seeing the great success this video had with my students, I bought it for my four-year old nephew’s birthday.  I wasn’t sure if giving him a DVD for his birthday would start a major melt-down, but I figured it was worth a try. Honestly, how many toys can one little boy have?  When he opened the gift he didn’t get too excited but he didn’t cry either.  Thinking the video might not be too popular, my sister put in her car DVD player.  At least this way she could make sure it was watched. About a week later my sister called to tell me that not only was my nephew addicted to the video, my two-year old niece was as well.  After a few weeks both of them could identify every letter and provide the sound it made.  It was amazing.

I know there is some controversy over letting your children watch too much TV. While I wouldn’t encourage placing them in front of the tube for hours on end, the 35 minutes of Letter Factory will do more good than harm. Chicago Speech and More knows reading is so important! It is never too early to introduce pre-literacy and early reading skills to your little ones. Letter Factory is a great supplement to reading and discussing books with your toddlers and pre-kindies.

Leap Frog makes a bunch of great products but Letter Factory is by far my favorite.  I can’t stress it enough—the success is mind-blowing.  I have seen it work in numerous children and even those in my own family! I suggest it to friends, relatives and even my client’s parents.  Do your children a favor and purchase Letter Factory by Leap Frog as soon as possible.

For information on purchasing Letter Factory by Leap Frog click the link provided:

Letter Factory video by Leap Frog


Chicago Speech and More Recommends Decoma Day Camp

Decoma Day Camp

Chicago Speech and More Recommends Decoma Day Camp


Even though the snow is falling, the summer season is fast approaching.  It might not feel like it but the time to enroll your child in camp is now.  Don’t miss out on giving your child the best summer possible. Chicago Speech and More recommends Decoma Day Camp.

Day camp is extremely fun and it encourages social and communication skills.  At Decoma  children have the opportunity to explore new activities under the supervision of experienced counselors.  Campers learn to get along with others and work together as a group.  Decoma Day Camp offers team-building opportunities through various team sports, special event days and group collaboration.  Children also get to challenge themselves in individual activities such as: rock climbing, archery, mountain biking, arts and crafts, swimming and so much more.  Campers participate in creative and stimulating activities designed for their developmental level.

At Decoma Day Camp your child is treated like family.  Each of the directors prides themselves on getting to know your child personally.  Parents receive phone calls, progress reports and newsletters throughout the summer updating them on their child’s activities and progress at camp.  Decoma Day Camp offers an open-door policy and invites parents to drop-in to visit their little ones during their camp day.  Counselors and staff members are either school teachers or college students working toward a degree in education or recreation.Decoma Day Camp

Chicago Speech and More knows that sending your children off to camp can be scary. One conversation with Gary at Decoma will alleviate all your fears. Decoma Day Camp works with your family to provide the best possible summer experience. At Decoma each child is treated as an individual. Parents can rest easy knowing that their children are having the time of their lives in a secure, non-competitive environment.

Children often wonder why they can’t attend Decoma Day Camp every day of the year. It’s no wonder Decoma Day Camp is celebrating their 65th summer.  There really is no better place on earth. You owe it yourselves and most of all to your children! Chicago Speech and More recommends Decoma Day Camp as the answer to your summer needs.

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