How to Teach Social Language Part 3 -Increasing General Knowledge #2 ‘Fill-in-the-blanks’ & Teaching Calendar

While it is important to impart communication skills to our preschoolers with autism, I think as parents, or educators, we acknowledge the importance of teaching the calendar as well as  writing to our child since they are definitely essential once our children enter mainstream/formal school settings.

This is a series of activities that I will be adding along the way once my child has master the the concept (objective/s) of the lesson.

 

Teaching Calendar cards

Teaching Calendar

Teaching the calendar will not only ensure that the child can answer all the questions asked when directing to certain days or months, and hopefully, in the long run, with the correct tense too.

  1. Start off with teaching the months in a year, using the ‘Before and After’ sequence. I use the calendar to teach this concept. When the child has mastered the monthly concept, move on to the weekly concept.
  2. Jpeg
    Once the child has mastered this concept, we can move on to the “Today”, “Yesterday” and “Tomorrow” concept.
  3. Teaching Calendar cards
    For all the concepts, the child should be given opportunities to “Fill-in-the-blanks” which I have shown below.

 

Fill-in-the-blanks Activity

Fill-In-The-Blanks activities are important as it allows us to know how much the child remembers, helps the child to retrieve the required information due to the present visual cues, and it assist with the copying or writing component in school.

 

 

Materials needed:

  • Jotter Book 13mm or Plain Jotter
    Jotter Book 13mm or Plain Jotter
  • White board
  • Writing tools such as pencil and eraser

Instructions

Recap on days of the week using 'Today', 'Yesterday' and 'Tomorrow'

Recap on days of the week using ‘Today’, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Tomorrow’ as shown in the picture. This is to be taught after the child has understood the before and after sequence.

  1. Write down the days for ‘Today’ and ‘Tomorrow’, leaving the answer for ‘Yesterday’ blank.
  2. As the child tells you that the day is Friday, write the answer down on a separate piece of paper. (For me, I have chosen to laminate a blank piece of paper, so that I can re-use the paper by simply wiping the marker off with a white board eraser.
  3. As the child recounts the event for the day, write down the key words you would like the child to write as part of penmanship. (I tend to choose days of the week, nouns and adjectives as my key words)
  4. What I wrote in the Jotter Book. (Page 1 of 2)
    Write what the child has recounted to you on a piece of paper or Jotter Book, keeping it as similar to what he or she have recounted. What I wrote in the Jotter Book. (Page 1 of 2)
  5. What I wrote in the Jotter Book. (Page 2 of 2)
    What I wrote in the Jotter Book. (Page 2 of 2)
  6. After you have completed writing the short text, get the child to verbalize the key words on the piece of paper.
    After you have completed writing the short text, get the child to verbalize the key words on the piece of paper.
  7. Next, read the text with the child. As you come to the blank, get the child to choose from the list of key words and write them down on the paper.
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    Next, get the child to read the text and when you come to the blank, get the child to choose from the list of keywords. When the child has chosen the correct one, get the child to write down the word.
  9. Page one of two of the text.
    Page one of two of the text. With two words as the answer, I divided the space to help C to write better.
  10. Page two of two.
    Page two of two. When C was done with the writing, he had to bring this text and read aloud to B. I think this helps with his confidence and adds additional joy to his lesson when B says, “Good job!”

     

    Other social language related activities that we have done:

    How to Teach Social Language Part 1 – Turn-taking

     

    How to Teach Social Language Part 2-“It’s a…”, “This is a…”, “I have a…”

    How to Teach Social Language Part 3 -Increasing General Knowledge #1

    How to Teach Social Language Part 3 – Increasing General Knowledge #3 using listening

    How to Teach Social Language Part 4 – Sequencing ‘Before and After’

    How to Teach Social Language Part 5 – Use Listening to Teach Sequence

    How to Teach Social Language Part 6 – Simple Word Association

    How to Teach Social Language Part 7 – Finding out about someone #1

    How to Teach Social Language Part 8 – Finding out about someone #2

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