The toolkit is designed to connect educators and families. It is filled with activities for the classroom, special education or therapy settings that can also be sent home for practice. All pages are copy-ready in black and white with the exception of the Teach Together Alphabet™ and Honey Pots for Phonemic Awareness, which are full color.
The binder uses child-friendly Teddy Talker™ visuals from the Foundation Kit™, Mouth Position Cards with Reinforcement Rhymes™ and Teddy Talker Alphabet Chart™. It contains focused practice on 38 sounds to develop phoneme-grapheme correspondence along with generic “Toolpages” for customized instruction. There’s even a paper version of Teddy’s Bear Face, Back of Teddy’s Teeth, articulators and cues to teach Teddy his sounds! The kit also embeds early literacy and language experiences such as rhyming, spatial terms and interactive writing in a systematic and engaging way.
Students can have their own copy of Teddy Talker and cue pieces. Toolpages for each of 38 sounds teach about the letter-sound correspondence using child (and parent)-friendly terminology. Lessons teach students how to prepare the oral structures for production with visual and auditory cues. They learn new vocabulary words and rhyming words with each of the 38 sounds.
Includes a free digital download of the full book for portability, providing greater flexibility for searching and printing.
Linda Siciliano, creator of Teddy Talker, has been serving children and families for more than 35 years. In addition to her experience as a speech-language pathologist, Linda has worked as a special education and early intervention teacher, teacher of the deaf/hearing impaired, assistant principal and principal.
Linda earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College-CUNY, M.A. from NYU and Sixth Year in Educational Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, Linda holds teaching and administrator certification along with her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP.)
Linda’s professional career has allowed her the exciting opportunity to present numerous workshops both for professional staff and for families. Teddy Talker was built from a strong interest in “hands-on” learning throughout her career in education as a teacher, speech-language pathologist and administrator. In fact, as a result of seeing how children communicate so enthusiastically with puppets, Teddy was “born” more than a quarter of a century ago (and yet he still looks so young)!