Speech pathologists are always on the lookout for new games and therapy ideas. With this in mind, I recently found the Home Speech Home website. It is full of resources, ideas, tips and resources for purchase. There is a blog, to which I subscribe. Through this blog, I found a fun app called What’s the Pic Articulation This articulation app is based on the age old principle of rewarding students for repeating target sounds over and over! In a nutshell, the app has a hidden picture that students have to identify. The picture is covered by smaller “stickers” (cookies, cute little pigs, funny babies, etc).
When saying target words, students remove “stickers”, until the mystery picture underneath is revealed. It is quite motivating for the kids and an excellent way to get plenty of repetitions and practice.
As I also work with French speaking students, I was thinking how wonderful it would be to have this app in French as well. Then I thought, why not do it myself, the old way? A quick internet search delivered a bunch of funny pictures, which I printed on A4 paper. I then selected articulation cards from Jean Pierson’s “L’imagier phonetique”. Here, we are working on the phoneme /v/ as in “velo” (bike), “voiture” (car), “ville” (city) or “volcan” (see if you can figure that one out!) I simply stuck my target pictures with blue tack on the larger picture and the students had to say the words in the articulation cards to unveil the big picture. Voila! Bilingual fun, electronic and unplugged.
You know a product is good when it makes you think of other ways to use it, so thanks What’s The Pic! The good part about the unplugged version is that I can use any flash cards and target a variety of goals. In the example below, we used pronouns cards to work on he/she/they in English. In this example, the cards are from Super Duper’s Fun Deck and Do Grammar, Reasoning and Semantics Fun Sheets.
The other good part is that you are not dependent on a WiFi connection or on your iPad battery life. But do check the app, it is another good one to add to your toolbox.
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