An Interview with Jane Senn and Alyson Price: Stuck on “Say and Glue”

Feb 13, 2012 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

  1. Who conceived of this project to teach classification, vocabulary, terms and definitions?

As public school Speech-Language Pathologists with a combined experience of 50+ years working with preschoolers to 5th grade age, we continue to see increasing numbers of students with poor language skills specifically in the area of vocabulary. Research has proven that one of the biggest predictors of academic success is the student’s level of vocabulary skills. Students with deficit vocabulary skills often struggle with identifying, naming and describing common objects, actions, occupations, places, etc. They have difficulty learning to read particularly in the area of comprehension. They have difficulty expressing themselves through writing and speech. A deficit in vocabulary skills is often due to developmental issues, a lack of personal experience, or limited English proficiency. We have discovered there are very few instructional materials available to use with young students in school that teach a comprehensive core vocabulary. So, we set out to make our own that was teacher, child and parent friendly.

  1. Could you describe the program for our readers?

Say and Glue Photo Classifying Fun Sheets are used to teach basic core vocabulary through fun cut, color and glue worksheets. Vocabulary is taught across multiple contexts such as identification, descriptions, attributes and functions. It provides exposure to over 375 common vocabulary words in 14 categories. The student is involved in both receptive and expressive activities that help to improve overall vocabulary skills for reading, writing and speaking. All directions are printed at the top of each page and all paperwork is provided. The only things needed to complete activities that are not provided are scissors and glue. Coloring is optional.

  1. I see you have a CD with the program…could you let us know what is on it?

The CD is included to print all the worksheets from the book in either color or black and white.

  1. What categories are included?

Animals (pets, farm, zoo, etc.)

Around the Home

Clothing and Accessories

Cooking and Cleaning Items

Food and Drinks

Musical Instruments

Occupations

Places

School Supplies

Seasons and Holidays

Sports

Tools and electronics

Toys

Vehicles

  1. Why would a teacher or parent or speech language pathologist use these SAY AND GLUE Fun Sheets?

These sheets provide a fun way for students to learn basic core vocabulary while also improving receptive and expressive language skills which impact reading, writing and speaking. The book covers over 375 common vocabulary words in multiple contexts. The only things needed to complete the worksheets are scissors and glue. The directions are simple to follow and children enjoy the activities. Overall, it is an easy way to make sure our students are exposed to the most common core vocabulary using one book with simple to follow directions and fun activities for the students to complete. Extension activities are provided to help reinforce and strengthen the new vocabulary receptively and expressively and carry-over into everyday life.

  1. I have to tell you that I am stuck on some of your extension activities – can you describe some?

The extension activities are included so that the learning process can be carried over and reinforced in everyday activities. They give the teacher and parent suggestions for activities to use the newly acquired vocabulary and to strengthen receptive and expressive language skills which impact not only speaking and comprehension of communication but also reading and writing.

An example of use of extension activities is to use a deck of the provided photo word flash cards depicting fruit. Then involve the student in various extension activities such as:

-Categories – name the category of the pictures

-Compare – ask how the fruits are alike and different

-Concept Opposites – discuss if the fruits are hard/soft and heavy/light

-Following complex Directions – ask the child to touch the cards named in sequential order to

see if the student can follow directions and sequence

-Three Facts Challenge – The student must tell three things about the item

  1. You have riddles to help the learning process “stick.” Can you describe some?

The riddles are used to add another fun way to learn the vocabulary through another context. A riddle encourages thinking and reasoning and allows the student to filter through the information that has been taught about the vocabulary to help the student answer the riddle. The riddles include characteristics of the vocabulary words being taught.

For example, while looking at pictures of animals, the parent/teacher reads the following:

I purr and meow

I chase rats and mice.

I curl up in your lap

When I am feeling nice.

What am I?

The student looks at the various animals on the worksheet that fits the previously taught description that is now being described in the riddle. The student chooses an animal, cuts it from the sheet and glues in the box next to the riddle.

  1. Where can readers get more information or order this product?

This product is available through Super Duper Publications at www.superduperinc.com or by calling 1-800-277-8737

  1. What have I neglected to ask?

Are there any other similar instructional books available? The answer is YES!

There are 3 other Say and Glue instructional books available through Super Duper Publications:

  • Say and Glue Phonology and Articulation Fun Sheets -by Alyson Price

This instructional book targets specific sounds of articulation or phonological speech and language therapy. It can be used for fluency as well. It has fun student activities that the student cuts and glues as he/she learns.

  • Say and Glue for Language and Listening -by Alyson Price

This instructional book targets categories, functions, following directions, semantic recall and basic vocabulary concepts. It follows the same format as all the other books having fun activities that the student cuts and glues as he/she learns.

  • Say and Glue Phonological Awareness – by Alyson Price and Jane Senn

This book targets many pre-literacy and literacy skills necessary for reading. Activities include rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllable counting, recognizing letter sounds, and manipulation of syllables and phonemes in words. As with the previous books, fun activities are provided that the student cuts and glues as he/she learns.

*A side note….somehow when printing the cover of the book, Super Duper failed to add Jane’s credentials. Both Alyson and Jane should read as follows: Alyson Price MSP, CCC-SLP, Jane Senn MSP, CCC-SLP

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