I love Mason Jars. Personally, I like their simple rustic look and, professionally, there’s nothing like a clear container to create some teaching magic.
Here are some ways I use Mason Jars to spice up my speech room decor and, most importantly, teach some valuable skills!
1. Communication Temptations When trying to teach children to communicate requests (as opposed to crying or grabbing desired objects) or to expand a child’s mean length of utterance when requesting, there’s nothing like a clear container with a lid! Simply place desired objects such as small toys, stickers or food in the jar and open it only after they make efforts to communicate their request in the way you want them to.
2. Quantitative Concepts
Which jar has more?
This jar has more marbles than that one.
3. Comparing and Contrasting Attributes
4. Story Grammar and Retell
6. Curriculum-Based Vocabulary Word of the Week (by grade level)
7. Vocal Volume/Pragmatic Role-Play
10. Exit Slips!
My favorite use for Mason Jars this year has been with my evidence-based Exit Slips for Speech Therapy. I was looking for a quick and motivating, evidence-based strategies to reinforce newly-learned concepts so I decided to create these Skill-Based and Seasonal Sets! Before leaving my room, students simply remove a slip from a jar and answer question! Fun, functional (and my administrators were super impressed!)
So, have I inspired you to use Mason Jars in your therapy room? You can find Mason Jars in many grocery or crafting stores. (I purchased the jars pictured above on Amazon where I’ve also spotted plastic ones!)
Do you use Mason Jars in therapy? I would love to hear about it!