Spark Cards - Junior Edition

#SPKJR

$35.00


Description

Simple scenes for early learners to improve articulation, expressive and receptive language skills, verbal communication, social pragmatic skills, proper sequencing, and so much more!

Spark Cards – Junior Edition includes 8 story sets with 6 cards in each set which are designed specifically to encourage children to observe picture details and to improve their picture interpretation skills. The cards can be used to enhance the ability of children to retell stories, sequence pictures, problem solve, as well as prompts for 'wh' basic questions. Each picture scene is illustrated specifically to target higher levels of thinking and to improve proficiency in problem solving, responding to 'why' and 'how' questions, analyzing and comparing, inferring and predicting, and reasoning skills. Each box contains an answer key with a question guide for each picture. Durable, high-quality, colorful 4.5" x 4.5" picture cards. Ages 4 and up.

How It Works:

Individual picture cards can be used on their own or as a complete picture scene set to target many language goals including sentence formulation, use of nouns, verbs and verb tenses, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, temporal concepts, main idea, exposure to basic concepts, and more. Below are a few different ways Spark Cards can be used, and you can create your own ideas as well!

Sequence it! Present some or all of the cards to the child and have them put the cards in the correct order.

Ask it! Ask the “WH” questions: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW.

    Describe it! Have the child formulate a sentence and describe the picture scenes.

    Narrate it! Have the child tell the story using narrative skills and connect the pictures using sequencing terms such as: then, next, before, after, first, last, beginning, middle, and in the end.

      Analyze it! Have the child notice picture details and identify which details are the clues to determine the order of the pictures. Use a dry erase marker to highlight scene details.

      Notice it! Notice the character emotions and changes of details in the picture card sets.

        Connect it! Connect the events in the story picture cards to something you did, you know or experienced.


            Advanced Level Activities:

            Expand it! Practice critical thinking skills and ask, “What happened before?”, “What might happen next?”, “What other events are happening during the events in this picture?”

            Summarize it! Ask the child to identify the main idea. Have the child name the story with a story title.

              Perceive it! Critical thinking: “What is the character thinking?”, “What is the character saying?”

              Draw it! Have the child draw a scene that might have happened before, after, and/or between the events in the picture card scenes.

                Write it! Have the child work on writing skills and write a story about the picture cards.

                Create it! Have the child create another similar sequenced story. Compare and contrast the stories.


                    What's In The Box:

                    Spark Cards - Junior Edition includes 8 story sets with 6 cards in each set.

                    • Raking The Leaves
                    • Ordering Ice Cream
                    • Building A Doghouse
                    • Cutting A Fruit Salad
                    • Preparing A Fish Tank
                    • Setting Up A Campfire
                    • Nighttime Routine
                    • Making A Birthday Sign

                    These high quality cards are child friendly and made of strong card stock so they won't rip. Large 4.5" x 4.5" cards for easy viewing. Each box contains an answer key with a question guide for each picture. TIP: Use a dry erase marker to highlight picture details while working with your child. Dry erase markings are easily erasable so cards can be used again and again.

                    Target Age Range: 4 and up

                    Adaptable for all ages! Spark Cards are a perfect speech therapy game for classroom and center based activities, individual therapy sessions, at home with parents and entire family. Skill level of cards is adaptable to many levels by simply trimming or using all the cards in a set. To achieve higher level skills and critical thinking, use all 6 picture cards as a set. The sets can also be trimmed to 3-4 picture scenes by removing 2-3 picture cards for lower level sequencing and story retelling. The complexity of the questions can also be adjusted according to the age and skill level of the child.

                    What's Next?

                    Spark Cards - Set 1 focuses on Going To The Library, Making A Lemonade Stand, Preparing For A Hurricane, Planting Flowers, Going To The Vet, A Trip To The Beach, Setting The Table, and Playing Football.

                    Spark Cards - Set 2 focuses on Flying A Kite, Shopping Trip, Going Ice Skating, Painting A Room, Building An Igloo, Baking A Cake, Going To The Airport, and A Trip To The Pet Store.

                    "I’m a pediatric speech pathologist and I love this sequencing set! We use it to sequence events in a story (of course!) but also to expand sentences through detailed descriptions, produce grammatically and syntactically appropriate sentences from simple to complex, make inferences, and develop problem solving skills." – Jennifer S.

                    "As a speech therapist of school age children, these cards come in very handy for so many language goals. These cards can be used to help teach narratives, sequencing skills, drawing inferences, and building sentences. The cards are beautifully made and durable. Each story comes with a card with questions and problem solving scenarios for the students to answer." – SLP

                    "I bought these cards to use with my daughter (7) who is having expressive language difficulties. I needed something a bit more than regular sequencing cards to stimulate her. These cards are more like sequencing scenes and sequencing stories with loads of detail that really help my daughter with her expressive challenge. She is loving them! The card sets come with amazing question cards on each picture which really guide me to work on her language skills. We will save the problem solving tasks (that the sets include) to practice when she targets that in therapy. Overall, really great product." – Nate

                    "I am a speech-language pathologist in a middle school setting, and sometimes it can be difficult to find age-appropriate materials. I love these cards because each story is relevant and relatable, and the illustrations are age-appropriate. I used my Spark cards to target a variety of goals - grammar and syntax, inferencing, social skills, comprehension at all levels, narrative formulation, picture description, and sequencing. I have even used them for my articulation and fluency students - they were great for mixed groups. The cards were also a lifesaver when my schedule was chaotic, because this no-prep material made lesson planning easy." – Monica

                    "Wow, what a wonderful teaching tool! These sequencing cards are detailed, versatile, clear, incorporates literacy and oh so durable. The picture stories can be used for younger students as well as older kids (grades 1 & 2). I am excited to use them for the new school year with my language delayed students. I test drove them with my son and he couldn’t get enough! And the teaching prompt cards help a lot!! 100% recommended!"

                    "I bought these cards to use with my students ages 5-8. Firstly, these cards are super durable and the illustrations of the picture scenes are large and clear. Second, I love that these cards are so versatile and filled with content for learning and generating schema. My students are enjoying putting these scenes in order and I am really loving the handy question prompts provided for each scene."

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                    What's Included

                    Spark Cards - Junior Edition includes 8 story sets with 6 cards in each set.

                    • Raking The Leaves
                    • Ordering Ice Cream
                    • Building A Doghouse
                    • Cutting A Fruit Salad
                    • Preparing A Fish Tank
                    • Setting Up A Campfire
                    • Nighttime Routine
                    • Making A Birthday Sign

                    These high quality cards are child friendly and made of strong card stock so they won't rip. Large 4.5" x 4.5" cards for easy viewing. Each box contains an answer key with a question guide for each picture. TIP: Use a dry erase marker to highlight picture details while working with your child. Dry erase markings are easily erasable so cards can be used again and again.

                    Target Audience

                    Ages 4 and up (preschool through middle school students).

                    Author

                    After earning her Masters degree as a Speech and Language Pathologist, Spark Innovations founder, Leah Schwed, MA, CCC-SLP, began working with school age children struggling with a variety of language deficits. Among her obligations was creating fun yet educational learning experiences. She noted one common issue again and again, the need for engaging and updated quality materials that encourage children to think and improve language one step at a time. After a decade of experience working with children, she set out to create products and materials that were updated, kid friendly, fun, and multi-functional when used in therapy.

                    In 2017 Leah incorporated The Spark Innovations Inc., and the Award Winning Spark Cards were introduced in 2018. Spark Cards have been described as an amazing tool helping parents, therapists, and educators teach core language skills to children in a most fun and exciting way. It's mission is helping all children improve language development one step at a time.

                    Customer Reviews

                    "I’m a pediatric speech pathologist and I love this sequencing set! We use it to sequence events in a story (of course!) but also to expand sentences through detailed descriptions, produce grammatically and syntactically appropriate sentences from simple to complex, make inferences, and develop problem solving skills." - Jennifer S.

                    "As a speech therapist of school age children, these cards come in very handy for so many language goals. These cards can be used to help teach narratives, sequencing skills, drawing inferences, and building sentences. The cards are beautifully made and durable. Each story comes with a card with questions and problem solving scenarios for the students to answer." - SLP

                    "I bought these cards to use with my daughter (7) who is having expressive language difficulties. I needed something a bit more than regular sequencing cards to stimulate her. These cards are more like sequencing scenes and sequencing stories with loads of detail that really help my daughter with her expressive challenge. She is loving them! The card sets come with amazing question cards on each picture which really guide me to work on her language skills. We will save the problem solving tasks (that the sets include) to practice when she targets that in therapy. Overall, really great product." - Nate

                    "Wow, what a wonderful teaching tool! These sequencing cards are detailed, versatile, clear, incorporates literacy and oh so durable. The picture stories can be used for younger students as well as older kids (grades 1 & 2). I am excited to use them for the new school year with my language delayed students. I test drove them with my son and he couldn’t get enough! And the teaching prompt cards help a lot!! 100% recommended!" 

                    "I bought these cards to use with my students ages 5-8. Firstly, these cards are super durable and the illustrations of the picture scenes are large and clear. Second, I love that these cards are so versatile and filled with content for learning and generating schema. My students are enjoying putting these scenes in order and I am really loving the handy question prompts provided for each scene."

                    "I am a speech-language pathologist in a middle school setting, and sometimes it can be difficult to find age-appropriate materials. I love these cards because each story is relevant and relatable, and the illustrations are age-appropriate. I used my Spark cards to target a variety of goals - grammar and syntax, inferencing, social skills, comprehension at all levels, narrative formulation, picture description, and sequencing. I have even used them for my articulation and fluency students - they were great for mixed groups. The cards were also a lifesaver when my schedule was chaotic, because this no-prep material made lesson planning easy." - Monica A.

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