Summer IEPs for PARENTS!

17 June 2019

Introducing….Summer IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for Parents!

Photo collage of letter tiles, the ocean, the Summer IEP for Parents file and a young daughter riding on her father's shouldersLanguage and vocabulary are always our focus (and I know it is yours as well) and even though school is over, it’s still time to learn. We are making it easy with an IEP for parents. Each week (or two) we will send out a new theme that goes with our Language Labs.

Hang the Language Lab and the Summer IEP plan on the fridge and use those words until you are blue in the face (or the hands!) Just focus on one Phase (kind of like a level) at a time. Do fun things. Go places. Read books. Watch movies. Just make sure you use the words on the list. Read more about the Language Labs here, and print the “Family” Language Lab. Here is the first IEP lesson...

The first topic...FAMILY!

Summer IEP-Family (Click to open PDF)


  • Go to the library. Watch captioned videos at Type "family." Examples:
    • Who makes up a family? Do they all live together in the same house? How are families different? Simple, clear explanations answer these and other questions. Explores, in easy terms, step-families and other basic problem areas children may have. Encourages children to express their feelings to an older person.
    •     Families come in different shapes and sizes. This video explores different types of families and what makes each family special. Part of the "All Around Me" series.
    • Several children describe what a family is and does, focusing primarily on the various combinations of adult caregivers. They discuss mixed-race families, adoption, being raised by grandparents or other extended family, guardians, and single and same-sex parents. Reminds that affection, security, and nurturing are most important in any family unit combination.
  • Go to a public place and talk about the families you see. “Look! There’s a mom with her two children. There’s a granddaughter with her grandfather. That’s like your grandfather, Poppy.”
  • Do a family activity and talk/sign! Here are some ideas: and
  • Create a scrapbook (or language experience story) of family members and activities. Write sentences about the activities and read it-again and again. Want to read our blog post about making these? Read this!