My reinforcement system was fine, but it was missing some fun. Previously, my students would earn a check mark if they participated, were respectful, and tried hard. This worked fine, as most students always got their check marks, but they were losing interest. After every 5 check marks my students could choose a prize: sitting in my computer chair for a speech session, lunch with me and a friend, or an item from the prize bin. For my students that I see 3 times, it was getting a bit pricey when it came to prizes, even though I go to the good ole’ dollar store. With SpeechyLand ( my spin on CandyLand ) students can still earn prizes but it is a bit more randomized.
How to use SpeechyLand for reinforcement:
Cut and laminate letters, squares, and cards. Yes, it is a bit of cutting, but if you use a paper slicer it goes much faster. There are 21 squares total. I arranged mine to look as close the CandyLand game board as possible. Students choose a ‘game piece’ to represent themselves. I had them write their names with a dry erase marker so that I could reuse the pieces later. Students get to roll dice to determine how many spaces they go. If they land on a candy castle they many choose a prize. I put the extra ‘ game pieces’ in a zip loc bag and attached them to the board for safe keeping.
I started it today and the response from my kids was overwhelming. They were totally into it! It is up as a freebie on my site. I hope that your students enjoy it as much as mine!