So what communication skills are needed for children in middle school?

I would suggest that you reference the PWCS Home Learning Page for additional support and/or guidance.

Here are a few suggestions, from me, if you would like to support your student while at home: 

 First of all, lets make it FUN!  
Middle schoolers are notorious for being more than a bit skeptical of  'cutsie' ways.   You have to appeal to THEIR interests!

1. Play games together!  There are so many awesome games that support language development.  Some fun games that support speech/language skills (and might already be at home) are as follows: Scrabble, Scategories, Apples to Apples Jr., Pictionary, Taboo, Spot It, Story Cubes, Loaded Questions Jr., and/or Would you Rather? Card Game.  

2. Create a time capsule!  Please see a time capsule worksheet/guide in the Materials section of my page. 

3. For Language and Articulation please use the vocabulary/content the teacher pages. 

a. In the area of Language, please look at the Materials section of my webpage.  There are visual aids (e.g. Venn Diagrams, Sentence Frames, Vocabulary Strategies, Inference Strategies) your can use to help explain/organize/understand the language in the curriculum.  

b. In the area of Articulation, your student can highlight his/her sound (e.g. /d/, /t/, /k/, /g/, /r/, /th/, /s/, /z/, /ch/, /sh/, /j/) in the text they are reading and/or writing.  Next, your student can read the material aloud to you (or another family member/stuffed animal/pet-- anyone or anything really!).  Also in my materials section, there is a link to a website that can provide instruction on how to make a particular sound :).

4.  For Alternative/Augmentative Communication (AAC) users please see my materials section under AAC for Word of the Week, Core Vocabulary, and related activities that are functional and fun for all! 

I will be holding office hours weekly on Monday from 12:00-1:30 (starting 04/13/20) if you have any questions or concerns!  

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.