There is an amazing oral deaf preschool in Buffalo (affiliated with BHSC) and we visited their parent-infant program today. We won't be able to go very often, because it is four hours in the car for a one hour program! I was impressed with the activities they did, and the individual focus on each child.
The class started with some free play, so that the children could settle in. The group of children was then assembled in a circle, with individual monkey mats to sit on. They sang a hello song, mentioning each child by name. We read "Wheels on the Bus" while singing the song with the finger plays, and then we played a dance game.
The teacher turned on music, and the music stopped at random intervals. When the music stopped, everyone had to freeze. The little guys loved this and it really reinforced listening skills. Then they moved over to the tables for a craft.
They were given diluted glue and paint brushes to paint over a picture of a bus. Nolan absolutely loved this, and Matt did, too. Then the children placed yellow squares of tissue paper onto the bus. We used words like "push," "paint," "sticky," "wet," "square," etc.
The children then had a goldfish cracker snack and we returned to circle time to finish the hour. We played a ball game with a song, where a ball was rolled to each child and the child would roll it back. Everyone had to listen for their name and wait for their turn. The final event was the goodbye song.
The only problem was that my children did not want to leave! They loved the classroom so much that I had to drag Matthew and Nolan out. Matt is not hard of hearing, of course, but he served as a good language model. Nolan was able to impress everyone by saying "I want ball" and other three word sentences. To say that I'm proud of the little guy would be an understatement.
I only wish we lived closer to utilize this resource on a more regular basis!