Don’t tell Marvel Girl, but I think I’ve pre-chosen a theme for her 4 year old birthday next fall: Fancy Nancy. So far, my daughter could take or leave this adorable “sophisticated” pre-debutante. But me? Not so much.
This might surprise you based on Marvel Girl’s posh picture last week. Like most preschoolers, she enjoys herself a nice dress up. But she usually just wants to wear the same red pants and shirt as always. And don’t even bother trying to put a comb to her hair.
I was first introduced to Fancy Nancy on Christmas Day, when eating dinner at our friend’s home. Their two youngest girls had received Fancy Nancy tutus, purses and sunglasses for dinner. They let Marvel Girl wear a tutu throughout Christmas dinner. They let me read a new Fancy Nancy book– a book about vocabulary words! By the end of the meal, I was smitten.
Meet Nancy. A girl who likes to dress fancy, talk fancy, act fancy. She cannot comprehend her family’s lack of “poshness” and decides to educate them how they too can be tres fancy. The pictures are adorable and full of details. The vocabulary is exquisite. You should also check out Fancy Nancy dictionary (Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Dictionary), which is currently on my wishlist.
Speech Therapy Ideas:
1. Define “fancy”. What do you think is fancy? What fancy things do you like? Use complete sentences.
2. Compare and contrast the “fancy” and the “plain” words and items in the book. This is a great language activities for higher level thinking and vocabulary.
3. Ask more difficult “wh” questions. Where do you think Nancy is when she gets her brilliant idea (you can see a shopping cart, and must extrapolate that she is in a store). Why does Nancy trip and fall? Why do you think Nancy wants her family to be fancy?
4. Articulation practice: This story is perfect for children working on /s/ in the middle sounds. Make sure that tongue doesn’t poke out.
5. Practice /f/ sounds. /f/ is one of the easiest sounds to teach a child because it is so visual. I say, “gently bite your lip and blow”. Use a mirror if necessary. Poof!
(how do you like my fancy scarf?)
6. Practice acting fancy with your language skills. Use new fancy vocabulary to reinforce learning.
1. Check out these great ideas for throwing a Fancy Nancy party (at the end of the short article are several great links).
2. See the Fancy Nancy online games including a “fancy style” hangman game (nope, I’m not going to explain!)
3. A few Fancy Nancy printables and coloring pages can be found here.