Monday, October 8, 2012

Book of the Week: Scarecrow's Friends

This week's Book of the Week is Scarecrow's Friends (Start to Read Book) by School Zone Publishing Company.  This is a little board book that, even though I'm not 100% sure where I got it, I'm glad I did!  Board books often lend themselves quite nicely to adaptation with picture symbols and this is a great one for adaptation!

The book is really cute for my preschoolers to target building vocabulary (weather and animals), sentence length, irregular past tense ("came"), WH- questions, prepositions/positional concepts (behind, on, in front of), and story recall.  Basically, each page has a different kind of weather and a different animal...

"On a windy day, squirrel came to visit."

"On a cloudy day, cat came to visit."

"On a sunny day, mouse came to visit."

Each day, a new animal comes.  By the end, scarecrow is surrounded by friends and they all have a picnic!

The first time we read it, we take the picture symbols out.  Then we typically go back through the book and I have the kids attempt to retell the story and take turns finding the appropriate icons to replace in the book.  This is a good time to ask WH- questions (e.g., "Who came to visit on a foggy day?" or "What was the weather like when the snake came to visit?").  We look at the pictures to target prepositions/positional concepts (e.g., The squirrel is on the scarecrow's hand).

I wanted to reinforce the vocabulary in a motivating way, so after the second time through, I use the ChoiceBoard Creator app on my iPad for receptive identification.

By the time we're done with our session, my little guys have heard/used the vocabulary words 3-4 times, practiced saying the sentences, answered questions about the story, and generated phrases/sentences with prepositions.  They always enjoy this book and corresponding activities!

Do you have a favorite board book that you have adapted for therapy?  How have you adapted it?

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