Entries by Karen Head

More Than Enough: A Passover Story

Title: More Than Enough Author: April Halprin Wayland Illustrator: Katie Kath Age: preschool Description:   A beautifully illustrated story of Passover and the rescue of a special friend. Goals/Concepts:  Passover vocabulary and concepts Holiday traditions Sequencing Early Prediction Why I like this book: The story and illustrations provide a simple, though elegant description of Passover while […]

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

Title: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) Author: Philemon Sturges Age: preschool, early elementary Description: A fun modern twist on the classic story of the Little Red Hen with an unexpected ending. Goals/Concepts: Categorization Sequencing Prediction Perspective Taking Helping others Dramatic Play Why I like this book: The story is familiar so kids think […]

The iPad and Beyond – Pet Doctor Inspires Collaborative Play

The iPad and Beyond – Pet Doctor Inspires Collaborative Play We love using apps in therapy and in our Social Adventure Groups but we are all too aware of how kids can get over-focused on them. We have taken to using some of them as inspiration for play. One of our favorites is Toca Boca […]

Fireman Small

Title: Fireman Small Author: Wong Herbert Yee Age: preschool, early elementary Description: One tiny firefighter works hard all day to help his friends when they are in trouble. Goals/Concepts: Rhyming Auditory Memory Sequencing Prediction Perspective Taking Helping others Dramatic Play Why I like this book: The catchy rhyme in this book grabs kids’ attention and […]

Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Title: Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day Author: Book:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli , eBook: Zuuka, Inc Description: It’s Valentine’s Day and Biscuit and his friend spread the love… Goals/ objectives: “w” and “f” sounds animal sounds early sequencing turn-taking in conversation OT goal:  figure-ground perception OT goal: craft project to go along “wondering” vs “knowing” Why I like this story: It’s Biscuit! […]

A Little Book About Feelings

Title:   A Little Book About Feelings From: “Ruby’s Studio:  The Feelings Show” Description:  This adorable little eBook offers a nice description of feelings and what happens when we express them. Goals: Identify a variety of feelings Identify ways to express feelings – words, facial expressions and body language Describe how various feelings manifest in […]

The Missing Mitten Mystery

Title: The Missing Mitten Mystery Author: Steven Kellogg Description: Annie loses her 5th mitten of the season.  While trying to find it her imagination goes wild.  It is found in a most unexpected place. Goals/ objectives: Question-asking Negation Flexible thinking Sequencing/ retelling Body language/ facial expression “wondering” vs “knowing” Why I like this story: A wonderful winter story about […]

Rabbit’s Gift

Title: Rabbit’s Gift Author: George Shannon / Laura Dronzek Description: A rabbit has a bit more food than she needs for the winter. Soon she learns that sharing with others leads to a wonderful surprise. This sweet story is based upon a Chinese Fable. Goals/ objectives: • Regular past tense • sequencing/ Retelling • early […]

The Snowy Day

Title: The Snowy Day Author: Ezra Jack Keats Description: A classic winter tale of a young boy’s adventures in the snow. Goals/objectives: • Early 2-word combinations • Simple sequencing • Early inferencing • “s”-blends • “wh” questions Why I like this story: This adorable tale lends itself to use with a wide range of ages. […]