Title: Red Sled
Author: Lita Judge
Description: A little girl leaves her sled outside at night, and realizes that she is sharing it with many forest animals!
- Early narrative (simple sequence story)
- Perspective taking
- Early prediction
- Emotion/Facial Expression
- Vocabulary (forest animals: moose, raccoons, opossum, porcupine, etc.)
- Social Pragmatics
- Speech Production
Why I like this story: This story was recommended by a good friend (and also People Magazine ;)) and has been a hit with so many children. It’s mainly a wordless book with adorable illustrations.
Ideas for use:
- Have children be the “teacher” and read it to you. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then) and expanding on their language. Would be great to incorporate with early learning of story grammar elements (character, settings, initiating event, etc.) and pair with “Braidy” from Mindwingconcepts.
- A great story to “act out” in a group. Have different children be the various animals and get on the sled (can use an actual sled, a carpet square, blanket, etc.). Great to work on “sharing space.”
- Use thinking and speaking bubbles and have kids fill them in. What are the animals thinking, saying, etc.
- Mainly a wordless book, but lots of opportunity for speech production. For example, I have been using for syllable sequencing kiddos, and making up different sounds the animals make (appropriate for their targets) as they travel down the hills (i.e. wooogoooo, gaaaaaadeeeee, moooooowaaaa, etc.). You could do this with straight articulation targets too.
- The illustrations are great for working on simple prediction. What animal will be next? What will happen next?
- Have kids write a “sequel.” What would happen the next day? Would they try another winter sport? Would new animals join? Kids can draw their own pictures, could create on a story making app (i.e. Story Patch), use google images, etc.
Submitted by Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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