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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 chorus “dayenu” provides the opportunity for interaction during a read aloud.

Ideas for use:

  • While reading aloud, ask the children to join in the chorus of “dayenu.” The rhythm of the story provides cues for the timing of this.
  • If using this book as an introduction to Passover as part of a broader discussion of various spring holidays, use the glossary to assist in teaching the vocabulary and other concepts introduced in the book.
  • To use this book as an opportunity to practice sequencing events, make reduced-size copies of each page, present them out of order and have the children put them into the correct order. Use temporal markers such as, first, next, then and last to support the sequencing structure.
  • This book depicts a large family and could be used to introduce extended family members such as grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
  • If using this book to prepare a child for attending a Passover feast, read one time as an introduction and then read it again and encourage the child to predict what comes next in the sequence of events while reading the story.
  • For older children, explain the connection between rescuing the cat and the story of Passover.

Submitted by: Karen S Head, MS, CCC-SLP

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The Little Red Elf

 

Title: The Little Red Elf

 Author: Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Description: A play on the Little Red Hen, the little elf tries to get her friends to help her plant and grow a Christmas tree. The penguin, the hare and the reindeer choose to be lazy or do what they want rather than help their friend. They learn their lesson at the end of the story. hey

Goals/ objectives:

  • Early narrative (simple sequence story)
  • Past tense
  • Teamwork
  • Perspective taking
  • Early prediction
  • Question formulation/”who” questions

Why I like this story: Adorable pictures with lots of language opportunities. I’m a big fan of the original Little Red Hen, and this is a fun holiday spin.

Ideas for use:

  • simple story sequence to retell with repetition. Use the pictures and incorporate “first, next, then, etc.”
  • The little elf does lots of actions as she does all the work. A great story to elicit past tense verbs, with clear pictures and lots of opportunities (i.e. shoveled, cleaned, painted, etc.)
  • A good story for a group to stress “teamwork” and and “many hands make light the work” concept. A good message for this time of year as well. Have kids think about how they can help others…an obvious opportunity for some perspective taking.
    • Have children predict what the little elf will have to do next to care for a tree. First plant.. what do you think will be next? (water, bring in the house, decorate, etc.)
  • There is lots of opportunity to model, “Who will help me….” both for expressive and receptive “wh” question goals.
  • The pictures offer opportunity for emotions and perspective taking. Use thinking bubbles to assist kids understand what characters are thinking and why

Submitted by Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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Send Thank You Notes with the Talking Train app

 

Another use of our Talking Train app is for parents and therapists alike. Parents can have their children “write” the dreaded thank you notes from the holidays, using the app. Take/import pictures of the gift, your child playing with it, etc. and some brief words or drawings thanking them for the gift.

 

You can even record the child’s voice thanking the gift-giver. Then email the note and voila, you’re done!

 

As a therapist, you can use this activity as a pragmatic/perspective taking activity. Why do we write thank you notes? How will it make the gift-giver feel when they see you enjoying the gift? What would be appropriate words to thank someone for a gift? You get the idea. Would be great to pair with thinking/speaking bubbles to aid in understanding if necessary. Download the app now from the Talking Train - all4mychild and get started sending those notes :)

NOTE: If the gift-giver doesn’t have an iOS device, you can use  Switch to convert the .caf file to an mp3.  That way it can be heard on any device.

Submitted by Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

For more ideas on how to use the Talking Train app, check out these reviews from SpeechieApps and SpeechTimeFun

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