speech and language teaching concepts for Barn Yard Dance in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial, medial and final
/d/ medial
/b/ initial
/m/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Barnyard Dance

By Sandra Boynton

Everybody sing along—because it’s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton’s twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. The “Barnyard Dance! song, performed by John Stey, is available for download.

This fun farm book can be used in speech therapy to address action verbs and nouns. It is also great for incorporating music into sessions and for targeting animal sounds for speech development! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Barnyard Dance in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (action)
nouns (regular plural)
nouns (irregular plurals)
following directions
text features​
phonological awareness​
repetitive text​


bow, promenade, prance, skitter, trot

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (animal sounds)


verbs (action)
nouns (regular plural)
nouns (irregular plurals)
following directions

Text Features:

change in text color
repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in seeing other farm books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.