using Bear in Love in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/air/

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
kindness
friendship

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Bear in Love

By Daniel Pinkwater

One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it’s sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Did someone leave it for him? Then there are two more of the sweet crunchy things the next morning! The bear knows that someone nice is leaving him these treats. If only he could discover who it is! Should he leave something tasty in return?

This charming Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like sharing and kindness. It is also great for predicting and for targeting repetitive text and verbs (mental state) as well as the /air/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bear in Love in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

compete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
character analysis
sequencing
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (mental state)
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of treats bear and bunny exchange with each other

Vocabulary:

cave, crawl, clearing, bushy, crunchy, bunch, hollow, mouth, flit

Character Analysis:

Bear and bunny share treats with one another and become friends.

Social/Emotional:

sharing
gift giving

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (mental state)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

alliteration

Predicting:

Who do you think left two carrots out for Bear?
What do you think will happen when Bear comes out of his cave the next morning?
What do you think Bear will do with all the honey? Do you think it will work?
What do you think will happen when Bear sets out the blueberries?
Who do you think Bear will meet in the end?

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.