speech and language teaching concepts for Froggy Learns to Swim in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fr/ initial
/g/ medial
/l/ blends (flopped, climbed, flippers, flip, flop)
/s/ blends (splash, swim, swing, mask, snorkel, spluttered)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Froggy Learns to Swim

By Jonathan London

Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. “Not me!” says Froggy, who’s afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker!

This classic summer book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like conquering your fears. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for linguistic verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Froggy Learns to Swim in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study​
figurative language​
verbs (linguistic​)
text features​


order of events that leads to Froggy learning how to swim

Character Analysis:

Froggy is afraid to learn how to swim and keeps procrastinating by getting things he doesn’t really need to learn how to swim. His mom is patient with him, but when he is left on his own he finally realizes that he can do it.


Froggy learns to conquer his fear and learns to believe in himself.

Figurative Language:



verbs (linguistic​)

Text Features:

change in font size
elongated sounds


How does Froggy feel about swimming?
How does Froggy’s mom feel when she sees him flying through the air?
What does Froggy’s mom think when he says he’s drowning?
Why do you think Froggy is whining?
Why do you think Froggy went to get his flippers?
What does his mom think about him getting the mask and snorkel?
How did he feel if his face was more red than green?
How did he feel about losing his bathing suit?
How does Froggy feel about finally swimming?
How do his parents feel when he won’t get out?

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