using Hello, World! Backyard Bugs in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

​/b/ initial
/g/ medial
/z/ final

Themes:

spring
bugs
exploration
nature

Book Details:

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

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs

By Jill McDonald

Young children love to look at bugs. Here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about the insects in their backyards—with colors, sounds, sizes, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“Chomp! A bright red ladybug munches on a leaf. Point to each of its spots.”) It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

This educational spring and bug themed book can be used in speech therapy to address verbs and adjectives when describing. It is also great for discussing facts about bugs and targeting /b/, /g/ and /z/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hello, World! Backyard Bugs in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
illustration study
adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
text features

Vocabulary:

backyard, explore, buzzing, hive, dragonflies, swoosh, spin, silk, web, grasshopper, leap, chirp, cricket, ladybug, munch, march, burrow, caterpillar, butterfly, nectar, pollen

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

large text
change in font
change in text color
asterisks
facts
directions

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