speech and language teaching concepts for Hogwash in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ar/ medial
/er/ final
/th/ final
/sh/ final
/g/ medial and final



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary


By Karma Wilson

Farmer's stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along… sometimes a mud bath is even better! New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson's clever rhyming versewill engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan's illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!

This funny rhyming farm book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, predicting, and inferencing. It is also great for targeting idioms and for targeting /ar/, /er/, th/, /sh/ and /g/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hogwash in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving​
figurative language
verbs (regular past tense)
phonological awareness​


order of attempts and consequences of attempts to try to give the pigs a bath


hog, duds, lather, suds, dandy, grime, grub, riled, grin, crafty, mission, ammunition, crop dust, splendid

Figurative Language:

idioms (hogwash, hog wild, pigheaded)


verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

change in text color
change in text size

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think the hogs don’t want to let him in?
What will Farmer think when he sees the pigs now?
How did the pigs feel about his next plan?
How did Farmer feel now?
How did the pigs feel about Farmer now? Why?
Why do you think Farmer grinned with a crafty smile?
What were they all thinking when the plane went down?
Why do you think Farmer changed his mind about washing the pigs in the end?


What do you think will happen when Farmer tries to wash the hogs?
What do you think Farmer will do to get the hogs clean?
How will the pigs block themselves from the water?
What do you think Farmer will try next?
Do you think the pizza man will work? Why or why not?
What do you think he will try next?
Do you think the plane will work? Why or why not?

Problem Solving:

Farmer tries multiple attempts to wash the pigs.

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.