using I Love You Already in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/air/
/k/ final
/n/ initial

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
friendship
compromise
perspectives

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

I Love You Already

By Jory John

Bear can't wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. But his persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll . . . with Bear. He just wants Bear to like him already. . .

This quirky Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship, compromise, and different perspectives. It is also great for adjectives and for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I Love You Already in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode 

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
text features

Vocabulary:

stroll, pleasant, arguments, quality, suppose, relaxing. chum

Character Analysis:

Bear and Duck have different opinions on how to spend their day. They both value each other’s friendship but maybe don’t say it enough.

Social/Emotional:

Duck and Bear struggle to put themselves in each other’s shoes to see each of their perspectives.

What compromise do you think they could have made?
What could Bear do to show Duck his appreciation for their friendship?
What could Duck do to show Bear his appreciation for their friendship?
Have you ever felt the desire to be alone? Why?
What do you do to show your friends you appreciate them?

Grammar:

adjectives​

Text Features:

bold font
itallics
large font
capitals
question marks
exclamation marks

Inferencing:

How do you think Bear will feel about Duck’s invitation?
How does Bear feel when Duck is at the door? How do you know?
How does Duck feel about going on a walk with Bear?
How does Bear feel when his rest is interrupted?
How does Bear feel when Duck falls?
What is Bear thinking at the end?

Predicting:

What do you think Duck might ask Bear to do together?
What do you think Duck will do when Bear rests under the tree?

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.