speech and language teaching concepts for I’m Sticking With You in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ vocalic (bear, squirrel)

Themes:

kindness
friendship

Book Details:

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

I’m Sticking With You

By Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Bear and Squirrel are best friends. Wherever Squirrel goes, Bear follows. Bear vows to stick with Squirrel whether he’s grumpy, or silly, or mad―which is put to the test when Bear sinks Squirrel’s canoe. And catapults him from the seesaw. And breaks his favorite mug. Finally, Squirrel has had enough. He tells Bear he needs his space―only to realize he has much more fun with his best friend around. Funny and poignant in equal measure, I'm Sticking with You shows that friendship always finds a way.

This cute rhyming kindness book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like the importance of having friends by your side. It is also great for inferencing and for targeting figurative language as well as for /r/ vocalic sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I’m Sticking With You in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
inferencing​
figurative language​
social/emotional​
text features​
phonological awareness​ 

Social/Emotional:

Bear loves squirrel and wants to do everything with him but squirrel feels like he wants some alone time too. Finally, when squirrel gets some time to himself he realizes that he is lonely without bear.

Figurative Language:

similes (like peas in a pod, like strawberries and cream, like bugs in a rug)
idioms (sticking with you, on your side, through thick and thin, pick up the pieces)

Text Features:

italics
ellipses
capitals
bold text
moving text
change in text size

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why would you stick with someone when they are grumpy or mad?
Why does squirrel keep walking away from bear?
Why does bear want to stick with squirrel?
Why do you think squirrel wants to be on his own?
How do you think squirrel feels? What about bear?
How does squirrel feel away from bear? What does he realize?