using Kite Day in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/b/ initial
/m/ initial and final (Mole, make, storm)

Themes:

spring
kites

Book Details:

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

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story

By Will Hillenbrand

On a windy spring day, Bear sniffs the air.  Could it be. . . Kite day Rushing home he tells Mole, and the two fast friends get to work building a kite of their own. They study, and collect, and measure, and construct—and soon, their kite is flying high above the meadow. But when a storm rumbles in—SNAP!—the kite string breaks, and all their hard work soars away. Chasing after it, Mole and Bear discover all is not lost—wedged in the branches of a tree, their kite protects a nest of baby birds from the pouring rain. Strong verbs, repetitive phrases, and fun-to-read sounds keep young listeners and readers engaged with the story, while the gentle illustrations add detail and quiet humor.

This creative spring book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting, sequencing, and a variety of verbs (linguistic and regular past tense). It is also great for noticing onomatopoeias and for targeting /b/, /k/, and /m/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Kite Day in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary           
sequencing
figurative language
predicting
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)​
text features

Sequencing:

order of constructing and flying the kite

Vocabulary:

wonder, tilted, whiff, kite, rushed, collect, studied, snatch, construct, meadow, soar, gust, plunged, urge, pelt

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias

Grammar:

verbs (linguistic)
verbs (regular past tense)​

Text Features:

change in color
change in font

Predicting:

What do you think Bear sees or wants to do?
What do you think he needs to make a kite?
How do you think they will make it?
What do you think Bear will do when the string breaks and the weather gets dark and windy?
What do you think will happen at the end?

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.