using Lola Plants a Garden in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/g/ initial
/pl/
/ar/

Themes:

spring
nature
gardening
family
friendship
poetry

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Lola Plants a Garden

By Anna McQuinn

How does your garden grow? Book-loving Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mommy. She wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mommy go to the library to check out books about gardening. They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait. Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book. Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers. Her curiosity and love of books is infectious. Rosalind Beardshaw's beautiful illustrations highlight Lola's close-knit family and how they use stories and books to interact with their world. Lola's brightly colored and growing garden is the perfect surrounding for this bright little girl.

This sweet spring book can be used in speech therapy to address the sequence of growing a garden, adjectives and sounds including: /l/ initial, /g/ initial, /pl/, and/ar/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Lola Plants a Garden in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary​
theme/message
sequencing
adjectives

Sequencing:

sequence of planting a flower garden

Vocabulary:

list, bell, crunchy, garden, packet, seed, shiny, shell, shoots, vegetable, weeds, flower, petal, stem, leaf

Grammar:

adjectives

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.