using Mrs. Wish Washys Farm in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sh/ medial
/ar/ (farm, barn)
/k/ initial (cow)
/k/ final (duck)
/g/ final (pig)
/p/ initial (pig)


learning a lesson

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm

By Joy Cowley

Uh-oh. Mrs. Wishy-Washy is at it again. Rubbing and scrubbing all the animals on the farm. But this time they aren’t standing for it. Duck, Cow, and Pig are leaving mean old Mrs. Wishy-Washy for good…but they might regret it!

This fun farm-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address rhyming. It is also rich with Tier 2 vocabulary and great for targeting the medial /sh/ sound. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
prepositional phrases
verbs (linguistic)
repetitive text
phonological awareness


order of where the animals go


scrub, barn, suds, achey, city, anxious, cage, cheer, animal jail, huddle, bliss, moans


notice the facial expressions
discuss being thankful for what you have
discuss the how the animals felt throughout the story (dislike, unhappy, fear, relief)

Figurative Language:

simile- “…as a farm stampede.”
idiom- “in two shakes of a tail.”
onomatopoeias- animal sounds, and “chug-chug-chug”


verbs (action)
prepositional phrases
verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

repetitive text: “Wishy-washy” “Oh, bliss!”
question marks
exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:



How do you think the pig feels about being washed?
How do you think the duck feels about being washed?
Why do they think Mrs. Wishy Washy is mean?
Why do you think Mrs. Wishy Washy washes the animals?
How do you think the city is wild?
Why do you think the chef is angry?
How do you think the animals feel when they see the chef?
Why do you think the animals are unhappy?
How do you think the animals feel when they realize Mrs. Wishy-Washy is here?
Why do you think the animals are happy to be back at the farm?


Where do you think the animals will go?
What do think the animals will do in the city?
What do you think the people will think when they see the animals in the city?
Where will the animals go next?
Who do you think is driving the old farm truck?
Where do you think the animals will go next?
What do you think will happen when they get back to the farm?

If you are interested in using Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm and other farm- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion. 

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.