speech and language teaching concepts for My Heart in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ar/ medial

Themes:

kindness
feelings

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

My Heart

By Corinna Luyken

Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you. With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

This reflective, rhyming kindness book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like feelings of the heart and deciding how you feel. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting figurative language as well as for the /ar/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using My Heart in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence​

Narrative Concepts:

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

Social/Emotional:

The young girl explores feelings of the heart and how her heart can feel different ways but only she has the power to decide.

Figurative Language:

personification (my heart is a window, my heart can close, etc.)

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do you think her heart can be a window?
How does she feel if she lets people inside her heart?
How does she feel if her heart is cloudy and rainy?
How does she feel if her heart is tiny?
Why would her heart grow?
Why would her heart be a fence between her and the world?
How does she feel when it is?
Why would her heart be a whisper or broken sometimes?
How can we get our heart to mend?
How can your heart guide you?