speech and language teaching concepts for My New Friend is So Fun in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial
/r/ medial
/br/ initial
/p/ initial
/g/ medial
/sn/ initial
/k/ final
/fr/ initial

Themes:

back to school
friendship
sharing

Book Details:

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

My New Friend is So Fun

By Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?

This quirky back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like making new friends and learning to share friends and time with one another. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting predicting as well as for /j/, /r/, /br/, /p/, /g/, /sn/, /k/ and /fr/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using My New Friend is So Fun in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
text features

Social/Emotional:

Gerald and Snake are worried that Piggie and Brian Bat will forget about them when they have so much fun together. In the end, they all realize they can be friends with each other all together.

Text Features:

italics
ellipses
capitals
speech bubbles
exclamation marks
question marks
change in text size

Inferencing:

How does Gerald feel about Brian Bat?
What about Snake?
Why does Gerald say that Piggie is his best friend like that?
How do you think Gerald really feels about Piggie and Brian hanging out?
What does Gerald think about them having too much fun without them?
How do Gerald and Snake feel?
Why does Gerald come to a screeching halt?
Why are they confused?
How do Gerald and Snake feel when they tell them how much fun they are having?
Why do you think they didn’t say anything at the end?

Predicting:

How do you think they could have too much fun?
What do you think Gerald will do next?
What do you think Gerald will do when he sees them having fun?
What do you think Piggie and Brian will tell them?
What do you think the drawings will show?

If you are interested in seeing other back to school books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.