speech and language teaching concepts for Our Class is a Family in speech therapy​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kl/ initial
/s/ initial, medial and final (class, respect, safe)
/fr/ initial
/l/ initial and medial (love, family)


back to school

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Our Class is a Family

By Shannon Olsen

Teachers do so much more than just teach academics. They build a sense of community within their classrooms, creating a home away from home where they make their students feel safe, included, and loved. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where it’s safe to be themselves, it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s important to be a friend to others.

This heartfelt rhyming back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like creating a sense of family at school. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting /kl/, /s/, /fr/ and /l/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Our Class is a Family in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence​

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
phonological awareness​ 


family, related, respect, kindness, memories, common, connections, celebrate, differences, unique, haven


This book shows how when we show respect and care just like we would for our family members we can create a safe place to learn where we have each others backs.

Phonological Awareness:



How can there be different types of families?
What do you think makes you part of someones family?
Why is it important to have a family?
What does it mean to create or have a sense of family?
How do we treat someone who is part of our family?
If we show respect to one another then what kind of memories would we create?
How can we feel safe in our classroom?

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.