speech and language teaching concepts for Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/ng/ final
/sk/ initial
/sh/ initial
/z/ final
/s/ initial
/air/ final (where)


back to school

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

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes

By James Dean

Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song…because it’s all good.

This fun back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address describing through various adjectives and verbs. It is also great for targeting the following sounds: /sh/, /sk/, /ng/, and /p/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (present progressive)
text features
repetitive text


order of places around the school where Pete wears his school shoes


library, lunch room, playground, office, direction, worry


Pete the Cat overcomes his worries about starting school with his school shoes.

What does Pete the Cat do to be brave?
What helps you when you feel worried?
Why might Pete the Cat feel worried?


verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

repetitive text
font changes and sizes
font color
exclamation points
question marks

Phonological Awareness:



How do you think Pete the Cat feels about going to school?


Where do you think Pete will go next?
Do you think he will like school?
What will he do instead of feeling worried?

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.