speech and language teaching concepts for Pumpkin Day! in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/ch/ final

Themes:

fall
pumpkins
Halloween

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Pumpkin Day!

By Candice Ransom

Carve out family time for this Halloween early reader! Read along as a boy and his family visit a pumpkin patch to pick out perfect autumn gourds! Buoyant rhymes and joyful art evoke the excitement of the season.

This cute fall, pumpkins and Halloween book has simple text and is ideal for sequencing basic action events. It is also great for describing, identifying verbs, predicting and targeting figurative language! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pumpkin Day! in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing​
figurative language
predicting
adjectives
verbs (action)
nouns (plural)
phonological awareness​

Sequencing:

order of events from going to the pumpkin patch, picking out a pumpkin, carving it, putting it out for Halloween night

Vocabulary:

squirrels, munch, latch, patch, corn fields, barn, prize

Figurative Language:

metaphors (orange sea)
onomatopoeias (thump)
similes (big and round like pumpkin pie)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
nouns (plural)

Text Features:

ellipses

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

Where do you think they are going?
What do you think they will see past the red barn?
What do you think will happen when he goes to get the pumpkin?
What do you think they will do with the pumpkins once they get home?

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