speech and language teaching concepts for The Big Umbrella in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/br/ medial (umbrella)
/l/ medial (umbrella)
/er/ (under)

Themes:

kindness
acceptance

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Big Umbrella

By Amy June Bates

By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have. Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.

This heart-warming kindness themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance. It is also great for targeting inferencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Big Umbrella in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
character analysis
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional

Vocabulary:

umbrella, friendly, help, shelter, gather

Character Analysis:

The big umbrella helps everyone despite their differences.
Everyone feels accepted by the big umbrella.

Social/Emotional:

kindness
inclusion – no matter the differences

Figurative Language:

personification

Inferencing:

How does the big umbrella help each person?
How does it make each person feel to have the big umbrella help them?
How can we help all different kinds of people?