using The Easter Bunny’s Assistant in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sk/ initial
/sm/ initial
/st/ medial
/n/ medial
/er/ final

Themes:

spring
Easter
compromise

Book Details:

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

The Easter Bunny’s Assistant

By Jan Thomas

Easter Bunny decides to decorate eggs with the help of his friend, Skunk. But Skunk’s way of showing excitement drives Easter Bunny crazy. They must come up with a compromise, otherwise Skunk will be left out of the Easter celebration! This riotously funny read-aloud is a delightful tale of two friends learning to work together that also seamlessly incorporates simple instructions for dying and decorating Easter eggs.

This hilarious spring and Easter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like learning to problem solve and love our friends for who they are. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for /s/ blends, /n/, and /er/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Easter Bunny’s Assistant in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving​
character analysis​
sequencing​
illustration study​
inferencing
social/emotional​
predicting
text features​

Sequencing:

order of making and hiding the eggs, as well as learning to be around one another

Character Analysis:

Skunk has a big personality and gets excited easily. Bunny makes a big deal about Skunk’s smell and leaves him out but realizes that he isn’t being a good friend and comes up with a plan to both get what they want.

Social/Emotional:

Bunny learns to compromise and embrace Skunk’s personality and smell.

Text Features:

speech bubbles
dialogue
capitals
bold text
change in text color
ellipses

Inferencing:

How does Skunk feel about making the eggs?
How does Skunk feel when Bunny smells him?
How does Bunny feel when Skunk gets excited again? What about Skunk?
What is Bunny thinking at step 3?
What do they think about each other at the end?

Predicting:

How do you think they will make the eggs?
What do you think might happen with Skunk?
What do you think might happen again?

Problem Solving:

Skunk’s smell is distracting Bunny from their demonstration and Bunny comes up with a plan to have Skunk help while solving the problem of the smell.

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