using The Easter Egg in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/p/ medial
/g/ final

Themes:

spring
Easter
caring for someone
helping others
being proud of yourself
kindness

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Easter Egg

By Jan Brett

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he declares the empty blue eggshell the very best one to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

This gorgeously illustrated spring and Easter book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like being proud of your work, caring for someone, and helping others. It is also great for character analysis, predicting and for targeting a variety of verbs as well as for /h/, /p/, and /g/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Easter Egg in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message​
problem solving​
character analysis​
sequencing​
illustration study​
social/emotional​
predicting​
adjectives
verbs​ (action)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (mental state)

Sequencing:

order of events that leads to Hoppi winning the contest

Character Analysis:

Hoppi goes from caring about trying to please the Easter Bunny with a dazzling egg, to making one that is right for him to being a brave little bunny taking care of a robin egg.

Social/Emotional:

Hoppi hopes to make an egg that he is proud of, even if he doesn’t win. When Hoppi finds an egg needing care he puts his mission aside to help the Mother Robin.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs​ (action)
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (linguistic)
verbs (mental state)

Predicting:

How do you think he will decorate his egg?
What do you think he will ask each animal for or get from each animal?
What do you think he will do when he finds the egg from Mother Robin’s nest?
Where do you think the Easter Rabbit is going with the wagon?
Who do you think will win the contest?

Problem Solving:

Hoppi learns to put his wants aside and takes care of a robin egg he finds in need.

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.