speech and language teaching concepts for The Littlest Valentine in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/v/ initial
/l/ medial
/m/ medial

Themes:

Valentine’s Day

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Littlest Valentine

By Brandi Dougherty

From the New York Times bestselling author that brought us The Littlest Pilgrim comes a sweet new Valentine's Day companion filled with family, food, and love. Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can't seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries. Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine's Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little? A sweet Valentine's Day story to share with the littlest of readers!

This adorable Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to target predicting and inferencing. It is also great for working on problem solving. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Littlest Valentine in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
problem solving
character analysis
sequencing
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (mental state)
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)

Sequencing:

order of events of how Emma helped her family

Vocabulary:

holiday, balloons, card, squeeze, grumpy, gathered, customers, job

Character Analysis:

Emma finds a way to use her skills to help the family business on Valentine’s Day.
She learns that being “little” is a gift.

Social/Emotional:

confidence
persistence
family
love

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)

Inferencing:

Why is Emma sad?
How will her new puppy help with the family business?

Predicting:

What will Emma’s job be?

Problem Solving:

Emma finds a way to help her family business when she finds a little puppy.

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy