using The Love Letter in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/er/
/fr/
/v/ final

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
friendship
love

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Love Letter

By Anika Aldamuy Denise

Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel are best friends. One day, they each find a letter. But not just any letter… Someone loves them. But who? The answer may surprise you!

This heartwarming Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like emotions associated with feeling loved and friendship. It is also great for predicting and for targeting character analysis as well as for targeting sounds including: /l/ initial, /er/, /fr/ and /v/ final! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Love Letter in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing

theme/message
inferencing

character analysis
text features

illustration study
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (mental state)
repetitive text ​​

Sequencing:

sequence of animals that read the letter

Vocabulary:

frazzled, grumbling, unusual, ordinary, meadow, gathering, cheerful, delighted, helpful, splendid, anxious, carefree, courage, bicker

Character Analysis:

The animals feel loved and it changes their perspective on life and the things and people around them.

What did it mean if Hedgehog was in a prickly mood?
How did Bunny normally feel about doing chores?
How did Squirrel normally feel about things being messy?
How did their attitudes change?

Social/Emotional:

The animals all act differently when they know that they are loved.

complex emotions

Figurative Language:

metaphors

Grammar:

verbs (mental state)
synonyms for emotions

Text Features:

italics
love letter
repetitive text

Inferencing:

How did he feel after he read the letter?
How do you think Hedgehog normally felt when Bunny beat him at leap log and when Squirrel asked to share his lunch?
What do you think Bunny is thinking when she asks him to walk her home?
How do you think she feels when his expression is cheerful about this?
How did the letter change Bunny’s mood?
What did the Squirrel think when Bunny came with more acorns?
How does Squirrel feel when he reads the letter?
What did they all think on their way to the meadow?
What did Bunny and Hedgehog think when Squirrel pulled out the letter?
How is the moon a good friends to Mouse?
How did they feel at the end? Why?

Predicting:

What do you think the letter says?
Where do you think he’s going to go?
What will Bunny think when she reads the letter?
What will Squirrel think when he reads the letter?
What do you think will happen when they get to the meadow?
What do you think will happen to the letter?
What do you think Mouse will say?
Who do you think the letter was for?

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.