using The Night Before St. Patrick's Day in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial and medial
/l/ initial
/k/ initial and final (catch, luck, trick, Patrick)
/ch/ final 



St. Patrick’s Day

Book Details:

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

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day

By Natasha Wing

It's the night before St. Patrick's Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they're shocked to find that they've actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

This funny rhyming spring and St. Patrick's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like being tricked. It is also great for illustration study, predicting, problem solving and for describing with adjectives and verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Night Before St. Patrick's Day in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:



problem solving
illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)​
phonological awareness


order of activities done to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to try to catch a leprechaun


creature, stirring, decked, den, streamers, shamrock, galore, traps, legend, wee, Irishman, nestled, snug, clatter, clatter, stare, vanish, clasped


The kids work together to make traps to catch a leprechaun. They are surprised and shocked when they see that it worked-  only to be shocked again when they get fooled by him in the end!


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)​

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think they will do to catch a leprechaun?
What do you think will happen in the morning?
How do you think they will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
What do you think they see?
Where do you think the leprechaun is?
What do you think they will see when they find him?
What do you think they will say to the leprechaun?
Do you think the leprechaun is going to tell them the truth?

Problem Solving:

The kids have to come up with a plan to catch a leprechaun.

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