speech and language teaching concepts for The Night Before Summer Vacation in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/k/ medial and final

Themes:

summer

Book Details:

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

The Night Before Summer Vacation

By Natasha Wing

A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there's bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist” on Clement Moore's classic.

This exciting rhyming summer book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like appreciating time with family. It is also great for sequencing, predicting and for targetingย mental state and linguistic verbs as well as for /p/ and /k/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Night Before Summer Vacation in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episodeโ€‹

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of things they had to pack to get on the road for vacation

Vocabulary:

anticipation, canoe, oar, raft, snorkel, trike, reffing, lounge, heap, shell, swell, vision, arose, clatter, gear, out of sight

Social/Emotional:

The family is excited and hurries to get ready for vacation while reminiscing of all of the good times they have had together.

Figurative Language:

simile (like a water balloon it started to swell)
personification (visions of marshmallows danced in our heads)

Grammar:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do they feel about going on vacation?
Why do you think they look at scrapbooks of old vacations?
How did they feel on vacation when it poured and was so cold?
How did they feel when they forgot Pete?
How did they feel when they were finally on the road?

Predicting:

Where do you think they are going to go?
What else do you think they need to pack?

If you are interested in seeing other summer to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book Listย for a printable copy.