using the very best pumpkin in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/er/ final
/p/ initial

Themes:

pumpkins
fall

Book Details:

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

The Very Best Pumpkin

By Mark Moulton

Growing up on Mimi and Papa’s farm, Peter knows a lot about caring for pumpkins. One summer Peter finds a lonely pumpkin all by itself in the field, and with his tender care, the pumpkin flourishes. By autumn, it’s the very best pumpkin of all, and Peter wants to keep it for himself. But when a young girl shows up at the farm in quest of a perfect pumpkin, will Peter pass on his prized pumpkin and gain a friend?

This sweet pumpkin-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address a variety of grammar concepts, such as adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases. It is also great for targeting /er/ in the final position! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Very Best Pumpkin in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (mental state)
verbs (regular past tense)
adverbs
adjectives
prepositional phrases
vocabulary

Vocabulary:

winding, plump, crop, tending, curlicue, traveled, curious, cautiously, clambered, surprise, soil, folks, dandy, rambling

Grammar:

verbs (mental state)
prepositional phrases
verbs (regular past tense)
adjectives
adverbs

Text Features:

italics
ellipsis

If you are interested in seeing other pumpkin-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.