using The Way I Feel in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial


feelings and emotions

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Way I Feel

By Janan Cain

Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in her/his life.

The Way I Feel is a great book to grab off your shelf if you are learning about different emotions with your students. The illustrations convey the emotions with the characters’ body language and facial expressions. This book also has action verbs associated with each emotion. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Way I Feel in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

figurative language
verbs (actions)
text features
phonological awareness
problem solving


silly, scared, disappointed, happy, angry, etc.


facial expressions
body language

Figurative Language:

symbolism- colors that represent the different emotions


verbs (action)

Text Features:

change in font
change in text size
animated font to convey the meaning of the specific emotions

Phonological Awareness:



disappointed- Why do you think her friend can no longer come over?
bored- What do you think he planned on doing today?

Problem Solving:

What can you do when you feel frustrated, angry, sad, scared, etc.?