using There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

​/sw/ initial
/kl/ initial
/th/ initial (there)
/l/ initial and medial
/v/ medial
/er/ final
/air/ final

Themes:

spring
St. Patrick’s Day
celebration

Book Details:

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

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

By Lucille Colandro

There was an Old Lady who swallowed things over and over, and now she's come back to swallow a clover! She's back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Now she's swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.

This fun rhyming, repetitive spring and St. Patrick's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, predicting including “what” and “why” questions, subjective pronoun (she) and a variety of verbs. It is also great for targeting /sw/ and /kl/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence 

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
sequencing
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
negation (don’t know why, didn’t, wasn’t not)
wh questions (why, what)
pronoun (subject-she)
repetitive text
phonological awareness
illustration study
predicting

Sequencing:

sequence of item sold lady swallowed

Vocabulary:

clover, daisy, brighten, butterfly, sigh, absurd, glide, riddle, fiddle, leprechaun

Grammar:

verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
negation (don’t know why, didn’t, wasn’t not)
wh questions (why, what)
pronoun (subject-she)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

What do you think she will swallow next?
Why do you think she is swallowing ___?

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.