speech and language teaching concepts for When Spring Comes in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/spr/

Themes:

Spring
changing of seasons

Book Details:

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

When Spring Comes

By Kevin Henkes

In this beautiful book for young children, Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And acclaimed artist Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the newborn spring. Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it! In a starred review, The Horn Book said, “This joyful reflection is as welcome as spotting the first brave crocus.”

This fun Spring book can be used in speech therapy to discuss the changing of seasons. It is also great for noticing alliteration and for targeting describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using When Spring Comes in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
illustration study
adjectives
phonological awareness
inferencing
repetitive text

Vocabulary:

garden, wait, seed, mud, puddles, blossoms, smaller

Figurative Language:

personification- “it changes its mind”

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:

alliteration

Inferencing:

Why do the trees look like black sticks before Spring comes?
How will Spring make the snow mounds smaller?
How does Spring turn the grass green?
What does spring feel like?
What does spring smell like?
What does spring sound like?
What changes do think will happen when Summer comes?

If you are interested in seeing other Spring books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy