Doesn’t this picture make you feel all warm and cozy inside? I love books (coffee and cookies too)! In fact when I was pregnant with my first son, I laid down the law with my husband. I could buy as many books for my children as I wanted, no questions asked, no arguments. I think he agreed because he was smart enough not to argue with a pregnant woman. But my point was that books are not just a luxury, they are a necessity for little (and big) minds! Over time I learned to feed my book habit in a more budget friendly way at our local library, garage sales and at thrift stores. I still use many of those sweet books I bought years ago, in therapy today.
In talking with some of my CFs the past few weeks as we worked through scheduling and therapy lesson plans, I brought up the idea of thematic planning and using book companions to address a variety of goal areas. In the past few weeks, I have seen some fantastic companions made by SLPs on TeachersPayTeachers (search book companions and prepare to be amazed), facebook, and Instagram. I bought Speech Sanity’s “There Was An Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider” product last week during the #SeptSLPMustHave sale. (*BTW, there is a 50% off sale on a TPT product for a select group of SLPs on the 7th of each month. Search #OctSLPMustHave on October 7th in TPT for the next event). It has enough variety to cover receptive language, expressive language, vocabulary, following directions, articulation, turn taking games, and more, already made and ready to print and go!
I struggle with the difference between a want and a need when it comes to TPT materials and clip art, but here are a few of my wish list book companions for Fall:
While I don’t plan to do ALL of my speech therapy around a book companion, it’s a nice compliment to have in my arsenal of materials. I sprinkle in benchmark and goal probes, games, curriculum based activities, cooking adventures and music/movement. What’s your favorite book companion? Share here! Now excuse me while I go put on my jammies and curl up with a good book and some cookies on this cool Fall night!