The illustrations in the entire book are very adorable. It was super cute to see how the faces of my little students just lit up by seeing them on each page. I also saw how they anticipated seeing the next page and hoped for a page turn. The illustrations shown are engaging!
In addition to reading the book during the session, I also modeled the sign for each age appropriate word that was shown, and then utilized a visual phonic for the final consonant for each targeted word. These three students all attempted either the sign, phonic and/or verbalization for each word. I also liked how each page encouraged three attempts of the word. This too is similar to how I approach word targets (three repetitions) to help increase consistently and overall production.
The /t/ section included the following words: hat, bat, hot, eat and boat. Here is picture of the hat pages. The owl is beyond cute.
The /k/ section targets the words of: book, kick, cake, bike, and duck. The sweet and cute illustrations continued to help my students stay engaged. The book was just the right length for a young child’s attention span. Each session with my students was fun and productive. I wrote each word on a take home practice sheet (from our Easter Eggstravaganza unit) and provided supplemental visual phonic sheets for the /p/, /t/ and /k/ for each family. A parent for these little ones participated in each session with us so I knew they were more then capable to provide continued home carryover practice with their child.
I highly recommended this book to be part of all pediatric speech-language pathologists therapy materials. It is also perfect for parents of children working on developing their early words as it has a very useful parent guide in the beginning which will assist them in how to best read it to their children.
A copy of this book was provided to me by, Cara Tambellini for the sake of this review. The opinions are my own and result from the direct use of the book in a therapeutic setting. Cara is generously providing a free copy to one of the readers of this review today. Thank you Cara! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win a copy of this great book!
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Author bio:- Cara Tambellini Danielson is a California licensed and ASHA Certified Speech- Language Pathologist. She received her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. Cara specializes in pediatric speech and language development. She currently lives in Santa Monica, California where she works in elementary schools, early intervention, and her part-time private practice.