Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wild About Books...If you take a mouse to school

Have you started back to school yet? I’ve been back for over a week! How did summer go by so quickly?!?! Oh, well! I am super excited to get to know some fantastic new kiddos and see what kind of progress we can make! If you know me well, or at all, then you know I love using books for therapy! I think literacy is super important for all students, but especially for our speech and language students!!! Since I love books in therapy so much I am joining Scarlett over at Speech Is Sweet for her weekly “Wild About Books Wednesday” linky party. 

In honor of the start of another school year, I want to talk about a book you probably already know! Do you love the Laura Numeroff books too? Lets talk about “If You Take A Mouse To School.” I’m going to tell you a little about this book, show you how I use it in therapy and let you take a peek into my book companion for this book. 

Here's a link to check out my book companion. 
Here’s a link to check out the book on Amazon

In “If You Take A Mouse To School”, this sweet little mouse is headed to school with his human friend. Of course they have to get ready, catch the bus, put their belongings away, go to class, learn new things, have lunch, get into some type of trouble, play and go back home to rest before the next day. This precious mouse is busy as a bee. 

How do I use this book in therapy?
  1. Vocabulary: You know I love teaching vocabulary! There are so many school related items to teach in this book! Here is one of the pages from my book companion to address basic school supplies/vocabulary. 
  2. Sequencing: You can have the students put the scenes in order and have them retell the story. Want to relate this skill to daily tasks? Talk about your daily schedule, what happens first in their day, what happens last in their day and have them tell you about what they learn in their classes. 
  3. Comprehension Questions: Ask your kids questions related back to the text. Need extra visuals...just open up the book. Ask them general questions about their day. When they do things, why they do things, where they do things, etc.
  4. Object Functions: Talk about why or how you use various school supplies. 
  5. Cause and Effect: Talk about what happens after various events in the book. The mouse writes a book=you hear the book. 
Click the picture above to be directed to my book companion for this book.
Here are the skills addressed: 
1)  Vocabulary     
2) Sequencing       
3) Comprehension     
4) Object Functions     
5) Pronouns          
6) Same and Different
7) Big and Little    
8) Following Directions       
9) Some Things About Me

How would you use this book in therapy?
Head over to Speech Is Sweet to see some other great books!


See you soon, 



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