There are so many fun and exciting things that happen in the fall months. Leaves are falling, goodies are being baked with pumpkins, and everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving. It can be an overwhelming time of year to stay focused and work on speech and language goals. Take time to use books to help with this task. There are plenty of classic and new books that may be used during your sessions. Using a story about the season will often spark ideas to use with follow-up activities.
To begin, determine what topic you would like to find books on. Without narrowing it down, it could take hours to sort through all that are available for the autumn season and holidays. Check in with other teachers to see what they may be covering with students. You may want to coordinate with them or pick a different topic to expand what kids learn during their speech and language sessions. Below are some suggestions for several popular areas to read about in November.
- What is Thanksgiving – Michelle Medlock Adams
- The Night Before Thanksgiving – Natasha Wing
- Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks – Margaret Sutherland
- Thanks for Thanksgiving – Julie Markes
- Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving – James Dean
- Thanksgiving Day – Anne Rockwell
- There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves – Lucille Colandro
- Awesome Autumn – Bruce Goldstone
- Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic – Steve Schnur
- Lucky Leaf – Kevin O’Malley
- Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage – Jane O’Connor
- From Seeds to Pumpkins – Wendy Pfeffer
- Pumpkin Town – Katie McKy
- The Very Best Pumpkin – Mark Kimball Moulton
- Pumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper
Don’t forget to think outside of the box. Pick up books on football, hibernating animals, or other topics that are a little bit different. Once you have a book to use with students, begin with a book walk. Give them time to communicate their predictions and to tell their own stories on each page. This will allow them to build confidence when speaking to a group. When finished with this, read the book together.
Books will open up many possibilities for future sessions with crafts, word studies, and more. Send home updates on what you read with families and include vocabulary for them to review. Be sure to include translations for those that are multilingual and may need this extra information for working with their children.
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