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Books - Language


We use the following books frequently to work on language skills. Next to each book we have listed some of the skills we like to work on as we read them with our clients.


Body Parts Making Choices
Finger Plays Nursery Rhymes
Past Tense Opposites
Questions Same & Different
Seasons Numbers & Alphabet
Plurals Prepositions
Our Favorites Negation
Idioms Similes and Metaphors
Synonyms Antonyms


Our Favorite Children's Language Books

Maisy's Pop-Up Playhouse

Concepts: Categories, labeling objects, following directions, eliciting sentences.
Our Suggestions: A must-have pop-up, portable playhouse! This book is adorable and great for language. Practice pretend play as Maisy dresses, bathes or showers, cooks and plays. Three sheets of pop-out accessories include clothes, dishes, food, etc. which can be placed in the closets and cupboards. Work on vocabulary by labeling objects, teach your child spatial orientation and following directions (ie "Put the pie in the oven"). Teach your child categories ("Where are Maisy's clothes?"). Encourage your child to talk about what he/she is doing ("Maisy is eating").


Baby! Talk!

Concepts: First words and First Concepts.
Our Suggestions: A wonderful book for first words. Practice concepts like Uh-oh and Peek-a-boo in a way your child will love.


Assorted books for the Bathtub

Concepts: Castle, jungle, and farm words.
Our Suggestions: Learn new words in the bathtub. Make different sounds that correspond to each book as you read the story to your child during bathtime.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? & Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Concepts: Question structure, child prediction, simple rhyming, colors.
Our Suggestions: Read these books to your child and have your child answer the “What” questions. See if your child can ask you the questions. These are great stories for child prediction because of their sing-songy rhythm, repetition, and rhyming. To practice child prediction, have your child fill in the missing word: "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you ___?" Add simple gestures for the words "you, see, I, me" so that your child can participate even if they can't yet speak.


Baby Danced the Polka

Concepts: Child prediction, rhyming.
Our Suggestions: This books is one of our favorites! It is wonderful for child prediction because of its sing-songy rhythm, repetition, and rhyming. Read aloud with child a few times and then allow child to fill in the rhyming animal names ie. "It was naptime on the farm. The animals drifted off to sleep. The barn was filled with yawning cows. And pigs and goats and ____" (Sheep).

Corduroy

Concepts: Pronouns
Our Suggestions: Pronouns are words that stand for a name (I, you, he, she, him, her, they, them). Try to stress pronouns in sentences to draw your child’s attention to them. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. ex. He is a teddy bear. She wants Corduroy. They went home.

The Runaway Bunny

Concepts: Pronouns
Our Suggestions: Pronouns are words that stand for a name (I, you, he, she, him, her, they, them). Try to stress pronouns in sentences to draw your child’s attention to them. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. ex. She is fishing. He is swimming. She is climbing. He is running away.

Spot’s Birthday Party

Concepts: Prepositions
Our Suggestions: Prepositions are words that indicate location. Try to stress prepositions in sentences to draw your child’s attention to them. Encourage your child to say the prepositions as they encounter them in the books. Praise “good talking.” In the following book, your child will have fun finding the alligator under the carpet and the bear behind the curtain.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Concepts: Past Tense, rhyming
Our Suggestions: Past tense is the “-ed” form or irregular past tenses such as sat and ate. As your child learns the “-ed” form, he or she may begin to say “eated” instead of “ate”. Don’t worry - this is normal. The “-ed” is hard to hear. Try and stress this as you talk as well as the meaning of “-ed”. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. Praise “good talking”. ex. She swallowed a fly.

I Can't Said the Ant

Concepts: Rhyming
Our Suggestions: Read aloud with child a few times and then allow child to fill in the rhyming words. Pause and look at your child when it is his turn so that he knows you are waiting for him to "help you read".

Big Red Barn

Concepts: Past Tense
Our Suggestions: Past tense is the “-ed” form or irregular past tenses such as sat and ate. As your child learns the “-ed” form, he or she may begin to say “eated” instead of “ate”. Don’t worry - this is normal. The “-ed” is hard to hear. Try and stress this as you talk as well as the meaning of “-ed”. Encourage your child to repeat your sentence. Praise “good talking”. ex. The horses stomped in the hay. The bats flew away.

Chicken Soup with Rice

Concepts: Counting, months of the year, holidays
Our Suggestions: Ask your child, “What happens in December?, When is your Birthday?, and Name the months of the year."

He Bear, She Bear

Concepts: Community workers, -ing, possessives, clothing with pronouns
Our Suggestions: Ask your child, “What is she doing?, Whose is that?"

The Very Hungary Catapillar

Concepts: Counting, vocabulary
Our Suggestions: Make a chomping sound for the number of times the catapillar eats through each fruit. After your child becomes familiar with the story, allow your child fill in the blank as you read, "On Monday the catepillar ate through one ____."

Sticker Word Flashcards

Concepts: Vocabulary, Recepive and Expressive language, concepts, Listening comprehension.
Our Suggestions: Children love this. Practice the words as you take off the stickers. We like helping our clients make our own make believe stories. Start a little book of white paper the say, "Once upon a time in a far off land, there was a _____... " Allow your child to fill in the blank and add a sticker to the page.
Naming
Body
Parts




Making
Choices





Finger
Plays


Nursery
Rhymes

and

Songs

Past
Tense
Books

Books
about
Opposites

Questions

example:
What if?
Same
and
Different

Seasons






Alphabet
and
Numbers




Plurals






Spatial
Concepts
and
Prepositions



Negation



Idioms



Similes

and

Metaphors
Antonyms



Synonyms



 
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