Hedgehugs by Steven Wilson and Lucy Tapper is such a heart-warming story. It’s perfect for year around usage, but especially sweet around Valentine’s Day!
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Horace and Hattie are the best of friends, but they have a major problem! Since they’re both covered in spikes, they can’t hug each other. The try to solve this problem in many different ways, it’s seriously such a great story to demonstrate problem solving. Finally, they find a solution! This story will definitely infuse some love and kindness into your speech room.
I can never resist making a fun book companion! It can be found in The Speech is Sweet Club! Let’s peek inside:
There are tons of no prep worksheets that tackle everything from emotions to sequencing!
There are also a variety of sequencing activities! Story retelling is such an important skill, so there are a few different activities to help students tackle it! In one session students can color the story map and in another they can retell the story using the cut and paste page!
There is also a classic “feeding” activity included where students can retell the story in a hands-on way! This activity can also be used to build vocabulary and for describing (ex. Students describe the item on the card and then feed it to the basket). Another great way to use this activity is to create a discussion around problem solving! Talk about each solution and why it did or did not work.
Of course, there is also a flip book included! It addresses comparing/contrasting, sequencing (yes! another way to practice it), and comprehension questions!
I’ve also included a variety of interactive notebook activities!
I love hands-on activities. These can also be glued onto construction paper or loose-leaf paper if you do not have notebooks.
Comprehension clip cards are a novel and fun way to work on answering questions!
Open-ended sheets are also included! These sheets can be used as reinforcement or students can write their articulation words into the blank spaces. Other ideas: write nouns, verbs, synonyms, rhyming words, etc into the spaces! You can use bingo daubers, crayons, mini erasers, pom-poms, and essentially anything with these sheets!
There are so many different activities that are included! You can re-visit this book numerous times throughout your school year and always have something new to use alongside your read aloud!
There are so many skills that you can address with this book including:
- Time Concepts – This book takes place across all four seasons! It is such a great book to use to work on larger time concepts (seasons, months, a year). You can also discuss how all the seasons are different! That means it’s also perfect for practicing when questions! For instance, when did they try covering themselves with snow?
- Problem Solving – Discuss all the ways they tried to solve their problem! What solution worked? This story is also perfect for tackling the concept of yet! Horace and Hattie tried for an entire year to solve their problem. They never gave up!
- Describing – There are so many juicy adjectives in this book! For instance, they tried putting strawberries on their spikes.. but it was too sticky!
- Sequencing – I love love this book for sequencing! It can be sequenced by seasons and by all the things they tried!
- Social Skills – Describe how to be a good friend!
Where can you find this speech therapy book companion? There are three options:
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