Welcome to another edition of Wild About Books Wednesday! If you're new to the blog, each Wednesday I choose a book and discuss how it can be used in speech-language therapy. Also, if you're a fellow blogger please join the linky party! All you have to do is use the picture below and link up with a new or recent post about how you use a specific book in therapy.
I always begin with a nice think aloud (another fantastic strategy, for another Wild Wednesday haha). I read the first page of A Bad Case of Stripes and I literally stop after each sentence and explain the picture I'm painting in my brain. Example: "Camilla Cream loved lima beans." then I would say... "I am making a picture of a little girl in my brain, she's sitting in front of a plate of lima beans and smiling because she loves lima beans." After my extensive modeling on the first page, my students begin to take the reins.
I pass out dry erase boards and equip each student with an arsenal of dry erase markers. We stop at frequent intervals so that each student can stop and sketch what they are seeing in their mind. We discuss their sketches and then we compare the pictures we made in our head to the pictures David Shannon illustrated (I don't show them the book's illustrations until after they talk about their own pictures). This is such a fun and engaging activity. I can't even tell you how much students love sketching and how much they love this story! It truly is perfect for introducing students to visualization! Camilla's transformation in this book is very alarming, as she wakes up one day covered in rainbow stripes (what a mental picture that makes) and quickly becomes unrecognizable as the story progresses. She becomes a brightly colored pill, sprouts roots and tails, and even melts into her bedroom! It's a wild journey.
Have you used this book in therapy? What are your ideas? Have a wild Wednesday!