I adore the entire Dinosaurs series of book for young children. Teaching manners and behavior in compare and contrasting ways, while incorporating humor and high interest characters! Gasp ! You mean kids might actually like learning how to behave with these books?
Jane Yolen does a great job of rhyming words and providing a rhythmic patterns of words. Mark Teague is truly a gifted artist. His dinosaurs are full of expressions. His comparative illustrations of dinosaur “kids” and human “adults” makes me laugh on each page.
This particular book talks about appropriate and inappropriate behavior in school. I was especially interested in this subject as my son will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. Most of the vocabulary is simple, but there are some higher level words that are good for receptive language learning.
Speech Therapy Ideas:
1. Practice saying multisyllabic words. Di-no-saur is a great word to start with. Clap the words. How many syllables. Practice saying the /s/ in the middle of the word (this is hard for some kids). If your child is really good at “dinosaur” introduce them to the names of the specific dinosaurs on each page. Sound them out slowly. Clap the syllables. Count the sounds. Great early literacy exercises!
2. Learn some new vocabulary. What do these words mean: drag, roughhouse, plunked, fidget, bully, tidies. If they can understand the meaning, see if your child can explain it back to you. Give examples or act it out!
3. Practice rhyming. The book is full of rhymes. Leave off the last word in a rhyming phrase and try to have your child guess the word. Or read both lines and have your child identify the two words that rhyme.
4. Talk about behaviors. Compare what a dinosaur does not do in school with what he does do in school. Why is important to follow the rules and be polite? Use some problem solving higher level thinking to figure out what would happen if we all followed the dinosaurs BAD examples.