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If You Give A Moose A Muffin

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Although I lived in Southern New England for 8 years, I only had the opportunity to visit Maine twice. Once was to go shopping in their famous outlet stores ( I scored a jacket. Thanks for asking! ). The other time was on our crazy, round-about move across the country. Yes, we drove north to Maine as the beginning of our trip to the West coast.

Actually, my first ever camping experience with Professor X was in Maine. It went about as well as our recent camping trip, minus the kids. I cannot read If You Give A Moose A Muffin without thinking of Maine, and longing to return to this place that I barely know.

I decided that If You Give A Moose A Muffin would be an appropriate post for today, as I reflect back on summer, jam, and muffins (recipe tomorrow!). For today is T-1. In other words, work starts up again tomorrow.

Like it’s cousin, the mouse book, If You Give A Moose A Muffin goes through a series of scenarios and “if…then” statements. It could also be called a book of warnings about inviting a moose into your home. Because if you give a moose a muffin, of course, you will eventually be playing sock puppets with a large antlered mammal in your living room while hiding from your mom. Absurd and hilarious, this is another great book by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

Speech Therapy Ideas:
1. Create stories using “if…then”. Draw pictures for each statement and make them into a little picture book. Try to make them somewhat logical, yet fun and entertaining.

2. For very young children, practice /m/ sounds. For older children, make them aware of their bodies by talking about how your lips purse together for the /m/ sound and air escapes through your nose. Try making the sound while holding your nose. Can’t do it, eh?!

3. For children working on /s/ sounds, practice final /s/ in “moose”. Make sure to keep the tongue inside the mouth and do not let any air escape from the sides of the mouth.

4. Practice talking about multiples of moose. This word is one of those odd irregular plurals that stays the same in singular and plural. The only way to learn it is to practice and repeat over and over. So practice!

5. Make some sock puppets together. Talk about the steps involved using good sequencing skills. Have your child retell the steps in their own words.

6. Make muffins together (my recipe will be posted tomorrow). Talk about volume and measurements. Have your child retell the directions in their own words.

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10 Comments

  1. I love this whole series of books ~ I think we have about 4 of them. I love the progression and then how they always come back to the beginning in the end. The artwork is entertaining, too, and usually sparks a conversation on each page!

  2. Haha, I wonder how many people are going to try making the /m/ sound with their noses plugged now?! I have to admit….. I did!

  3. I *LOVE* this book! I’m glad you posted this – I’ll have to break this book out for storytime tonight!

    I always have the best laugh b/c the Moose reminds me of myself. I get distracted so easily!!

  4. How fun! I love this book!
    My kids are older now, but I still love to read it!
    Becky

  5. This series is just the best–I love pausing and letting my kids say the next thing.
    Great book suggestion and I love the ideas!

  6. That’s kinda freaky because I’m making blueberry muffins with my daughter tonight.

  7. I like to work on the If/Then with my kiddos.

    We always have the best time coming up with stories.

  8. Is this similar to “If you give a pig a pancake?” Love that!

  9. Love this series. Just read the If You Take A Mouse to School one last night.

  10. Stephanie Lawton says:

    Love these books! Great ideas!

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