I’m baaaaaaack! Well, at least for a day or two. This illness has been kicking my arse and I’ve spent much of the last week in bed.
But the encouragement, comments, and followers ( !! ) I’ve received in the last week has more than made up for my blogging-funk. I swear that I’d have 50 followers around the time that pigs fly. At least at the time of this writing, that is exactly the number of followers that I have. What does this mean???
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I thought I’d start back with a Marvelous Monday Children’s Book which is the counter-part to my entry about The Plump and Perky Turkey. Another animal attempting to avoid becoming a holiday entree: The Somewhat Depressed and Overly-Stressed Pig.
Or, as you might know him, Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 50 years, there is no need for me to summarize the plot of this story. I will, therefore, go straight to the important stuff. The speech stuff.
Speech Therapy Ideas:
1. Articulation practice:
Practice the /sp/ in “spider” for children who reduce this sound cluster. Every time Charlotte comes up in the story (which is often) practice saying “spider” 5 times.
For children working on /r/, practice /r/ in “rat” whenever Templeton enters the scene. Advanced /r/ students can practice that sound in “Fern”, “spider” and “Wilbur”. However, only practice this word if the child can successfully make the sound. Do not incorrectly repeat “spid-uh” (unless you truly have a New England accent).
2. Compare and contrast the book to the movie. The movie creators did an excellent job of recreating the story. My son could “read” lines of the book straight from his memorization of the movie. There are a few points of contrast to talk about: the music, the barn swing, the “love interest” (bwhahaha).
3. Retell parts or all of the story. What happened first, next, last? Who are the main characters? How are they like you and your pets? How are they different.
4. Draw and imagine life at the Zuckerman farm. Talk about a “typical” day on this farm using descriptive language.
5. Speculate on the unanswered questions. Why does Charlotte want to save Wilbur? How is Charlotte able to write words but other spiders cannot? In what ways do the words in Charlotte’s web describe Wilbur?
7. And crafts? You can make an adorable piggy bank to accompany the award winning book.
Although I cried throughout the last 10 pages of the book, I maintain my twisted sense of humor. You must know about a new tableware delight: The bacon bowl, which I’ll make sure to eat after waking up to my bacon alarm clock. Wow. That is some terrific pig!