Where’s My Mom?
By: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Speech and Language Activity
1. Listen to the story Where's My Mom ? on YouTube
In this story (click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrdaPy8el9g) a little monkey can’t find his mom, so a butterfly tries her best to help. Time and time again the monkey shares a detail about his mom, but the butterfly leads him to the wrong animal. After a while the monkey is frustrated and shares that none of these animals even look like him, but then he learns that butterfly’s babies don’t look like her. With this new discovery, the butterfly finally reunites the little monkey with his family.
2. Vocabulary Review
a. Pause the story at any time and ask your child to label things seen on each page. You can also use a gesture (shrugging shoulders) and exaggerated facial expressions (raised eyebrows/open mouth) to emphasize “Where’s the monkey mom?”
b. Ask your child if he or she can name other animals that might be seen in the jungle. Give him/her help, if needed.
c. This book also provides opportunities for your child to understand and use negation words (e.g. “don’t”, “no”, “not”) each time the monkey tells the butterfly “That’s NOT my mom!”.
● Have your child repeat “Where’s my MOM?” after each page. Use silly voices as you or your child pretend(s) to be the monkey.
● You also can talk to your child about why each incorrect animal can’t be the monkey’s mom (e.g. a snake does NOT have legs, a monkey does NOT have wings).
3. Phonological (Sound) Awareness – important for later reading development
You can practice saying multisyllable words: animal, butterfly, elephant – help your child to clap once for each part of each word (el-e-phant = 3 claps).
For older students who are using longer sentences, you can talk about words in the book that rhyme, or ask your child to help you to figure out what SOUNDS are at the beginnings of words (e.g. “What SOUND is at the beginning of ‘monkey’?” – be sure to say “mmm” and not letter “M” (“mmm” is the sound, M is the letter – these are important differences that will help your child as he or she learns to read.)
4. Describing Activity
Use the book itself or these pictures here to talk about the characteristics of the animals in the jungle, such as:
· Number of legs
· Body covering
· How they move
· Wings or no wings
· Number of eyes
5. Community connection
There are no virtual tours available of the Erie Zoo, but you can find amateur videos on YouTube of the Erie Zoo. If you and your family have visited the Erie Zoo before, these familiar images may help to stimulate memories and language in your child. Talk about your last visit there together.