Title: Cookie’s Week
Author: Cindy Ward & Tomie dePaola
This week’s speech and language session is based on the story “Cookie’s Week.” This book is an example of a book with predictable text. Predictable text books are books that are written in a way that makes it easy to guess what will happen on the next page. Many predictable books repeat words, phrases, or sentences throughout the text. Some predictable books build on storylines or sequences that are familiar to children. For example, “Cookie’s Week”, follows the misadventures of a cat through the familiar sequence of the days of the week. We also followed the days of the week in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” lesson. These types of books help children participate in reading and are easy to understand and to remember. Because of this, children become familiar with predictable books quickly, which allows them to fill in words and phrases when they read the books again. This is a great strategy for increasing language. Predictable books can also help to teach inflection. Inflection is the change between the high tones and low tones in our voices when we speak. We don’t usually speak in just one tone of voice. Predictable books often have a rhythm that is read with a sing-song inflection, which is easier for children to imitate. You can even find books that repeat your child’s targeted speech sounds which allows for additional speech practice while reading.
Literacy activities foster great expressive and receptive language skills. Using literacy based instruction, this week’s activities were created to target your child’s speech and language goals. Individualized activities will be sent weekly through email. Please don’t hesitate to ask me for other ideas or for help modifying activities and materials.
I hope everyone has had a chance to make a new schedule for themselves and has had the opportunity to make reading and language a priority each day. Have fun and stay healthy!
1. Read! Listen to the story, “Cookie’s Week” on YouTube:
Listen and watch this story with your child. Feel free to pause the video and ask questions, point to pictures, or label objects to engage your child. If you have a copy of the book, have your child follow along by turning the pages in the book.
2. Talk! Vocabulary Review: cat, toilet, plant, trash can, kitchen drawer, closet, curtains, water, dirt, garbage, pots and pans, clothes
Have your child identify vocabulary. Ask "Where is __?" Once your child finds the picture, have them point to it. To encourage expressive language, ask your child "What's that?" while pointing to the picture. To expand language, encourage your child to play "I Spy" by saying "I spy a ____" or say "I see a ____" or “I eat ____” while naming pictures.
3. Talk! Answer story questions
Have your child answer questions after you read the story. If your child is unable to provide an answer, offer choices or change it to a yes/no question to make it easier.
- Who is Cookie?
- What color is Cookie?
- Where is the toilet?
- Where was the plant?
- Who knocked over the trash can?
- Where do we use pots and pans?
- What do we do with pots and pans?
- Where do we keep clothes?
- When did Cookie run in the closet?
- When did Cookie climb the curtains?
You can practice simple yes/no questions with your child too. Look at the vocabulary pictures or pages in the book and ask your child a yes/no question while pointing to the picture. For example, point to Cookie and ask “Is this a dog?” (No) or “Is this a cat?” (Yes). If your child answers incorrectly, explain why and expand on the correct response. (i.e. "Is this a cat? Yes, this is a cat. It has a tail and says “meow.” It is a cat.”) You can do this with all the vocabulary pictures.
Sing the “Days of the Week” song together. Don’t know that song? Listen to it here! Songs teach rhythm and rhyme, which are important building blocks for language development.
5. Community Connection: Play!
Remember the childhood game “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar”? If not, here is a reminder of the words and actions for the game:
“Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” (Everyone sings together)
“(Name family member) stole the cookie from the cookie jar.”
“Who me?” (Named family member points to self)
“Yes, you!” (everyone nods their head and points to named family member)
“Not me!” (Family member shakes head “no”)
“Then who?” (Everyone sings and shrugs their shoulders)
(The accused thief names another family member!)
“(Name of family member) stole the cookie from the cookie jar” (repeat previous back and forth lines)
To end this back and forth after everyone has been named, someone can say:
“Okay, okay….I took the cookie!”
“I took the cookie from the cookie jar!”
“The yummy, yummy cookie from the cookie jar.”
“Are you hungry?”
“Let’s share!” (pretend to eat a cookie together)
Try it out together at home this week! Use this game to talk about how Cookie from the story is different than a cookie we eat. This back and forth pattern teaches conversational back and forth skills. Playing this game also targets using and understanding “you” and “me.”
This week get some paper and crayons or markers and draw a cat! Have your child draw one with you. As you draw, label the parts of the cat: head, body, tail, paw, whiskers, eyes, nose, leg, belly, ears. You can talk about the body parts that are the “same” or “different” on your child. Feel free to send me pictures of your creations! If you want, I can share them on my website to inspire other little artists!
Language and movement are very important. Gross motor skills are those used to move your arms, legs, and torso in a functional manner. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that enable such functions as walking, jumping, kicking, running, climbing stairs, sitting upright, lifting, or throwing a ball. After reading “Cookie’s Week” act out moving like a cat. You can also take the picture of the cat you drew and walk it into different rooms in the house. Talk about what room the cat is in as you walk around. Put it “in the sink” or “on the bed” or “under the chair.” Have fun and be creative!
Have fun and stay healthy at home!