Who else is a Spot the Dog fan? Great books with short text and fabulous lift the flaps to foster engagement.
 
My collection of books has developed over the years. You can get a Spot book for nearly every occasion from Birthdays to the First day of school to getting a Baby Sister.
What I love about the Spot books is the language. The written language provides a great foundation to build so many language targets. Here are some of my targets which I weave into the Spot’s books
 
  • Prepositions – In Where’s spot, this target is obvious. Other Spot books offer many opportunities to talk about where Spot is or the other animals featured in the book.
  • Wh Questions – Whether you are using a structure like Marion Blanks, or working through who, what and where, the opportunities are many. Where is Spot?
  • Yes/No – Understanding yes/no questions can often be more complex than thought. Many children are able to verbalise no early but yes comes along later. Where’s Spot provides many opportunities to ask yes/no questions and model the answer. Is Spot in the cupboard? Is this an alligator?
  • Basic concepts are also represented throughout the books. There are many opportunities to point out, model and prompt. Big/little (first page Sally and Spot) empty/full (bowls)
  • Vocabulary – Animals for Where’s Spot. All the Spot books have their targeted vocabulary sets, plus great clear pictures.
  • Articulation – S blends (Spot) S (Sally), b/p (behind, box, basket, bed, piano, pot) and so much more.
  • Predicting – Before lifting the flaps I like to ask if they think that Spot will be there.
  • Sentences – I like to ask what the animals are doing. You can create some wonderful sv and svo sentences this way.
 
I have a plastic dog which looks a lot like Spot. At the end of the book reading, he wanders around my room (or the dolls furniture) seeing where he can go. This activity is great for our clients to ask Where questions for us to answer. They hide Spot and ask Where’s Spot.
 
The website Kidzclub.com has a great range of book companions. I love the one they have created for Where’s Spot. It is a great construction activity which can be sent home to replicate the session for homework. After reading the story you can use the pictures as a sequencing activity
 
Don’t forget Spot’s official website.

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