Spot the Dog
Who else is a Spot the Dog fan? Great books with short text and fabulous lift the flaps to foster engagement.
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.
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