October is here!

It’s time to read a cute and spooky tale with pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade speech students. Here’s one about an old lady and a scarecrow surprise!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams


Enhance your whole-language storybook intervention with the Bluebird Speech Pre-Literacy Storybook Companion. There are many speech and language goals you can target.

Here are just a few.

  1. The student will name the category when given 3 examples and provide 3 examples when given a category with percentage accuracy
  2. The student will blend and segment orally presented words by syllables with percentage accuracy…
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to produce basic prepositions (e.g., in, on, under, over) in complete sentences when engaged in an activity with percentage accuracy…
  4. The student will formulate a simple grammatically correct sentence using appropriate subject-verb agreement during stories or activities presented with percentage accuracy…
  5. The student will accurately sequence three or more events from a story using correct temporal forms with percentage accuracy…

Great, the goals are ready! Now, how can you target the goals in therapy? Before you read, ask some questions to target reasoning and pragmatics (e.g., turn-taking, identifying emotions).

  • Are you afraid of anything?
  • What are you afraid of and why?
  • What does being afraid look like?
  • What can you do if you are afraid?

After a scary discussion, preview vocabulary from the story. There are lots of entertaining attributes (or describing words) in this book! Bluebird Speech Vocabulary Worksheets will help you with that. They are included in the companion.

Using the worksheets, classify vocabulary from the story based on category, function, and attributes:

  • category – clothing, accessories
  • function – things that shake and wiggle (make sure to act these out)
  • attributes – things that are orange, black, scary, tall, and hot


Perhaps you are asking, “What do I do during the story?”

I have some ideas. During the story, work on prepositions or spatial concepts. Make sure to ask lots of WHERE questions:

  • Where is the old lady?
  • Where are the shoes?
  • Where is the pumpkin head?

If students are having a difficult time answering these questions, pull out the Bluebird Speech Preposition WorksheetsYes, they are also included in the companion. Practice location terms with visual cues and your students will finally get it!


After the story is done, there is still more to do. Retell the story and practice phonological awareness. Using the Bluebird Speech No Print Sequencing Activity, ask kids to pick from three picture choices when retelling the story. This gives them the confidence they need to start learning how to sequence.

And they get to do it on an iPad!

This will make their day.


Finally, target phonological awareness by asking students to color pictures that rhyme, start with the same sound, or have the same number of syllables. These are the targets included in the Bluebird Speech Phonological Worksheets:

  • rhyme families – ow, ew, ake
  • initial sounds – n, p, h, k, g, sk
  • syllable segmentation – 1-2 syllables

Download all these activities here!

It’s simple. Enjoy.

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