Are you looking for fun ways to incorporate core vocabulary, early first words and literacy into therapy sessions and/or daily routines but not sure what books to read and/or how to focus on specific words while reading?
You’re in luck! I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite books to read, focusing on the core vocabulary word “GO”. I am also going to show you examples of how I might read this book with students to provide lots of opportunities for communication partners to model the word “GO” as well as opportunities for students to imitate and/or initiate communication with that word.
Ready? Let’s GO!
Let me introduce you to the “Busy Train Book” – it’s one book in a collection of Busy Books that include: Busy Car, Busy Helicopter, Busy Bug and one that is released around the holidays, Busy Santa. Each of these books includes a pull back and go vehicle that travels around four various tracks throughout the story book, with each page narrating the travels of the pull back and go vehicle.
The train in this book, and the vehicles in all the other Busy Books, are highly motivating and provide a built in opportunity to practice modeling and using the word “GO” multiple times on each page which is fantastic for early communicators – you can model “GO” while checking out the scenes around each track without reading the text.
Incorporating Core Vocabulary while reading…
Opportunities to model “GO” are everywhere in the book and starts on the first page where the text encourages the readers to place the train on “start” and let it “GO”!
Other opportunities to model “GO” include:
When starting the train on the track, say and model: “READY, SET, GO!”
While the train is moving along the track, say and model: “LOOK AT THE TRAIN GO!”
If the train stops you can say and model “GO” by saying “Let’s make the train GO again!”
The word “GO” is also in the text on 2 of the tracks – this is a natural opportunity to model “GO” while reading the text to build literacy skills.
But that’s not all!
While this book lends itself to easy and frequent modeling of the core vocabulary word “GO”, there are lots of other core vocabulary words that can be modeled throughout this book, including:
Follow the lead of your students or whomever you are reading with, modeling various vocabulary as you go. The illustrations within the book are beautiful visual scenes filled with lots of different objects, actions and places to explore and chat about!
I can’t wait to incorporate literacy, AAC & play!
Ready to add this book or others from the Busy Book collection to your library? Check them out here:
- Busy Train: https://c8314.myubam.com/p/1788/busy-train-book
- Busy Car: https://c8314.myubam.com/p/1213/busy-car-book
- Busy Helicopter: https://c8314.myubam.com/p/1534/busy-helicopter-book
- Busy Bug: https://c8314.myubam.com/p/1101/busy-bug-book
- Busy Santa: https://c8314.myubam.com/p/1295/busy-santa-book
Remember – there is no right or wrong way to read a book – just keep reading!
One final note…
P.S. If you are a visual learner or just hang out on YouTube – you can watch this content come to life there: https://youtu.be/ScWO9dTYmfE