Rediscovering an Old Favorite

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some stories are just timeless. The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a Norwegian fairy tale, dates all the way back to the 1840's! And we're still enjoying it today. I mean how cool is that?! 

The inspiration to try a Billy Goat theme with my speech students came after hearing this song/story by Heather Forest. My kids have been enthralled by it and love participating by making the fun sound effects along with the music. 


I was even more inspired when I stumbled on this adorable clip art from Susana at Whimsy Workshop Teaching. These have been the perfect visuals to support the story and song. 

Now there are so many versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff that choosing which book to go with was a little overwhelming  After pouring over several copies, I settled on Stephen Carpenter's adaptation for it's simple language and appealing illustrations. It's also the ideal length to hold the attention of preschoolers. 

As a Speech Language Pathologist I always have an eye towards how I can use a book to address the goals of my students. This story's been great for building understanding of size, sequence, and feelings/motivations. To address even more speech and language goals, I created a book companion designed to naturally target:

   -Third person singular  
   -Conjunctions (but, and)
   -Contractions (I'm, he's, don't)
   -Sequence (first, second, third)
   -Comparative (bigger)
   -Adjectives (mean, ugly)
   -Future tense (going to)
   -Vocabulary (bridge, troll, gobble, horns)
   -Narrative skills


My students have been picking up quickly on the repetitive language of this simplified story. After listening to it a few times they begin to finish the sentences themselves, building grammar, sentence structure, articulation, and narrative skills. (And it's been so much more fun than drills and flashcards!) 

If you've never read The Three Billy Goats Gruff with your students I encourage you to give it a shot. If you have, I'd love to hear what you liked about it. Any other classics you're looking forward to reinvigorating this year? 

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