Expressive ReadingGetting into a good book can be fun. This holds true for kids as well as adults. When your child is going through speech and language therapy, books can give your child special insight as to how the world around them works. If you want to help your child get into stories, pick a few winter favorites and change them up. Here are a few stories that you can have fun with, along with your child.

Frosty the Snowman

What would it be like to always be cold? What would it be like to come alive from being made of snow? Ask your child questions like these, and see what he or she comes up with for answers. If they do not know the words that come with their stories, try having them act it out. This is a great way to get your child active, plus have them use a lot of words that they may not get to use on a regular basis. Don’t forget the hat if you are going to have them act it out. It helps them get into character.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This classic can get you into a lot of different aspects of speech and language with your child. You can talk about what it would be like to live all on your own, like the Grinch did. Ask your child what it would be like to be the Grinch who stole things, or what it would be like to be a child in Whoville that had everything of theirs stolen. There are many different characters in this book that can give your child inspiration to use bigger words and open up their language. Let them take the time to act out their favorite character when you are done, and see what they think that person acts like.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

This is another winter classic that you can read with your child. Read each page and have your child act out the words on the page. Let them show you what they believe a “clatter” to be. Enjoy reading this story together and acting out the different people. Change up the roles, and have your child pretend to be ma’ and pa’ in bed, and you be the child. Or, allow them to be Santa and see what they think it would be like to be the jolly elf in red.

Have fun with wintertime stories. They do not need to be about holidays in specific. Just go with stories they love that involve this time of year, and let them express their thoughts their own way.