Corduroy! No, not the fabric, the BEAR! If you work with children, you probably know all about Corduroy. He is an adorable, lovable character who is the central character in several books written by author/illustrator Don Freeman. The original Corduroy book was published in 1968. Corduroy is innocent and loving–characteristics that appeal to all–especially children. Freeman wrote two other books, “A Pocket for Corduroy,” and “Corduroy Lost and Found.” All three books are very appealing both in terms of the characters and the inner messages conveyed.
Books are a favorite tool of speech language pathologists who work with children. The series of Corduroy books are a wonderful resource to engage children in speech and language tasks. With that in mind, I created a book companion, which can be found here:
The packet contains what I consider to be essential elements when using a book for language and speech therapy. One important aspect is the ability to understand the vocabulary used in the book. It can be very difficult to understand a story if a child is unfamiliar with the vocabulary. There are a total of 32 vocabulary cards and definitions. Eight of the cards are key words with pictures that are essential to comprehending the story. The remaining vocabulary items help refine the details of the story. The second task is sequencing – which I consider to be the heart of teaching with a book. This packet contains eight picture sequencing cards depicting essential elements in the story. I also included a set of frames containing 8 connector words-samples shown below: