Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers
Are you looking for an ideal literacy companion for the Bluebee Pal? Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers is an educational, colorful and engaging picture book about the Bluebee Pals and their new friend, Andy. This book, whose main character has complex communication needs goes an adventure with the Bluebee Team to find his school when he gets lost on a field trip. Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers can be read with the Bluebee Pal in hand or without since it stands alone as a story in itself!
Speech and Language Goals with Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers
When reading this picture book to my students, there are many highlights that I would like to share! For children who use talkers for communication, seeing other characters in a book use a talker is empowering and motivating. For many of my students, I received comments such as “boy talker” and “my talker”. There are not many picture book that feature other children using talkers, which makes this story unique. It can also be used to educate and promote diversity.
Both Laura, Erik and I wanted Andy to experience many emotions throughout the story. For example, he was “scared” and “sad” when he got lost. When he found Leo the Lion, he was “relieved” and “happy”. When he met other Bluebee Pals, he was “excited”. These are all descriptive concepts that can be modeled on a talker when reading the book. One of my students recently initiated communication by pointing to Andy crying and spelling out “cry” on his talker. If your student and/or child does not know emotion vocabulary, this book can be a wonderful way to start introducing these words.
Vocabulary and Using Descriptive Language Model
Reading children’s book is an excellent way to teach new vocabulary. As you are reading this book, define specific vocabulary related to the book. Words such as “park ranger”, “mission”, rescue”, “fellow”. If your child does not have that word on their device, use the descriptive language model by finding other words that describe that word. For example, rescue can also be defined as “help”. Park Ranger can be defined as “job nature”.
Recalling Information and Literacy
As you are reading the book, using different strategies to help your student/child recall information. For example, at the end of the book, ask your student, “Who did Andy meet?” If the child needs help, flip back to the book and show the child all of the Bluebee Pal characters, which can help recall the names of the Park Rangers. Since the names are not programmed in a child’s talker, encourage him/her to spell the name on the keyboard. The names of the students are also visible throughout the book which can be another opportunity to use the keyboard for spelling.
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