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Can I Help – Free Printable PEC Story Board

I came across Can I Help by Marilyn Janovitz on our bookshelves the other day, and opening it reminded me of why we haven’t gotten rid of this one.  In this story, the little dog works his way through the day by asking his ever-patient mother if he can help with chore after chore.  This is the kind of fairy tale I am tempted to present to my children as non-fiction – “Yes, there really are children in the world who consider working alongside their mother a treat.”

Actually, to be honest, my kids don’t usually mind working alongside me – it’s when I send them off to go do something that the frustrations begin.

Back to the story.

So Mother Dog patiently answers every request affirmatively and mother and son work together with some amusing results.

This is a repetitive and predictable book in the sense that it is really a set of questions in the same format each time, “Can I help you . . .” answered in the same format each time, “Yes, please help me . . .”   Rhymiing words are used for each chore, so the text flows pleasantly in a comfortable rhythm.

Every few pages, several of the last few chores are listed.

I love all the language elements of this book.  It is perfectly suited for the child who needs vocabulary practice in an organic and natural setting.

I’ve made two sets of printable PECs to accompany Can I Help?   One set are nouns and one set are verbs, both are PDF files.  Print them, laminate them and use them as sequencing cards or PEC storyboard cards to nail down child participation and comprehension.  As you read the book, simply pause after the listing of each chore and have your child select the correct card.  Have them lay them down left to right so that a visual sequence emerges.  Older children can use both sets together and separate them into nouns and verbs.  Although you may have to order this book from Amazon rather than find it at your library, it’s definately a keeper and worth the investment of a few dollars.

Thanks to www.mrsriley.com for giving me such an easy format to make these cards in.

Can I Help – Nouns (PDF)

Can I Help – verbs (PDF)

www.mrsriley.com members can access the editable files here:

http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=62937 (nouns)

http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=62938 (verbs)

All About Me – A DIY Book

Sweet JP over at www.journeyintothespectrum.wordpress.com is picking up speech left and right, but he hasn’t added “me” to his vocabulary, and we all know how important the word “me” is to a preschooler, don’t we?  Cuz he’s such an adorable little guy and cuz his mom is pretty amazing, I wanted to help  them out a bit in nailing this word down.

Now, I could swear I’ve posted this DIY book before, but alas I cannot find the post.  So I snapped a few pictures of the book we made way back when (yeah, like 4 months ago or so), and I’m putting it out there again.

This book is called “All About Me.”  I put the title and a picture of Noah on the front.  And please don’t worry about ordering prints for these books – just print them off on regular paper on a color printer and they will work just fine.  If you have prints already, you can use a small photo album if you like.


This is a book about Noah and Noah’s favorite things, so each two-page spread includes a who question and a picture of Noah on the facing page like this:



There are only three 2-page spreads in this book – add more if your child as appropriate according to your child’s attention span.  Noah always enjoyed this book and would enthusiastically shout “me” when we got to “his” pages in the book.

For  tutorial on how to make a heavy-duty book out of cardstock, go to https://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/diy-card-stock-book-tutorial/.  And yes, a simple book made out of heavy paper like construction paper would work fine too.

JP – Glad you’re feeling better, Bud.  We were rooting for you (no pun intended :)).