Story Friends Teacher Guide

Authors: Howard Goldstein Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Elizabeth Spencer Kelley Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Format: Paperback, 136 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681251318
Price: $30.00

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Story Friends at-a-glance


This book is your user-friendly guide to implementing Story Friends™, a fun and engaging language intervention program for 4- to 6-year-old children at risk for later reading difficulty. You'll get

  • An accessible, concise overview of the program and its many benefits
  • A look at the research behind Story Friends
  • Complete guidance on setting up your listening center: an area in your classroom where children listen to stories and instruction based on those stories
  • An easy three-step model for implementing the Story Friends program
  • Instructions on monitoring student progress
  • Photocopiable resources, including assessments, program pacing charts, and attendance logs

Through 26 interactive animal-themed storybooks and lively, engaging audio recordings, Story Friends effectively improves oral language and vocabulary development—two of the most important predictors of later reading success. With colorful illustrations, rhyming text, interactive story components, and appealing narration from Wanda the Word Wolf, children strengthen other important skills, such as solving problems, empathizing, working together, and making friends with others who are different. And because Story Friends is a natural fit with any existing classroom schedule or curriculum, it's easier than ever to deliver interventions when they matter most and get all young children ready to read and succeed.

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All Story Friends Products

All products in the Multitiered Interventions for Language & Literacy in Early Childhood (MILLIE) suite


Review by: Nickola Wolf Nelson, Professor emerita, Western Michigan University; Editor-in-Chief, Topics in Language Disorders
"Great authors, solid scholarship. Story Friends is a wonderful evidence-based resource for helping young children learn new concepts through literacy while learning how to use literacy to learn!"
Review by: Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
"There are two intersected paths one must travel to prevent reading disability: one to the alphabetic code and the other to language learning. Story Friends will help children along the language-learning path—charmingly, in a way both consistent with research and appealing to young children."
Review by: Andrea DeBruin-Parecki, Principal Research Project Manager, Educational Testing Service Early Childhood Research and Assessment Center
"Story Friends provides individual instruction in key areas of early literacy that impact future reading comprehension. Using Story Friends can assist young children, particularly those identified as needing supplementary help, develop a broader vocabulary and acquire tools to help them gain further understandings."

Table of Contents

Program Authors
Program Overview
Program Components
Program Scope and Sequence
Implementing Story Friends
Key Program Elements and Instructional Content
The Listening Center
Audio Script
Blackline Resource Masters Contents
The Research Behind Story Friends

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