Have you been following along as I teach my two boys to read? We’re taking it at an easy pace and adjusting it to what they’re able to do — using the fabulous reading curriculum from This Reading Mama. This week we added a new sight word: look.
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We started the week by doing segments of This Reading Mama’s Lesson 5. I printed her sentences which focus on the letter C and introduce a new sight word (look). The boys took turns reading the pocket chart with a pointer.
If you don’t have a pocket chart, I strongly recommend getting one! They are so useful for teaching early readers and writers!
My Three has surprised me by learning right along side his older brother (almost five). However, on our fifth sight word he reached his limit. He did not want to attempt the word “look” and gave up quickly. This tells me that we can work on the words I’ve already introduced in a fun way – without pressure. Time will tell how much he participates in future lessons.
With the focus on playful and fun, we played this game: Slap the Sight Word. This is a fitting name, as he calls a fly swatter a “fly slapper.” He loved this and enjoyed slapping the words as I called them. Later I had him read the words as he slapped. He could not read “look” and “see” with consistency, so I focused on the beginning letters as a clue.
Beginning sounds are something my Three is just beginning to master, and it’s quite challenging for him to name the letter that starts a word, even after identifying the beginning sound. So I was thrilled to find this brilliant game in Lesson 5 of Reading the Alphabet!
I printed the road sign and the car from This Reading Mama’s lesson. Then I made the milk bottle letters.
After making lots of ugly milk cap letters, I am so proud of how these turned out! All I can say is: Mod Podge. Where have you been all my life?
We took out the laminated pictures we’d saved from previous lessons, mixed them up, and placed them one by one on the road sign. My Three worked at figuring out the beginning letters and put on the matching wheels. He had the attention span for ten pictures.
We took our sight words outside, and I had my kids play a game I call “Sight Word Snatch.” I wrote the words on cards. The first player snatched a card from me, read it aloud, and then moved to another tree — where his brother snatched the card from him, read it, and headed back to me — where he snatched a new sight word.
We varied the way that the boys moved from tree to tree: here my Three is taking giant steps. However this tested the patience of the brother who was waiting – so next time I think I’ll just have them snatch and run!
As always, to supplement This Reading Mama’s curriculum, I created a set of four themed sight word readers. These fairy tale emergent readers all focus on the word look as well as the other words we’ve learned: a, the, I, and see.
This is a sample page from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” All the books follow this pattern. You can see that “a” and “the” are both used, so rather than be a book that your child can recite without looking at the words, he’ll need to pay close attention to what’s on the page.
For the first time, my Three was overwhelmed with my newest emergent readers and actually would not read “look” or “see.” This tells me I’m going to back way off. I’ll read the books to him and invite him to read along. We are certainly not in any rush! My Four (pictured) enjoyed the books and was challenged by my emergent readers for the first time. Since I began creating these books for him, that’s a good sign.
Even though my emergent readers focus on sight words (as well as meaning, concepts of print, picture cues, and more), that doesn’ t mean that I don’t call attention to phonics when appropriate. When I know that phonics will help my Four – and it’s something he can do – I encourage him to use it. The above picture is a transcript of what it sounded like when he read this page for the first time.
Here’s another example of calling phonics knowledge into play.
Assemble the books this way:
- Cut across the horizontal center of each page.
- Insert one set of pages into the other, paying attention to the page numbers.
- Staple with a long-armed stapler.
In the download you will receive
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Gingerbread Man
Little Red Riding Hood
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