It’s time for another set of Color Me Readers! We hope you enjoy these five senses emergent readers.
My goals for Color Me Readers
- To teach basic concepts of print
- how to hold a book and turn pages
- how to read read from left to right
- how to use voice to print matching (one word from my mouth equals one word on the page).
- To have fun with a basic early learning theme (such as insects, transportation, farm animals, and space)
- To teach basic sight words
Using the books
When I share Color Me Readers on the blog, I share three levels. My Three decided to color Level Two first. Each page follows the same pattern. “My eyes can see… My hands can touch… My ears can hear,” etc.
Before we began, I asked him about the five senses. I was thrilled that he remembered them and pointed to the parts of his body (tasting, seeing, touching, smelling, and hearing). All the fun activities from my All About Me pack have paid off!
Next, after coloring all the pages, he was ready to “read” it. I read it first.
Teaching concepts of print
Unlike his three older siblings, my Three has been slow to catch on to basic concepts of print. It was actually quite a while before he remembered to start on the left side of a page and follow with the right. He has that down, so now I’m focusing on voice to print.
He easily memorized the pattern of the pages, but he buzzed through each page without paying attention to the words. While I know that he’s not ready for sight words yet (unlike his older siblings at this age), I do know he needs to understand that one word out of his mouth equals one word on the page.
In the above picture, I had him point to each word as he read.
Then I would ask him to find words like “my” and “can.” He needed a lot of support here, because he gives up easily. But he could do it using the first sound of each word and by reciting each sentence again as he pointed.
Next, we went to the Level One book. Each page has just as single word. “Seeing. Hearing. Tasting. Touching. Smelling.”
I modeled how to read it. Can you guess how he read it after me?
“My tongue can taste. My ears can hear.”
I tried to help him see that there was just one word on the page, so he could only say one word.
So then I prompted him, and he said, “Mytonguecantaste.”
Okay, time to step back.
I went back to our Level Two book. I put a red dot under each word. He pointed to the words as he “read.”
We returned to the Level One book. I put a single red dot under each picture. He was starting to get it, but by this time he was ready to be done.
Later in the evening I created another activity that I’m hoping will help him start to make sense of voice to print. I’ll be sharing it soon, so be on the lookout!
By the way, here’s a page from the Level Three book. All the pages follow this same pattern, with one page per sense.
How else can you use these books?
These books are also excellent for building sight word vocabulary, if your child is ready. When I started creating these they were also for my Five, who is now in kindergarten and a beginning reader. In fact, yesterday he read this book to me after school, so I won’t be using Color Me Readers with him anymore.
Thankfully God has given us two more kids (and one on the way) who will use them, so I’ll keep sharing them. 🙂
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