Looking for a nonfiction book that preschoolers can read? Try this fun pumpkin book!
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I’ve been printing my free Color Me Readers and books from my theme packs to help my preschooler learn more about concepts of print.
When I give him the right support, he loves reading these simple books. Today I’m sharing one book from my Fall Theme Pack.
My goals today were to help him practice three things:
- voice to print matching
- using picture clues
- using the first letter of a word as a clue
Even though my Three knows his letter sounds and can often tell you what letter a word begins with when he hears it, he has trouble transferring that understanding to written words.
So instead of diving right into the book, I wrote down some key words. For the above picture, I said, “One of these words is white and one is tall. Can you find the card that says tall?”
He was able to find it quickly by listening for the /t/. Success!
He was able to do this one, too.
I gave him all six words that we worked on and had him find words I named. The point of this was not to teach him these words by sight. It was solely to help him focus on the beginning letter’s sound of each word. It worked because none of the words started with the same letter.
Next, we moved into the book. We have been doing a lot of work with concepts of print (most recently, with this fun printable). So this time I decided not to add a black dot under each word. I wanted to have him try focusing on each word instead of matching his finger to the dots.
He had mixed success.
On the first page he didn’t quite know how to start. I directed him to the word “a.”
“You know this one. It’s just a letter. What does it say?”
After he got the word “a” he said the word “bumpy.” But then he started over. “I see a bumpy pumpkin.” Whoops!
“Remember that the page starts with the word a. Let’s point to each word.”
He was starting to get frustrated, but he was able to pull it together and keep reading.
He didn’t always track the words correctly, so I tried to slow him down as he pointed to each word. He said pumpkin as if it were two words (“Pump.Kin.”) and got a little off track there.
I pulled out another reader from my Fall Theme Pack (“I Love Apples”) and we followed the same procedure with that one. This book was a little harder for him, and when he started to get irritable we ended early.
So we still have some work to do! No problem as long as I keep practice light and back off when he’s frustrated, he enjoys it. You should also know that we only do reading practice a couple of times a week.
Most of the time I’m reading to him, building his background knowledge and concepts of print while we enjoy great literature together. (See all our book lists here!)
Did you know that this free book is one of ten nonfiction printable books that you get when you purchase my Fall Theme Pack? It has almost 250 pages of apple, pumpkin, and leaf activities for kids in preschool and kindergarten!
How to print the free book (instructions included in the download)
- It works best to download and save to your computer and open with the free Adobe Reader. To download and save, right click on the CLICK HERE below and choose “save link as.”
- Choose PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF PAPER.
- Choose FLIP ON SHORT EDGE. (This is important! If you don’t choose this option, some of the pages will be upside down.)
- After printing, make sure the pages are lined up correctly.
- Fold, then open up again. Staple with a long reach stapler (we love this one!).
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