I am a homeschooling mom to 3 children. Well, really 2 as my littlest one isn't quite ready to take part in our school day. I work with her seperately during play times. My oldest 2 children are ages 8 and 6 and love homeschooling.
I have a room setup in our home that looks like you just stepped into a classroom at a regular school. I am always on the look out for books that I can use in our classroom. I was introduced to a book called " What Children Need to Learn to Read" by Michelle Vallene.
Birth through the Early Grades Edition
This book contains fun activities, tips, instructions and resources to help you.
I first started reading through the book and marking pages that I was interested in. I am preparing for our new school year to start and will be utilizing several things that I found in the book.
Chapter 1 - Parent/Teacher Tips
Chapter 2 - A Children's Language Accomplishment Checklist (birth to age 6)
Chapter 3 - A Reading Checklist for Parents
Chapter 4 - Baby & Toddler Games
Chapter 5 - Rhyming
Chapter 6 - Music & Songs
Chapter 7 - Letters & Their Sounds
Chapter 8 - Sight Words
Chapter 9 - Read Alouds, Listening & Comprehension
Chapter 10 - Phonics
Chapter 11 - Writing
Chapter 12 - Word Play
Chapter 13 - Games! Games! Games!
Chapter 14 - Book Parties
Chapter 15 - Beginning Readers Book Clubs
Chapter 16 - Tongue Twisters
As you can see from above it is full of just about everything you will need. I am excited to implement this book into our classroom. My son, who is 8, is already a very good reader but there is always room for improvement. My oldest daughter, who is 6, is just learning how to read so this is a must have for her and it is never to early to get my baby girl in the mix too.
Here are a few things that I highlighted in the book that I will be using.
* Baby Sign Language
* Make that Animal Sounds
* Simon Says
* Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Rhyme
* The Wheels on the Bus
* Magic Letter Song
* Magical Letter Matching Game
* Sight Words
* Magic Sight Word Puzzles
* What's It About
* Audio Books and Sing Alongs
* Mystery Sounds
* Creative Cooks
* Word Hunt
I am very excited to implement these and many more of the items I found in the book, into our classroom. I have been busy creating some of the things needed and can't wait to see how excited my kids get when I share it all with them.
I learned so much after reading this book and so many things that I was not already using in our classroom.
In the back of the book there is also a list of websites that offer reading activities. We will be having computer time twice a week where my children will do a lesson on the computer. I will be implementing some of these sites into our computer time. I am so excited!!!
It also comes with a CD that has Rhymes and Songs on it to share with your child too. We will be using this during our music time on Fridays.
I highly recommend if you have little ones that you need to pick up a copy of this book. It is full of great reasources and information. It is never to early to start working with your little ones and making learning time fun at the same time!!! It is also fun bonding time too!!!
Please comment on how you could benefit from this book.
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