Busy Bees Little Readers and Activities

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Busy Bees Little Readers and Activities

Many children come to school expecting to read on the first day.

Little caption books such as these help them to do just that.

The simple, repetitive and predictable text which matches the pictures make the books easy to “read” from the first day of school.

The package contains:
• 5 little caption books which can be printed and made by the children. Each child can have their very own little book to take home and read to parents, grandparents, friends, pets, soft toys … anyone who will listen.
• Each book has its own follow-up activity which provides extra practice in reading similar text.
• There is also a poster showing the little creatures and their names which can be used as a reference by the children while completing the activities.
• A checklist of sight words encountered in the books can be used to determine which children are beginning to develop word knowledge.

The purpose of the books is to give the children a sense of “I can do it”, to foster success, confidence and willingness to have a go.

The children will enter school with a wide range of abilities. Some children will already recognise all the words in the books and be able to read them independently. Other children will be able to recall the text for “reading” after it has been read to them. They may be beginning to point to the text and realise that it is the print that carries the message. Other children will have had little exposure to print and may simply recite the text for each page. Some children may not realise that the text stays the same in each reading.

Much of this information can be gained by observing how children interact with these, and other books. The information can be used to determine the next steps for learning required by each student.

Of course these are but a small part of what is happening in the literacy classroom during the first week of school.

Children require daily reading of fabulous literature, reciting of poetry, singing of songs and playing with words. They need to be immersed in a print-rich, supportive classroom in which language provides delight, joy, surprise and power.

I hope you find these little readers and activities useful in your early years classroom.

Check out my blog at www.NorahColvin.com for more ideas and discussions about teaching and learning.

I would appreciate your comments and feedback.

Happy teaching and learning!

Norah


Busy Bees Little Readers and Activities by Norah Colvin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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Busy Bees Little Readers and Activities
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Busy Bees Little Readers and Activities