Set #1 of “Read and Sing Little Books” from Nellie Edge gives you black-line masters printables of 11 little books with the text of familiar folk songs and pictures for the children to color. Fold, cut, and staple to make books for each of your students.
Differentiated! In the classroom, teachers provide this simulated reading experience by group singing and shared reading. With each child having their own paperback copy or child-sized Little Book of the song, the teacher can carefully guide the children through each book page by page, and every child feels a sense of belonging and participates at their own level.
Read further for ways to easily incorporate these into your school day.
Down By the Bay
Five Little Speckled Frogs
I Can Read Colors
I Have a Cat*
Mary Wore Her Red Dress
My Aunt Came Back
Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go
One Elephant Went Out to Play
Over in the Meadow
HOW TO PRINT, CUT, FOLD, AND ASSEMBLE ( for "I Have a Cat"):
- Print each book back-to-back with the top of page on both sides. (Some will be 1 sheet, others 2 sheets depending on how long they are.)
- Cut horizontally on the marks with paper cutter or scissors. (If 3 rows of pictures, cut twice into 3 horizontal sections. If 2 rows of pictures, cut once into 2 horizontal sections.)
- Fold each section in half.
- Layer the pages into the right order.
- Staple (with long-armed stapler) on the fold to hold them together.
*HOW TO FOLD "" Little Book by Nellie Edge
- Find a guide with pictures right after "I Have a Cat"
- You can use this method to also make little blank books!
Parents are often amazed at how quickly the child memorizes and proudly pretends to read and sing the entire book. We call this “magical memory reading.” It is an important phase that most children go through as they construct their knowledge of how print works.
Through memory reading, many young children effortlessly learn the syntax of our language and concepts about how print works while their eyes are training to sweep the page left to right and top to bottom. For children who have not had years of “magical memory reading” experiences at home, teachers must provide this joyful language experience at school as a scaffold upon which to build literacy skills.
Children can develop expressive fluent oral language and the ability to hear and distinguish sounds and understand concepts about print long before their eyes can track and decode individual words. Engaging young children with picture books of well-loved folk songs and rhymes accelerates their oral language development and builds phonemic awareness naturally while the child is delighting in the sounds of language and connecting that joy to print. These prolonged rich experiences with oral language are vital if our children are to reach their potential as readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers.
Also available: 5 Free Spanish Read and Sing Little Books with traditional songs
Read the blog: Sing Songs That Build Friendship and Literacy in English and Spanish
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