We are starting our reading with the Bob Book series. The first book of the first series is “Mat”, which uses the letters m,a,t, and s. The only words in the entire book are Mat, sat, Sam, and on. I love the Bob Books because they have built Daniel’s confidence in reading and are helping him to realize the correlation between sounds and letters and letters and words. There are a lot of Bob Book Printables packs online:
We started each reading lesson by reading “Mat”. Admittedly, he was way more excited on day 1 than day 3. He understood how each letter had a corresponding sound, but he couldn’t run those sounds together to find the word. He specifically had a lot of trouble with the word “Sam”. Day 1 we used his Leap Reader to build some -at words.
Day 2 we used short a word sliders from The Measured Mom. He still didn’t really get the sound-it-out process. I’m going to have to look into some steps to bring him to that level. We also did some of the word paths from 3 Dinosaurs. He really enjoyed those.
Days 2 and 3 we did “word races”. I printed sat, Mat, and Sam in large font on regular paper, and when I called out a word he had to run to it. We switched the order of the words around and made it fun with jumping jacks and skipping. He really got a kick out of making me do it!
I’m going to step into book 2 next week, but based on what I’ve seen so far I think we may have to take a step back to learn how to sound it out before we go any further.