Other Readiness Level Suggestions - Page 3
Even if they have not yet learned to read individual words, children are often able to match words by looking at them carefully. After echo reading a book, write several sentences from it on long strips of paper. Write two identical strips for each sentence, then cut the second one apart into separate words. Put the first strip and the separate word cards before the child, and have him or her find the first word and put it just below the same word on the sentence strip. Continue with each word until the sentence is completed. Read the sentence and have the student repeat after you, pointing to each word. If you have access to a pocket chart, this activity can be done with a whole class.
Children should have the opportunity to see words turned into print by dictating ideas and stories to adults. An emerging reader needs to know that print conveys a specific mental image or idea. Write this sentence at the bottom of a blank piece of paper, while the child watches. “A brave knight ran up a hill to fight a huge dragon.” Read the sentence aloud, pointing to each word as you read it, then draw a picture to illustrate the sentence exactly.
Then invite the child to tell you a story. It could continue the same theme or be something entirely new. Write the words down exactly as spoken by the child. Draw pictures to illustrate the story, or have the child do so. Read the story back to the child. Do stories in this way on a regular basis. If the child goes on and on with the story, you’ll have to say, “Now it’s time to end the story. What happened at the end?” Keep the stories together and reread them to the child as often as she wishes.
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