Here are a few tips before beginning Book 12 (“The Vet”):
- Do you own an animal? If not, your child may not know what a vet (veterinarian) is. This is basic for any new book you are introducing to a child: read through it first and anticipate what they might need to know. Don’t say too much, but do say something. For instance, “When animals get sick they see a doctor just like people sometimes do. Do you know what the name of the animal doctor is?” When they tell you they don’t know, then tell them “vet,” and you can even tell them that is short for the bigger word, veterinarian, if you like.
- Ditto on “zoo” if you’ve never introduced the concept before. Also, on zoo, underline the oo-sound like this: zoo. Remember: since we are teaching them a sight word which is actually a word that follows rules they will be taught later, go ahead and underling the vowel and consonant combinations, preparing the child for the things they will be learning in the future.
- When you introduce the sight word “into,” please remember that the child has already memorized “to.” This can be used to your advantage, especially since the child is perfectly capable of sounding out the word “in.” I like to write them (“in” and “to”) as two separate words near each other on the page. Point out “in” and let the child sound it out. Point out “to” which the child knows by sight. Then tell the child we can put the two together like this: “into.” Some children will need you to use your finger in the beginning to cover up half of the word when they are learning in. Also, it is helpful to underline “to” and remind them that “to” is in “into” like this: into. Additionally, with younger children (I’m thinking those early-reading three-year-olds), you can help them comprehend “into” by having them put one toy into another toy, or going into the house, and so on.
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