My 6 year-old-daughter has finally turned the corner with reading! (…and all the mamas cheer!) We can finally move past CVC words and the most simple sight words and work on some more challenging words.
My First Grader seems to be a very hands-on visual learner. As I brainstormed about another way we could work on reading, I had this idea:
Book of the Week.
The vision behind book of the week is simple:
- Choose one high-quality children’s book to read aloud each day of the week.
- Choose several of the book’s more challenging and/or high-frequency words and write them on cards.
- After reading the book, my daughter independently finds those words throughout the book.
Book of the Week: Sophie’s Window
This week’s Book of the Week selection is Sophie’s Window.
Sophie’s Window is a beautiful book about a bird who is too scared to fly. He just can’t bring himself to do it! After a strong gust of wind lands him on Sophie-the-Dog’s window, he must find a way to get back home.
This book focuses on perseverance, which is an often talked about subject at our house.
How We Use the Printable Vocabulary Cards
Each day, we read Sophie’s Window together. Our morning snack break is usually a good time for us to read our Book of the Week and talk about the story.
My daughter and I then go over each of the vocabulary words taken from the book. I read them aloud and she repeats the words after me.
Lastly, I choose 5-7 cards each day and she finds those words in the story. I rotate the group of cards from day to day, so she will learn all 16 by the end of the week.
She absolutely loves this activity! She doesn’t see this as ‘learning’ at all, but as a fun hide-and-seek game.