Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Supplemental Activities for "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons"

I have mentioned before, (here, and here ),how much I love the reading program "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons".  With my own kids in mind, I created some additional supplemental worksheets to go along with it.  Because we needed some things like this:

And some things like this:

And even some things like this:

So, we have Phonics printable packets that look like this:

These packets are intended to be used alongside the Distar Reading program, "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" and each packet includes everything needed for supplementing when you are following through the lessons in order.  So, when you have finished lesson 10, you will be ready for everything included in the "After Ten" packet.

We have created packets up to Lesson 50 at this point, and each of these packets are now available in a bundled packet here in our store.  

 I love the comfortable intimacy of sitting down on the couch to read with my kids.  I love the ease of reading through the daily lesson.  And I love the overall sense of it.  It just breaks down "Reading" into this easily understandable activity.  And the pictures and stories in the book help it stay fun.

The book's authors suggest that it is a stand alone program (and it is!) and that the only other materials you will need are a pencil and paper, to write out the sounds for writing practice.

This is true, you don't need anything more than the book to teach your child to read.

But, since my children love crafts and getting to put their knowledge of their learning to work, I decided to make a collection of worksheets, activities and crafts (about 25 items) called "After Five Phonics", as a Set to supplement the first 5 lessons of  "...100 Easy Lessons".

And then, I kept on going, making packets for every five lessons that included extra activities...

 and worksheets...

 mini books,

...even crafts that went along with the new sounds being learned.

When I used this program before, I wanted practice sheets for the writing part of the program. If you are familiar with "How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", you'll remember that sound introduction happens in a  different order than the ABC's are usually introduced.  But even the way the sound for "A" is introduced is a challenge, as in the "100 Easy Lessons" book, it looks different than most lowercase A's do in Kindergarten workbooks.  And what I really wanted, was something more like this:

Sample worksheet from the "After Five" packet

So now I have it.  With nice colorful imagery, in case someone wants to print it out, laminate it and reuse it over and over (which would really be helpful).  I also included black and white options for those who prefer to print these out at home without using up their color cartridges:

Sample worksheet from the "After Ten" packet

The teacher side of me kicked in and whispered, "You know, some supplemental activities that added more sound/letter recognition would be really nice..."  So I made some of this:

And then added some of this (mixing in some shapes and color practice):

And then I remembered how I used this program for teaching in a combined classroom, and I REALLY wanted some nice colorful I made some of these:

Let's look at another one of those craft pages:

If you're not exactly sure what you're looking at there, that is a "Mat the Rat" Craft, from one of my freebie reading stories.  This one here, in fact:

You can download this free reading story, along with four others, right here.

And speaking of my store, that's where you can find all the supplements mentioned above!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Big & Little Concept Teaching Packet AND Read Aloud Video Available

We showed you a teaser of the Caedyn, Big & Little book earlier in the year, here:

But now, we're excited to announce that the "Caedyn, Big & Little" teaching packet is available on our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Yay!  It's right here:
We also have a FREE video download of "Caedyn, Big & Little".  Here is a sample:

The video is available in our store, (Did I mention it is FREE?) right here:
And if you would like to preview the entire video before purchasing (totally understandable), then you can view it on YouTube here:

The packet with all of its wonderful activities and reading literacy worksheets, and even a personalized version of the Caedyn, Big and Little story, is all ready to go in one nice easily downloadable bundle for $5.00. 

In the packet that is available for purchase, there is a personalized version of the story for both boys and girls, and reading literacy activities that coincide with the story.

This is a great way to introduce your preschooler to making their own book.  After reading the story, "Caedyn, Big and Little", or watching the video of it, your child can make their own "Big & Little" book.

So Melissa can make "Melissa, Big & Little", with a girl character, colored to look like Melissa.

And Lee can make "Lee, Big & Little" with a boy character colored to look like Lee. 

In addition, each child can do the activities that Caedyn does in the book:

Cut out Shapes...

Put together the Farm Puzzle...

Write their Name...

And organize things by shape, both "Big" and "Little"...

 and "Large" and "Small"...

We're really excited about sharing this packet and are looking forward to doing more things like this that both our children and yours may benefit from.

We hope you have a ton of fun with "Caedyn, Big & Little"!