A few days ago, I whipped out the family celebration plate. We were having a little dinner-time party.
I made a big deal of it because it WAS a big deal!
My little Greased Lightning, read his first book!
Success breeds desire. Desire breeds pursuit. Pursuit breeds mastery. Mastery breeds SUCCESS...and the cycle continues.
So, what makes THE CUT when I am choosing reading material with purpose. Well, let's first look at what DOES NOT.
As I mentioned in the video, I DO find value in these trade-show readers. I think they can be wonderful resources to practice more-advanced decoding skills. My older two boys (first and second graders) read from them every day. In fact, one quick glance at our library book basket finds level 3 and 4 I Can Read, DK Readers, Ready-to-Read, and many more spilling out onto the floor.
For these boys, who have mastered all of the basic phonetical stages (letter sounds >> blends >> short vowel words >> long vowel words >> special digraphs >> pre-fixes and suffixes >> syllable patterns), these trade-show books have provided countless hours of written adventures. But, they would produce nothing but failure and deflation for my preschooler who does not yet possess enough decoding skills to read from a publisher's ill-graded "first" reader.
And so, for him, I am selective. I choose phonics-based readers.
I'll hope you'll join me next week when I'll be sharing my TOP PICKS for TRUE emergent readers.
In the meantime, be sure to check out...
How I Teach My Preschooler the ABCs
Easy Encouragement for the Struggling Reader
DIY Phonics Manipulatives
Top 10 Just-for-Fun Books for Young Girls
**In this video, I mention a "Dora Kingsley" book and then quickly correct myself and say "DK Reader". I just want to be clear. The book I am referring to is a DK Reader, a Dorling Kindersley book, not to be confused by Dora Kingsley.**