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Sunday, September 18, 2011

ABC’s of Reading

The ABCs of How You Can Help At Home
Following is a list of 26 ideas that you might want to do with your child to help him/her develop as a reader.
Assorted Materials . . . provide your
child with an assortment of picture books, alphabet books, poetry, nursery rhymes, fairy tale collections, non-fiction materials, comics, magazines, and computer software.
Bookmaking . . . assist your child to create his/her own books.Cooking . . .involve your child in cooking activities and reading recipes.
Discussions. . .involve your child inn conversations with you and other family members.Errands . . . take your child with you on errands (groceries, gas station, …) to notice the print-rich environment outside the home.
Finding answers. . .spark your child’s natural curiousity and beginning research skills by showing how to use print materials to find answers to questions.Grab their attention . . .seek out books by favorite authors and illustrators!
Holiday gifts . . .buy a book for your child as a gift for a special occasion.Interests . . . look for opportunities to share your child’s interest in a topic and help him/her explore it.
Jokes. . . encourage the playfulness of language and the development of communication skills by sharing jokes and riddles.Kittens and puppies . . .teach your child to care for pets by looking up information on the subject in books or on CD-ROMs.
Letter writing. . .promote meaningful writing by helping your child create and compose cards, thank you notes, invitations, and letters.Magazines. . .subscribe to children’s magazines and have others available in your home.Nursery rhymes. . . share nursery rhymes and stories from your childhood.
Opportunities for sharing reading. . set aside some time every day for reading together.Patience. . . learning takes time. It’s a wonderful gift to give your child!
Questions. . . listen to your child and encourage your child’s questions. Take time to provide satisfying answers.Reading aloud . . .model your love of reading by taking time to read to your child every day.
Science time. . . link the wonders of the world with literature. Share books about the senses, how things work, nature, outdoors, and topics of interest to your child.Television time. . .watch various programs with your child and talk about them.
Uplifting support . . .give lots of encouragement, praise, and time as your child learns to read and write.Value literacy. . . let your child see family members reading and writing for different reasons, and talk about what they are doing.
Writing experiences. . . make a variety of writing materials available for your child, such as pencils, pens, crayons, markers, and different types of paper.X-tra special attention. . . give extra attention to your child as he/she is learning to read and write.
Your literate home environment . . .provide opportunities for your child to talk, to listen, to read, to write, to look, to ask questions, to imagine, to wonder, to make pictures, to …Zoo trips . . . take your child to the zoo, to museums, amusement parks, public libraries, … have fun together!

ABC Letter Formation Rhymes

Found at Mrs. Kestner’s First Grade Reef


A – Pull down twice from the point at the top. Add a seat to view the apple crop.

a – First make a round apple to eat, then a slide for an ant when he’s finished his treat!

B – Big old B has a tall straight back and two big bellies ’cause he just ate a snack!

b – Draw a straight back just like me. Don’t forget to add a belly for b.

Cc – Cars can cruise down curvy c. Stop near the ground- that’s it you see!

D – Down to the ground, then take a break. Half a circle is what you’ll make.

d – First you make a dime to spend. Go way up high then down to the end.

E – Pull straight down for capital E. Then add some shelves 1, 2, 3.

e – A little line start off e. Add a plate for an egg- here’s breakfast for me!

F – Big F is a tall flower for you. E has three lines, F has two.

f – This flower grows tall and hangs a little. Add a line right in the middle.

G – Big round circle but don’t go too far. Add a garage to park your car!

g – A garden starts with a little seed. The roots grow down that’s all you need!

H- Make two lines, high to low. Connect the lines so they can say hello!

h – First start high then take a jump. Little h has a little hump.

I – Big I starts with one side of a door. All it needs is a roof and a floor.

i – Little i goes down, it’s an ice cream treat. Add a sprinkle on top and it’s ready to eat.

J – Jumping jack J jumps up and down and then curls up. Jack needs a hat ’cause he likes to dress up!

j – Little j is so thin and lean. Jump way down, then add a jellybean!

Kk – K and k have three lines as you can see: a tall straight back and a sideways v.

L – Pull down a line and add a lap. Lie down, lazy! It’s time for a nap!

l – Little l looks like a number one. Just draw a line and you are done!

M – Go down, hit the ground, then draw a V. Down to the ground again big M is two mountains for me.

m – Go down, hit the ground then get ready for bumps. Little m is easy to write, just add two humps.

N – Stick a nail in the ground and slant another one right. Add a third pointing up and say nighty-night!

n – Go down, hit the ground and your almost done. Little m has two humps, n has only one!

Oo – Oh yum! An orange to eat! Nice and round, it’s a healthy treat.

P – Pull down your pencil, then pick it up off the ground. Add a half a penny, nice and round.

p – Pop on down and then up, you see. Finish it off with a little pea!

Q – Big Q is a round quarter to spend. Add a line when you’re at the end.

q – A fancy queen with a little pearl. Give q’s hair a special curl.

R – First draw a line and then a rainbow. Add a ramp and you’re ready to go!

r – Go straight down, then race on back. r has an arm, like a little rack.

Ss – Silly S and s, those slippery snakes. Twisty, turny, ready to shake!

T – Big T is a big tall tree. Add a fort at the top so you can see.

T – Little t is a little tree. Add a fort in the middle for you and me!

U – Big U is just like a cup. Start by going down and then curve up.

U – Curve down and up, then down once more. Little u is a cup that’s ready to pour.

v – Slant down first then up like so. This upside-down volcano is ready to blow!

w – W and w have two pointy waves. Swim in the water if you’re brave!

x – A criss and a cross and in case you forgot, where is the treasure? X marks the spot!

Y – Capital Y has a V in the air. The pole at the bottom holds it there.

Y – Slant down right, down to the ground. Slant down left and take it underground.

z – Zigzag Z and z are easy, you see. Just zig a zag – 1, 2, 3!

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