I love dropping my kids off at library because I get to see a quick showcase of books I’ve never seen before. Today, this book caught my eye. I was thinking of word families and words that begin with similar sounds. SHEEP and SHIP jumped right out at me! This book is PERFECT for all those Pre-School kids out there!
Again, here are activities based on your child’s progress along the phonological awareness spectrum
LISTENING - This book does a wonderful job of matching text to print. Just about every sentence has a corresponding picture. When you read a sentence, have your child point to the picture of that. For example, when you read “sheep read a map” or “sheep slip” have your child point to the picture of the sheep actually doing that.
RHYMING - This book is FULL of rhyming words. As you read them, see if your child can identify the other words that rhyme with: SHIP, LAP, FORM, HAILS, SLIDE, RAFT, LIFTS, GO
WORDS/SENTENCES - My kids love using pointers when reading. By pointers, I mean anything small enough to be used to point to words on a page. Find the page “Sheep read a map but begin to nap.” Read it over several times with your child so he/she can memorize it. See if your child can point to each word using the pointer after you demonstrate.
SYLLABLES - Ever heard of the jaw trick? I almost forgot about it until someone at lunch today mentioned it. Place your hand flat-out under your chin. Try saying the word SHIP. Did you notice how your jaw/hand only moved once (1 syllable). Now try the word SAILBOAT. You should’ve felt your jaw/hand move twice (2 syllables). Have your child do that comparing these words: COLLIDE vs. SLIDE, SAILING vs. SHEEP and BEGIN vs. BUT
PHONEMES - See if your child can find the difference between these words. Make sure you are SAYING them, not writing them: LAP/FLAP (beginning phoneme-f), SHEEP/SHIP (middle phoneme e/i), MAP/NAP (beginning phonemes), HAILS/SAILS/RAILS (beginning again), TIP/TRIP (middle phoneme-r). Finding the difference between middle phonemes is probably the hardest, so attempt that last!
INITIAL/FINAL SOUNDS - Find all the words that begin with S and W. Make sure your child is looking at the words rather than listening. Can you find words that start with the SH sound?
LETTERS/SPELLING - Use the above list of words to compare and contrast, but use letter tiles. Or, you can print these out . Show how you can change LAP to FLAP by adding F, or MAP to NAP by switching the beginning sounds. I would stay away from the SHEEP/SHIP for now because of the double e pattern in sheep.
Looking for an ending activity? See if your child can continue the story. Have him/her tell you what the sheep will do now! Or, have your child make a sheep using cotton balls and draw one of his/her favorite scenes from the story!