I love the holidays, and I love celebrating anything I can. I believe they are high interest for most children, so they are a wonderful way to teach reading. I like books that have high sight word recall, and the pictures that help children to learn new vocabulary too. Thanksgiving is a holiday that gets overlooked because Halloween is candy fun, and Christmas is the big wahoo! I like having a stack of books that are all holidays and let them read the books over and over and over again.
Beginning books usually have the same design. These books are usually eight pages with just a couple of words on each page. They are meant to increase vocabulary while working on basic phonics and sight words. They will often have the same word repeated every page to help the child learn that specific sight word. Sight words are the most common words used in English, and the more children have memorized, the easier it is to read.
Most beginning readers are expensive, but they don’t have to be. I love these books because they are designed to have the same eight pages, but they are printed double sided. When you cut these across the middle, down the middle and a staple to have the same book at a fraction of the price. I love seeing children carry a stack of books and love them. It feels good to not worry if they get loved and torn or lost, and know that a quick print and the book is back to be loved some more.
As you read with your child remember to make it fun, because when they’re laughing, they’re learning, so always Teach With Giggles! Written by Raeann Hansen 2019