We’ve gathered three booklets that are perfect for strengthening your beginning reader’s literacy skills by introducing a simple sentence structure pattern and then altering it slightly on the last page. These booklets feature oil paintings and watercolor illustrations that will excite and engage your child without overwhelming them visually, allowing them to focus on the text.
The booklets, listed in order of increasing difficulty, can be used individually or as a collection that will build upon your child’s comfort with sentence patterns and deviations by stepping up the difficulty level in each booklet. Start with Finger Painting and read through to Submarine to continue scaffolding and challenging your early reader.
Finger Painting, the simplest book in the pack, starts with a decision (“I choose blue paint.”) and follows with an action that relates to the choice (“I paint a blue letter.”). This carries on throughout the booklet, finally ending with a decision that is followed with a question (“What should I make?”). This simple pattern supports your children through the book before challenging them with the deviation from the pattern, and is the perfect introduction to this book format. Notice what letters and words are the same on each page, and then notice what words are different at the end. This is a way, once your child “knows” the book, to focus on the details that create good reading skills and to reinforce strategies for tackling unknown words in the future.
The sentences in Maps are brought to life in their corresponding illustrations. The simple sentences describe a map (“This map has red roofs.”) and the watercolor paintings on the following page reflect the observation by highlighting the specific area. This means that your little explorer will have the added bonus of an image that supports what they just read! The deviation from the pattern on the last page asks your child to identify some specific landmarks on a map- a perfect activity to put their newly learned map reading skills to the test!
The words in Submarine are a bit trickier than in the previous two books and the pattern reflects the slightly more advanced reader. The pattern (“I see the shipwreck/The octopus sees me”) culminates in one page that combines the two sentence structures (“I see the world and the world sees me”). The concept of seeing and being seen is conveyed beautifully through the watercolor paintings on each page, and the final sentence ties the book together in expressing the young explorers interconnectedness to the world. This book will keep your little reader interested and excited to read through to the end.
With each book, take note of what letter and words are the same on each page, and then notice what words are different in the end. Once your child “knows” the book, this is a way to work on good reading skills and reinforce reading strategies for tackling unknown words in the future.
Use these books to scaffold your child’s literacy development and enhance their aesthetic intake as well! To read more about the importance of patterns and deviations in scaffolding, check out our blog post about Introducing the Pattern. http://homegrownbooksnyc.com/blogs/news/15431413-introducing-the-pattern-more-info