|Let's Make Shapes|
The Reading A-Z website is my favorite source for books to teach reading at home. The book level for "Let's Make Shapes," is J. For those of you that aren't familiar with Reading A-Z, level J readers are at the upper first grade level. (The next level K is considered second grade reading.) It correlates with Reading Recovery or DRA at level 16. The book shows fun drawings that can be created from simple circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. The book shows the reader how to use these shapes to create a smiling face, a mouse, a caterpillar, a fish, a jack-o-lantern,
|Jack-O-Lantern from a circle and triangles|
When we read the leveled readers, I underline any words in the book that are difficult for the child. When we are finished reading, I ask them to write each word and they become our spelling words for the week. When we do spelling, we discuss the meaning of each word, perhaps draw a picture or act it out depending on whether it's a noun or a verb. I've found this is a perfect way to incorporate spelling into our homeschool lessons.
|House from a Rectangle and Triangle|
This activity helps building reading skills and and art skills at the same time.
Here is another level J book by Reading A-Z that is available online from YouTube if you'd like to learn more about the leveled readers. (Their is an online version of the books called RazKids.)