I thought I'd share one activity that we had fun doing that was based on these books. I was inspired by a sight word activity that I saw on I Can Teach My Child. I chose to focus on Winter words, though, instead. Here's what we did.
After reading our winter books:
1) we went back through the stories and found all of the winter-related words. I pointed to them, said them aloud, then asked baby bookworm to do the same.
|We found chill, scarf, snow|
2) Then, I asked baby bookworm to find some winter related words on her own. So, for example I would say, can you find the word "winter" on this page, it begins with the letter "w". Of course, I would help her out if she was stumped.
|Identifying the word winter|
3) Once she pointed to a word, I then wrote that word on an "index card" that I made out of blue construction paper. As I wrote the word, I spelled it aloud.
4) When we were finished writing all of our winter words out from the books, I took some glue and traced each letter in the word. As I traced it, I would ask baby bookworm to identify the letter and its sound.
5) Then the fun part - once I had applied the glue (an older child could have done this himself), baby bookworm sprinkled sugar over the word.
The result was a bunch of pretty and glistening winter words. Oh, and a kitchen floor with lots of sugar on it.
What a fun-filled way to practice two important pre-reading skills: Letter Knowledge & Phonemic Awareness.
If you wanted to make this activity more challenging you could try: clapping the syllables in the words, and doing a little blending and segmenting.
If you wanted to make this activity more baby/young toddler friendly, you could write the words in whipped cream or finger paint rather than using glue and sugar; maybe stick to just letters or even winter pictures.
Don't throw your words out! About a week or so later after doing an activity such as this one, you should go back and review what you've done. For this lesson, we will actually do a mini version of what we did the first time around (without the craft part).