Practice High Frequency Words with The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree

Have you printed the high frequency word flashcards I shared. You will find a link to print these and the directions to cut them here. Find ways I've shared to practice and teach with them here.
The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree is a fun beginning reader book. It is still one of my children's favorite books. They all had to read it when they saw our copy on the table today. I think it brings back happy memories of us snuggled together sharing the reading of this book.

Have you heard of shared reading?

Together Time 4 Families wrote a great post describing shared reading with links to some good books for shared reading. The post is titled, The Importance of Shared Reading With Young Children . Here's a section of her post that will help you understand more about shared reading and why you might want to try it. Click on the highlighted link to read the entire post and find recommended books.

"There are a variety of types of books you read with your child such as fairy tales, chapter books, nursery rhymes, predictable books, picture books, songs and poems to name a few. But there is a particular type of book and type of reading that provide special benefits. Shared reading using predictable books offer benefits for facilitating the reading and writing foundations for young children.
Shared reading is a type of reading interaction between parent/adult/child. The book is read many times (you know, it is that book your child insists you read over and over). You do the reading and soon your child joins in and shares reading with you.
Predictable books promote reading and writing foundations because these books have
repeated patterns
Because of these traits, children internalize the book that leads to "pretend-reading".
"Shared reading of predictable books allows children to experience this pretend reading. From this pretend reading, they learn what reading is, and they develop the confidence that they will be able to do it. They will also develop print concepts and begin to understand how letters, sounds, and words work"
states P.M. Cunningham.

Cunningham gives three criteria when choosing predictable books.

The book must be very predictable.It allows children to be able to "pretend read" after several readings promoting confidence. Choose a book that has minimal print and sentence patterns that are very repetitive and pictures that support the sentence patterns.

The book must be appealing to the child/children. It should be a book that children want you to read over and over."

 Click here for the rest of this post from Together Time 4 Families.

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree is a perfect book to share read. My kids just started share reading this book after I read it too them a number of times. I didn't even think about what we were doing or what the educational community called it. It just happened.

Sharing the reading of the book will be different each time. Here are some videos to watch to get some ideas. Each of these videos show a little different take on how to share read a book. The last video is a little strange but offers great information.

 If you want your child learning some high frequency words, I suggest practicing some flashcards before either reading the book to your child and pointing under the words or share reading the book. 

Share read The Spooky Old Tree a number of times. It won't be long and your child will be reading this book on his or her own. Every time you read this book your child is seeing high frequency words. The high frequency words your child will encounter in this book are: little, one, with, a, do, go, that, and, will, how, out, up, down, at.

You may want to make a few of your own flashcards for other high frequency words found in The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree.

Have you noticed I've been posting about flashcards every Friday and magnetic letters every Monday? It's my way of making sure I post at least two times per week. You'll find more posts when I'm inspired and have time. Make sure you are following or subscribed with email if you don't want to miss a post.

FYI - I've been writing lenses at Squidoo lately? Here's a helpful lens I wrote at Squidoo called Reading Starts at Home. You'll find ideas to help your child with reading ages birth to six years old. You will find more lenses on my profile page at Squidoo and on MY BEST TEACHING ADVICE page from this blog.


Lauralee Moss said...

This seems like the "Spot" books. Spot is always doing something new. My children can pretty soon tell the story from hearing it so often.

Michelle said...

Sometimes children know a story so well they pretend read it before they can actually read the words. Do your kids do that?

jane31gifts(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Love your blog. Thank you for sharing about helping kids with reading.

Terry said...

What a great collection of ideas and links. Thank you for participating in this month's I Can Read carnival. Just added you to my reader!