Luckily, we received a bunch of these books from Trey's cousins but you could easily order them from Amazon or even eBay. First thing after we go over the day of the week, weather and temperature, I read him a Little Leveled Reader book, (we read a new one each week) making sure to have him read along as I point to each word. After that, we go straight into spelling the vocabulary words from the book. First, I hand Trey the flashcards I designed. It has the key vocab words along with simple pictures to help him identify the words. I "pretend" I forgot how to spell the words and have him spell each one out to me while I write it out on our white board. Sometimes I even mess up on purpose to see if he can correct my mistakes.
Then, we switch roles and I read him a word and have him write it out for me on a blank sheet of paper. This not only helps him practice his letters and handwriting, since he has to write out each letter and word, he is more likely to remember the spelling as well.
Click the following links to download the vocabulary flashcards for free.
Tip: I printed the flashcards out on cardstock
and laminated them for extra durability.
Another way we use the flash cards is spread them out on a flat surface and use our Word Cards <-- (click link to download) to place them on the correct flashcard. Once again, since the Vocab Flashcards have a picture of the word on them, it's easier for your child to identify the correct words. It also helps them spell and read.
A second way to use the Word Cards is to print out, cut, and laminate them. I put them up on our Word Wall so we can see them every day.
A THIRD way to use the Word Cards is to simply print them out and either laminate them or stick them in a clear page protector. Then say each word and have your child circle the correct one with a dry erase marker. (They could also use clear poker chips, stickers, etc.)
A fun spelling/reading activity is using a cookie sheet ($1.06 at Walmart) and some magnetic letters ($1.00) at Walmart.) I've designed some simple spelling worksheets to use for this activity. Click the following links to download the Magnetic Vocab Worksheets.
See them in action.
That is all for now! I hope this will give you ideas if you have this book (or plan on getting it) We typically go through one book a week along with all the activities. All downloads will be linked above as well as on our Free Homeschool Printables page.