Kindergarten Mini-books Teaching Tips!
- Keep kindergarten mini-books easy to read!
Put aside a bucket of crayons or felt markers with the black, dark blue, purple and other dark colored crayons removed.
When the children use the dark colored crayons or felt markers for coloring mini-books, the darker colors cover the words and make the text hard to read.
- Read a finished colored mini-book to the class two or three days before giving it to the children. Get kids excited about the story and talk about concepts and vocabulary they may not be familiar with.
- Expect a learning curve when children first begin assembling the books. Make extra copies as children will cut in the wrong places.
Teach children that the dotted lines are for folding and the solid lines are for cutting. Not all mini-books are assembled the same way and some are more difficult to put together. Be sure to make one before you ask the children to!
- Assembling the books is a lesson in recognizing numbers and then placing the pages in numerical order. Some children will find this more difficult than others.
- When you photocopy a mini-book, photocopy one page a lot larger. Use this page for demonstration purposes. "Go to page 3 in your book that looks like this one. Now find and color all the letter "p"s with a yellow marker. "
- Make a "Mini-book of the Week" center. Put a finished mini book and real or toy objects that go with the story on display in the center. Read the minibook to the class on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday the children will be eager and ready to make their own books. Read them as a group on Thursday. Send the books home on Friday.
Kindergarten mini-books help beginner readers...
These photocopy ready kindergarten mini-books help emergent or beginner readers:
- build reading skills by giving them practice reading and writing words from different word families.
- to become successful, independent, and fluent readers.
- to have confidence as the books are short and do not overwhelm young children.
- review vocabulary as they color the pages.
Educators like them because:
- the reproducible books are photocopy ready and also have extension activities.
- they are easy to send home to review and read with parents.
Suggestions for kindergarten mini-books...
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These are thematic mini-books that are written to engage emerging readers. They have simple, predictable stories with appealing artwork that supports the text and will help students build important reading skills.
Topics include favorites like weather, penguins, friends, plants, the seasons, and many more. Comes complete with easy, step-by-step directions and teaching tips. For use with Grades K-1.
Help students become confident readers with this irresistible collection of reproducible mini-books that will enrich holiday and seasonal celebrations from the first day of school to the last!
Twenty-five stories contain simple, predictable language and delightful illustrations that support the text. It has cross-curricular spin-offs and literature links.
This set These little books, written to go with Guided Reading Level A, are just right for beginning readers! The simple, stories on favorite topics such as birthdays, pets, friendships, and favorite foods include high-frequency words, rhyming, repetition, and
Read and Write Type Mini-books
Each book uses a few simple rhyming words to tell a lively and funny story. Includes ready-to-photocopy pages and extension activities. For use with Grades PreK-1.
Flip books, shape books, step books, accordion books, and other fun formats-just right for emergent readers!
Favorite topics take you through the school year: seasons, holidays, animals, and more. Great for send-home reading practice. For use with Grades K-2.
Sight Word Mini-books - These ones have no cutting or stapling. They just fold and they're ready to use. These reproducible books give emergent readers plenty of practice reading and writing each of the top 100 sight words.
Each mini-book teaches one high-frequency word and features an engaging rhyming poem that kids complete, then a word search to reinforce learning. It also has teaching tips and extension activities.
This set of nonfiction mini-books help children boost comprehension skills, expand vocabulary, and learn important concepts about nonfiction topics such as neighborhood and community, families, transportation, animal homes, plants and seeds, weather, and more.
The little books in this collection feature high frequency words, rhyming, repetition, predictability, and supportive illustrations that encourage young children to become successful, independent, and fluent readers. For use with Grades K-1.
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