So this is probably becoming obvious, but I really like putting together my own little bits of curriculum to use in school with E. First there was the Twinkle Twinkle Totbook, and now I’m putting together a little series of books to use with sight-words to help E get the general idea of “reading.” I have the A Beka sets (which both Seth and I learned from as wee ones ourselves!), and while I like them and will definitely use them once we’ve moved on to phonetics, right now they’re too phonics-oriented. I’m kind of on board with the whole sight-words-first theory–right now I just want her to understand what words are, that they’re composed of letters, and that they tell stories. Because the A Beka books are oriented towards teaching groups of sounds (and sometimes only sounds), their stories are less cohesive and story-like than E is really interested in, and because they’re aimed at older kids (the ones with real, whole words are K5), they throw a lot of words at you at once.
So I’m making my own, since little books are a very simple project, and this way I can custom-tailor them to E’s interests! This is the first book. It’s eight pages, all with illustrations and a “word list” that points out the new words on each page. If you have a double-sided printer (or a way to figure out which way to flip the pages and when!) then this prints up very nicely on just two pieces of letter-sized paper, plus one for the flashcards. There are sixteen words, which I think is a very graspable amount for a preschooler. In future minibooks, I’ll try to keep as many of these words as possible (mainly by keeping the same tenses and sentence constructions) so that the total number of new words will not be as high.
So, that’s my Works for Me Wednesday: I like resorting to my computer instead of combing the homeschool curriculum catalogs! (And WFMW visitors, please check out the totbook!) I’m planning to continue making totbooks and obviously to continue my little series of preschool sight-word reading books as well.