Here is another Phonics Reader by Usborne. This book is just as funny as A Lizard in a Blizzard and has a creative story line that makes children want to read it again. Reading books over and over again is such great practice when they are a beginner reader as it helps them develop fluency (the ability to read text accurately, quickly and with expression). It is also great for a non-reader because it helps the child learn new vocabulary, recognize the pattern and rhythm of text, and understand a little more about the story itself.
Here are some speech and language tips as you read this book:
- Speech sounds
- s-blends: snail, starts, sky, stuck, snow
- r-blends: brings, tree, three, from, friends, drops, tractor
- /d/ – day, dawn, dusk, does, dark, deal, done
- /f/ – fail, fox
- Emotions: happy, tired (exhausted), defeated, disappointed, upset, surprised
- Pronouns: I, my, you, he, his, they
- Present tense verbs: brings, wakes, drops, starts, blows, turns
Here is a simple rhyming activity to use along with this book. You can also print this and the b/w version through my Teachers Pay Teachers site here.
I love to also read non-fiction books that correlate to the fiction books that I read to my children. I do this so that we can talk about real and unreal and they begin to learn how to compare and contrast! The book Otters, Snails and Tadpole Tails is a collection of poems about animals in the wetland and is a perfect book to read alongside this one.