I needed to pause Rachel’s march through 100 Easy Lessons so we could review her newly-learned words and give some variety to her school day. We had already done some matching cards and she also does reading on starfall.com, but I was looking to do something a little different that would specifically review words in her 100 Easy Lessons AND that was uncomplicated for me.
I came up with this:
It is one of those cheap photo albums you buy at Wal-Mart for about $1. I photocopied the pictures that go with her reading in 100 Easy Lessons and inserted the pictures in the album. I wrote out the “stories,” also from her 100 Easy Lessons, on 4″ x 6″ index cards and inserted them on the pages opposite the pictures.
Rachel loves it. “Oh thank you, Mama. This is Rachel’s book,” she said. Yes, she still refers to herself in the 3rd person. She also calls it her “computer.” I guess the way she has to turn it to read reminds her of the way our laptop computer opens up. She carried her book through the woods to Grandma’s house, she took a nap with it, she showed it off to Sid when he got home and she fiercely protected it from Prairie, who is seriously coveting that book.
However, later this evening, I did see Rachel cuddled with Prairie on the couch under Rachel’s cowgirl blanket, and they were reading her book together.
I also think it would be neat to do a little photo album with a story about Rachel and use photos, but this would require slightly more work on my part. So it probably won’t happen.