When he turned three, Mini Me got a set of BOB Books (at my request). I thought he was ready to start using them but I was wrong. He wasn't that interested in trying to read them himself and just wanted me to read to him. I figured that would eventually lead to him memorizing the books, which he does so well, and that would defeat the purpose. I pulled the books out to try on occasion throughout the year and it's just in the last month that he is extremely interested - and so excited - to really read them on his own. He knows all the letter sounds and simply loves sitting with me to read his books. I get giddy lumps in my throat watching him read. What an amazing skill!
Long ago I saw this post on a little game to practice word families. When I saw Mini Me getting so excited about reading his BOB Books, I thought it might be the right time to give the game a try, too. Our word sticks are not as fancy as the post I read, but Mini Me put them together with me and I think that is more meaningful to him - he made them himself.
We gathered paint sticks, paper towel tubes, yarn, crayons, and markers. Daddy helped us drill a hole in each paint stick. Mini Me decorated the paper towel tubes and wrote some of the word family letters on each one.
Our word sticks are double-sided and we can practice the -ig, -ug, -at, -ack, -ot, and -et word families. As soon as we get more empty paper towel tubes, we're going to make some more. This is so much fun for Mini Me.
Here is a video of him in action:
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