Both Bella (4) and Noah (6 with Down syndrome) have been enjoying Bob Books lately. I had some ideas I wanted to put to the test, and the results are I have some free printable flashcards to go with Dot and Mit.
This is what we did (^). And here are the free printable flashcards in plain black ink: Dot and Mit – Collection 1, Book 5 Text Flash Cards. Print, laminate and cut the flash cards.
By the way, have you ever considered teaching basic punctuation to your children at the same time they learn to read? These activities are your chance. Most children learn to read and write long before they understand what a period is, and it is difficult for them to remember that suddenly they have to add something to the end of a sentence. As your child recreates these sentences, make sure they insert the commas and periods. Don’t go overboard in your explanations, just point out the way it is in the book and that the sentence ends with a period. If they build the sentence without the period and seem finished, prompt them with, “What goes at the end?”
Capitalization can also be taught easily here. Again, don’t go overboard with global rules or try to explain what a proper noun is. Show your child that the first word of the sentence in the book starts with a capital letter because it is the first letter of the first word. In instances where they have both the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter to choose from, have them compare the two cards and choose which one to use. Tell them the reason the letter is capitalized, i.e. it is a person’s name or it is the first letter of the first word of the sentence.
Here are some ways to use the flash cards:
(Concepts practiced: Word recognition, matching, capitalization, punctuation, reading, working memory, short-term memory)
- Place small magnets on the back of one copy of the following words: Dot, has, a, cat, (.), (,), Sit, mat, End, is, not, nap, did, on, Mit, The, and, sit. (These are all the words used in the book. If you want to recreate the book one sentence at a time, these cards will allow you to do that.) Using an oil drip pan, metal door or refrigerator, open the book up to page 1. Have your child recreate the sentence on the page by using the magnetic flashcards. For the next page, have him identify which words he will need to reuse from the first sentence to create the second sentence, and then have him choose from the remaining cards to complete the sentence. (If you are in a classroom or don’t have a metal surface available, skip the magnets and let the children build the sentences on the floor.)
- Choose 4 words and make multiple flashcards for each of those words. Create a stack containing all copies of each of the four words. Create four columns by placing a different word at the top of each column in a pocket chart or on the floor. Now have your child place the remaining cards in the matching column.
- Make two copies of the flashcards, and create a memory (concentration) game using two cards per word. You can play this game with the words face up or face down.
- For a simpler version of the first idea mentioned above, make two copies of the listed words instead of one. Follow the steps through putting the magnet on the back. Create the first sentence in the book using the flashcards. Have your child take the second copy of the words and place them under the identical matching cards you laid out.
- Another way to simplify Idea No. 1 is to lay out the flash cards for only the page the child is currently working on. This means that instead of having to search through 18 cards to find a word, they will only have to search through 5 or 6.
I really enjoyed doing these activities with Bella, and I saw there is a big difference between reading a word in a book and searching for a word among others. Recreating each sentence word by word required Bella to read the word in the book and then remember it while searching for the matching word. The use of working and short-term memory combines to make this an effective cognitive-building exercise.
Stay tuned for a free printable writing exercise using the words out of Dot and Mit – Bob Books, Set 1- Book 5.