Monday, August 4, 2014

Books and Songs on YouTube Can Increase Reading Skills


YouTube Videos for Early Readers

*Always preview YouTube links before showing them to your kids. Check the video for words changed into inappropriate words as well as foul language in the comments. I don't know what's wrong with people. *Also beware of ads placed on some of these videos as they can also be inappropriate. **ALWAYS PREVIEW!


Songs on YouTube

Songs with visible lyrics are great for getting kids reading. Print out the lyrics for them to read while they sing too! You can find some of my printable lyrics under the Learning to Read Through Songs tab.

Disney Sing Along Songs Channel These are great. And FREE! There are about 15, here are two:





  • Muffin Songs Channel Some have lyrics, some don't. Some phonics songs, some classic songs.
  • Schoolhouse Rock Channel Some of these will definitely be over the heads of the little ones, but my first graders LOVED the Noun and Adjective songs
  • KidsTV123 So many cute learning songs for kids 2 to 7. Everything from alphabet and shapes to Brushing your Teeth and Countries of the World.
  • HooplaKidz Lots of really cute songs here, some with lyrics, some without. (Although I really hate it when something specifically for children is purposely spelled wrong. Pet peeve.)
*For More Check out the Songs to Increase Reading Skills tab.



Books on YouTube


 
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes







Using Songs to Increase Reading Skills

Songs are a great to way to boost learning. They help with memorization, vocabulary and kids love them.
Print out lyrics to your kids favorite songs for word-to-word correspondence. In my class each child has a binder with song lyrics and poems. We play a few songs everyday, use song time as a reward, a brain break, a transition. And on Fridays, instead of Silent Reading during Reading Groups we have "Loud Reading" where they get to read (or sing) from their Lyric binders. It amazes me the words they pick up from these songs--then carry over to books.

Music on CD

Hap Palmer--Website --His calming songs teach specific skills and have whole group activities that go with them.
Learning Basic Skills Vol. I
Learning Basic Skills Vol. II I love "Paper Clocks", "Parade of Colors" and "Let's Dance"
Getting To Know Myself

Greg and Steve--Website Interactive Learning Songs for kids 3 to 9, many of them fast and upbeat.
Vol. 2 We All Live Together
Kids in Motion
Fun & Games

Sesame Street Music
Platinum All-Time Favorites
Sing the Alphabet
Kids Favorite Songs

Dr. Jean Feldman--Website Songs that teach colors, phonics, manners, presidents, everything you can imagine. Her website has lyrics, activities and lost of teacher tips.
Dr. Jean and Friends
Sing To Learn
All Day Long
Kiss Your Brain
               Some Dr. Jean lyrics: Alphardy, Color Farm, Rhyme Time, My Mother is a Baker

Ella Jenkins--Website Beautiful children's songs from all over the world.
You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song --follow the links to hear samples
Songs Children Love to Sing
Multicultural Children's Songs
Growing Up with Ella Jenkins

*Do your kids have favorite songs or CDs? Send me your suggestions! WildRumpusSchoolHouse@gmail.com

YouTube
*Always preview YouTube links before showing them to your kids. Check the video for words changed into inappropriate words as well as foul language in the comments. I don't know what's wrong with people. *Also beware of ads placed on some of these videos as they can also be inappropriate. **ALWAYS PREVIEW!
YouTube Channels: Click on "Videos" to see all they've uploaded.
Disney Sing Along Songs Channel My 1st graders favorites.
Muffin Songs Channel Some have lyrics, some don't. Some phonics songs, some classic songs.
Schoolhouse Rock Channel Some of these will definitely be over the heads of the little ones, but my 1st graders LOVED the Noun and Adjective songs, Electricity and Mother Necessity.
Kids123 Channel Adorable, sweet, calm songs from alphabet to shapes to counting
HooplaKidz Lots of really cute songs here, some with lyrics, some without. (Although I really hate it when something specifically for children is purposely spelled wrong. Pet peeve.)




Songs my Class has LOVED 
(I'll post more of my lyric sheets later--ask me if you need them!)


Phineas and Ferb--Gitchee Gitchee Goo               Gitchee Goo Lyrics




Step in Time--Mary Poppins This one's long!     Step In Time lyrics

             
More from their favorite: Mary Poppins
A Spoonful of Sugar                                            Spoonful of Sugar lyrics
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious                    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lyrics







I Just Can't Wait to be King                                  I Just Can't Wait to be King lyrics



The Bare Necessities                                             The Bare Necessities lyrics

The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?


This Land is Your Land



I Can Sing a Rainbow                                           I Can Sing a Rainbow lyrics





Mr. Grinch Start at 0.12. There have been years I've had to play this song ALL YEAR. They love it, and what's better than 1st graders singing about a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce?                                              Grinch lyrics



Sunday, August 3, 2014

DIY Emergent Readers

An inexpensive and easy way to make Easy Readers is to use your child's favorite coloring books and re-write the text.  Write sentences on post-it notes, masking tape or white cover-up tape you can find in office supply or teacher stores. I like Post-It Labeling and Cover Up Tape.

Using this technique you can incorporate words your child is struggling with or word lists from their teacher. Check out grade level word lists at dolchsightwords.org.

The example below teaches the sight words THIS and IS. Anna and Prince Hans will become sight words the more the child reads them. 


Kids love seeing their favorite characters and learning to read their names. I've also done this in the classroom by making copies and small packets for the entire class. 

*You can also print the Sight Word books I created for my classes here

How Parents Can Help Early Readers At Home


Confused about what books to buy your young readers? 
The predictable, repetitive readers your child reads in school aren't readily available to parents. 

Libraries are filled with wonderful, beautiful storybooks, 
but 4, 5 and 6 year olds can become frustrated trying to read them. 

Here is a list of some book series and authors that cater to beginning readers:


Dr. Seuss Beginning Readers
Okay, this one’s obvious. But they’re great books. Repetitive, rhyming, silly and fun. Some books are harder and longer than others, but books with the "Beginning Reader" emblem on the spine are a great choice. Many of these books teach high frequency words and rhyming.
Green Eggs and Ham
The Cat in the Hat
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Hop on Pop
Fox in Socks

Elephant and Piggie Books By Mo Willems
These books are hilarious! Better than that, they’re easy to read, easy to memorize (Remember that’s an important early reading skill!) and they teach reading with expression. TIP: encourage your child to read with expression by having them act out what Elephant and Piggie are saying and feeling. 
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Today I Will Fly (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
I Am Invited to a Party! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

David books by David Shannon
Kids love these books and because they're funny, there are very few words, and they can easily remember what to read on each page.
No, David!
David Goes to School
David Gets in Trouble

Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit
Biscuit Goes to School
Biscuit's Day on the Farm
Biscuit and the Baby
Biscuit Visits the Doctor
Biscuit's Birthday


    


Other Books with Repetitive or Easy Text
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Ook the Book: And Other Silly Rhymes by Lissa Rovetch Funny, and great for reinforcing chunks.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Ballerina Girl by Kirsten Hall
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom by Kirsten Hall
Dog and Cat by Paul Fehlner
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain


    


Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen
Small, simple, easy to read box set of books.They're very plain, but little ones who like to color may enjoy them. (There is also a BOB books app.)
Bob Books, set 1
Bob Books, set 2
Bob Books: Sight Words, Kindergarten
Bob Books, set 3--Word Families


    


Starfall
A free website with games, stories and videos created for early, emergent readers ages 3 to 7. 
Kids love the website (starfall.com) and now you can buy the accompanying books.



First Little Readers Parent Packs: Guided Reading Books
Published by Scholastic, these are leveled readers that coordinate perfectly with most school reading levels, from late PreK to 1st grade. Each box contains 15 to 25 books, a parent guide, colorful illustrations and just one to two lines of text.
Level A (preK)
Level B (kinder)
Level C (kinder)
Sight Word Readers (kinder to 1st, includes activities and practices pages)
Folk & Fairy Tales (kinder to 1st)



    



* Don't forget you can also print out my FREE readers

*AND you can make your own easy readers by adding sentences to coloring books. 
Write sentences on white masking tape you can find in office supply or teacher stores. 
I like Post-It Labeling and Cover Up Tape. Check out my blog entry on this here


*Tips to Remember:
Look for repetitive books, rhyming books and books they can easily memorize. Memorizing text--and learning to recognize the words they're reading--is a great early reading step. This is how they develop a sight word vocabulary.