Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Llama Llama Learns to Read

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Being able to identify the alphabet is the stepping stone to recognizing sight words and independent reading. It's always wonderful when books can tie into these important skills. So when Penguin Books sent us the latest Llama Llama book, we fell in love! Practicing the ABCs doesn't have to be boring or redundant. See how I used this book to draw my little learner into working with the ABCs.

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A Note from the Publisher: Anna Dewdey passed away in September, 2016, at the age of fifty from cancer. A teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children, she continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna was a warm-hearted, wonderful, wise soul who will be forever missed, but whose spirit lives on in her books.


Llama Llama Loves to Read is a darling addition to the Llama Llama series. Over the course of his day, Llama Llama gets help to practice his letters, reads stories, goes to the library. And by the end of the day, little Llama is on his way to becoming a reader. Get your copy  here. After reading the book, we did a fun alphabet activity that fits right in with the theme of the book.

Items Needed:
ABC Matching Printable
laminator (optional... this is the one we use)
ABC magnets

Preparation: 
1. Ahead of time, print out the ABC matching printable available below. You may want to print out two copies to use with each of the activity variations.
2. It is suggested that you laminate printable pages for durability if they are going to be used more than once or with several children.
3. Set out the activity in the variation you choose on a tray or inexpensive cookie sheet to create an invitation to learn. Invitations to learn are eye-catching set ups that garner a child's curiosity about the activity. I like to set them up on trays/cookie sheets because it helps to keep small pieces somewhat contained.

Activity Variation #1
After printing and laminating pages, cut out each Upper/Lowercase letter card. Place at a learning center with alphabet magnets. Encourage young learners to match the magnets to their corresponding letter card.



Activity Variation #2
After cutting out letter cards as in Variation #1, split each card in half (separating the upper and lower case versions. Children can then match the uppercase letters to their lowercase partners.


Click the link below to download





Here are some other great ways to help children learn their ABCs:
Take the alphabet outside with this fun Llama Llama related activity.
Go on a letter sounds scavenger hunt.
Hop through the alphabet with this board game for kids.
Practice letter shapes with buttons.
Play an alphabet matching game with milk caps.
Make sight words out of clothespins.
Go on an alphabet hunt.
Have a letter sounds race.
Trace letter shapes with legos.
Match pictures with letters they start with in a first letter sounds activity
Practice building sight words with this car phonics game.


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