Five Little Reading Books that Emphasise Digraphs ‘ch’, ‘ck’, ‘wh’, ‘th’, ‘ee’ and ‘sh’.
“Little White Duck”
“The Little White Whale”
“The Smith Family”
“Greeny, A Little Green Bug”
“A Ship, a Shell and a Fish.”
These Little Books have been written especially to consolidate the reading of words which contain the digraphs ‘ch’, ‘ck’, ‘wh’, ‘th’, ‘ee’ and ‘sh’.
There are six little books and each little book emphasises a digraph.
- ‘Chirpy Chicken’ emphasises the digraph ‘ch’.
- ‘Little White Duck’ emphasises the digraph ‘ck’.
- ‘Little White Whale’ emphasises the digraph ‘wh’.
- ‘The Smith Family’ emphasises the digraph ‘th’.
- ‘Greeny, A Little Green Bug’ emphasises the digraph ‘ee’.
- ‘The Ship, the Shell and the Fish’ emphasises the digraph ‘sh’.
- Each child makes her/his own little book which gives her/him a special interest in the book.
- The little books are written so they are fun to make and to give the child confidence in reading simple sight words and phrases.
- Hopefully, these words and phrases will be added to her/his reading vocabulary.
- Repeated reading of the words and phrases will give the child confidence to read well. It will give him/her the opportunity to improve the oral reading skills of fluency and expression.
- Discussing the pictures and what is happening in them improves the child thinking skills, gives the child valuable practise at expressing her/himself and her/his vocabulary will be extended.
- The child makes the booklet and writes her/his name on the cover. This gives the child a sense of ownership.
- Cutting out (carefully on the line) and colouring in (carefully and with the correct pencil hold) helps improve fine motor skills.
- The booklets can be used in isolation or at the end of Phonic Pack Two.
- Making booklets helps the child realise that the title page is the first page or cover.
- You can look at the title of the book and discuss with the child:
- how the title of the book is written ie: which words have capital letters and why.
- what he/she thinks the book may be about – the thinking and discussion is the important part. It doesn’t matter if it is the same as the story or not.
- Discuss with your child the question, “Does the order of the pages matter in this book?” Let your child experiment to find out.
(In some books the order of the pages doesn’t matter because the pages don’t have to be in order for a story to progress.
In a lot of books the pages do have to be in a particular order to tell the story)
- Making a booklet reinforces the knowledge that we read from the front of a book to the back.
- Ask your child to point to the words as he/she reads the sentences.
- reinforces the left to right eye movement.
- reinforces the fact that sentences and phrases are made up of words.
- encourages the child to look at each word, so enhancing word recognition.
A soft copy is available for direct download or hard copies can be ordered separately – contact us for details.