This week the girls and I have been enjoying one of our newest books, Giraffe in the Bath and Other Tales. This compilation of six phonics stories is quite the hit in our house. The stories are short, engaging, rhyming, and contain colorful illustrations. They are also somewhat silly, which makes the girls laugh and remember what we have been reading about in the story.
As a reading specialist, I really enjoy these stories not only as something fun, but also as a learning tool. Their rhyming patterns are great for younger readers to identify as they listen to the story. Additionally, these books provide an opportunity for the teaching of various vowel sounds and patterns as children continue to grow as readers. I am always looking for something new and fun to read with my girls at home and also with my students during the school year.
While right now we are just enjoying the stories for stories, I look forward to being able to use these familiar stories with the girls as they continue to grow as readers. Izzie loves to be able to read some of the words and Sophia is beginning to identify letters in the words. This collection of stories will definitely come in handy in the future!
As a closing thought, always remember to have fun with reading. Check out Sophia in her giraffe mask that she made today and wore as we read the story tonight!