“Look Mom, I made a yellow duck!”
Transitioning Kids from Building with LEGO’s to Reading Sentences.
My 5 year old son is right on the cusp of beginning to sound out words on his own, I am trying to make sure to sneak in a reading activity into every day. From building with LEGO Duplo’s we easily transitioned into reading sentences. Here is how:
“That’s right, you made a yellow duck. What other pond animals can you build with LEGO’s” I asked? He reached for the green right away.
“A green frog he said.” and started to build. While he was building – I RAN to get my sentence strips and a marker. By the time I found both, he had the frog done.
“Hey, that’s pretty neat.” I said, ” Can you tell me about it?”
“It’s a green frog.” He replied.
“Did you know we could make a sentence about your green frog?” I asked excitedly (holding the marker ready.)
“Really?” he looked at me.
” I made a ____ ____.” I wrote down. As I wrote the letters I said the sounds. When I finished writing, I put my finger under each word and read the sentence. I made a _____ ____.
“What should we put in this empty space?” I asked.
“blue frog” he answered. So, I wrote the words blue and frog on two more pieces. We continued building and writing more pond animals. The LEGO animals “loosely” resembled the animals they represented. Here are some pond animals we made:
- yellow duck
- green frog
- green turtle
- red fish
- yellow lizard
- brown toad