I’ve tutored many different types of learners over the years. Some were advanced/gifted learners with very different learning disabilities. Others, just needed some one-on-one time and a little encouragement. My big kid is advanced, likes everything laid out for her on Google Calendar and she works at her own pace. She also loves helping me pick out her curriculum, I normally just name things or give her a list and she replies with a yay or nay.
In comes my little man, Monkey. Like his sister he is an advanced learner, but he is also very much still 4 where maturity is involved. This is why I’ve combined preschool and kindergarten for his early literacy/math homeschool curriculum. Over the summer Dad E. and I realized that Monkey has an eidetic memory. He memorized the first 6 books of the Thomas the Train Step into Reading book set. Today we tried reading Green Eggs and Ham. Our first few attempts failed. He was getting frustrated and I was too. He remembers some of the book but he recognizes about 7 sight words that are part of the story. The problem was he was trying to just recite the book instead of reading word for word.
Now it’s time for the flashcards to save the day! Instead of having Monkey read the book, I read a sentence and he had to place the flashcards on the table in same order as they are in the book. It worked great! He had fun and he read the flash cards. I have a feeling this will encourage him to learn sight words we haven’t covered yet at a faster pace. This week we are scheduled to work on the phonics sounds am and at, but I think we will stick with practicing using Green Eggs and Ham and some other books around the house.
Need a list of the most important sight words in the book? Here’s a free download, it includes printable flashcards too.
Take a look at my favorite Green Eggs and Ham apps in the Google Play store.