Kindergarten Homeschooling- Teaching Beginning Reading, Part 3

I hope you are loving this blog series on teaching beginning reading at home! Lydia is just getting started with kindergarten homeschooling, and we are loving it. One huge advantage of homeschooling is that you can customize your teaching style to fit the needs of your child. For example, last week Lydia was working on book five of Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers. However, I knew that she still needed a little extra work on book four, so on Thursday we did a book four review day.

For the day’s activity, we remade the sentences from the first three pages of the book Mac.

Before the lesson, I printed off the words would would need in a large, Comic Sans font and cut them apart. To begin the lesson, she read the entire book to me. Then, she found the words she would need to remake the first sentence.


At first, she missed the word had. She thought she was done. So I read the words she had selected back to her. Mac a bag. I didn’t tell her what was missing. She found the word herself and put it in the right place.


Don’t forget the period at the end of the sentence!


Next she read the sentence back to me, pointing at each word as she read.


Fantastic job!


Time to move on to the next page.


Pointing and reading the completed sentence.


We’re on our way!


The magnetic letter activity I described in the previous post gets the child thinking about letters and sounds in the words he or she is reading. The sentence remaking activity gets the child thinking about the whole sentence. Both activities help the young learner slow down the reading a bit and think about what’s on the page, rather than just memorizing that particular book.

Make sense?

A few of you have asked me what Luke does while Lydia is working on her homeschool lessons. There is no one answer, but during this lesson, he was busy with blocks.


Happy reading!

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  1. Janet says:

    “thinking about what is on the page, rather than just memorizing that particular book” is so important! I taught piano for several years, and the challenge of teaching children with “good ears” was encouraging them to read the notes, because they memorized so quickly. I am loving being a part of Lydia’s kindergarten class!! : )

    ... on July 16th, 2012
  2. Jane Carden says:

    Amy, do you buy the Bob books locally, or do you order them from an online site, such as

    ... on July 17th, 2012
  3. Amy says:

    Hi Jane! I purchased some used at the JBF sale (including this beginner set), and I order two more sets from Amazon. I think I’ve seen them at Mardel. Not sure where else they are sold locally.

    ... on July 17th, 2012
  4. madalyn says:

    Lydia and Luke are getting so big, Amy! :)

    ... on August 29th, 2012

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