Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Reading with my Kids-Sound Box Books

Jane Belk Moncure's Website
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Preschool–Grade 2

Red and I discovered the Sound Box books by Jane Belk Moncure and illustrated by Colin King a few months ago. Every week we pick out 2 or 3 new letters from the library and they have become bed time and any time favorite books for Red. He likes to take his toy buckets and make his own sound boxes.
In each of the books a young child fills his or her sound box with many words that begin with their respective letter.
For example, in My "p" Sound box, Little "p" puts a poodle and her puppy and a pig and her piglet in her sound box. She then walks down a path to the park where she sees a peach tree and a picnic table. Many other "p" words are used throughout the book and on the final pages all the "p" words are brought together on one 2 page spread. I will point to the pictures and Red will name them. The final two page spread always has new words that were not used in the story. Again, I point to the pictures and help Red name them.
These are great books for introducing early reading concepts to your children. The stories are often cute, although I have enjoyed some letters more than others, and the illustrations by Colin King are fun and enjoyable.
I would recommend these books for any parent with toddler and preschool age children.

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