Behind the Scenes ~ Guided Reading

Behind the Scenes ~ Guided Reading

I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed the comments on the How Do I Teach My Child To Read post. So many teachers {classroom and homeschool} joined in with experiences and advice. So many new homeschoolers asked great questions. I was even reminded of things I forgot to include in the original post!

One things I forgot to mention is the actual method I was trained in while teaching school, Guided Reading. I didn’t even think to mention it as it comes so naturally for me now, I honestly forgot there was a book that I used when I was trained!!! It was required reading {as well as many workshops and training seminars} back in the day and I am glad it was!

Guided Reading is a classroom method that can easily be adapted to homeschool. The book is full of amazing information about teaching your child to read. It is geared toward classroom teachers, but you can just ignore those chapters! The book is expensive at retail price on Amazon, but I bet you could borrow it from a teacher friend or keep your eyes open at used book sales, or even on eBay, or here it is on

One of the awesome things about this program was the method they taught for decoding unfamiliar words. I recall having a hand print up in my classroom that the children referred to, with each strategy on one finger to remind the kids. They also had their own printable bookmark with the strategies on it.

Of course I had to make my own for us and for you! Here is the poster I made which can be hung up in your homeschool, or just used for you to refer to. Guided Reading Strategies

I also added a smaller version which can be cut into a bookmark for your child. I recommend laminating this one if your child will be touching it!Guided Reading Strategies1

You can print these here on my Misc. Preschool Printables page!

More info about Guided Reading

Are you trained in Guided Reading? Former teachers—did you use this method while teaching? Comments are open for any other thoughts, questions, or advice!!!

A few more reading related posts:

Teaching Short Vowels

Teaching short vowels came VERY easy for me! I owe it all to Leap Frog – Letter Factory…the DVD took care of it for me! Seriously, P learned all of his letters, and sounds in just under 3 weeks back when he was around 3-4. But now I am tutoring a little girl from the church we work with and she is way behind in school and I am having to reteach her basic skills, such as short vowel sounds. She is watching the Leapfrog DVDs but can’t watch them as much as P was able to (I let her borrow ours). So, I have her 1 hour per week and in that 1 hour I am trying to fill her brain with all sorts of tricks to make this relearning easier for her.

Last week something hit me as we were working together (P works with us too since they are friends from church). I thought I would share it here in case anyone else needs any ideas for teaching short vowel sounds. We used these photos below to make a simple book for her, with the clues of how to remember the sounds. She and P posed for the photos demonstrating what I had taught them. I made up these clues on my own, although I am sure they have probably been used somewhere before :) but yesterday they all came out of my brain and into action! Feel free to copy the ideas in any way you’d like and if you have any questions, let me know!

A: we called it “scary A” and we scream ahhhh when we see it!E: I taught her that her ear is similar in shape to an “e” and she can hear a long eeee in the word ear. When you want someone to speak up you say, “ehhhh.” I: see their arms are the shape of a lowercase i, with their fists being the dot. They are “itching” their arm, to remind them of the short i sound, as in itch.O: open wide for the dentist, say ahhhh, see your mouth makes an O to remind you of the letter sound you’re making!

U: we had 2 tricks for the short u. Their arms are in the shape of the U, they are pushing up. The other way is to imagine they are doing a pull up and it’s really hard and they are saying ugh.I hope that all made sense, it is really helping her a lot, and giving P a great review! This worked for me, for other Works for Me Wednesday ideas, visit Rocks In My Dryer!

Ordinal Numbers

We are very math-heavy around here lately! Along with money, we’ve been learning ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd…). P loved our game of, “on the bus.” Here he is lining his friends up…
Then we took turns selecting who could get on the bus, practicing our ordinal words. We quizzed each other too…”What place is the kitty?” “Who is 5th in line?” etc.

Money ~ Lapbook

We finished our money lapbook today! Tonight for homework, P will be reviewing it all with Daddy, it will be great practice to reinforce the skills we learned! Here are photos of the completed lapbook…Here he is doing the coin spelling…
Here’s what we did for the inside of the “Give, Save, Spend” triangle fold…I had him tell me about each topic and I recorded what he said. On the back I had him dictate a story to me and illustrate it. I only told him that his story had to include money somehow. He’s quite the creative story writer, always bringing me a good giggle :). This one was no exception! Here is the link to the pdf’s I created.
Here is the link to the “Play Store” cards.

Edited to add… P’s story,
“The Boy That Had No Bibles”
Once there was a little boy and he didn’t have any Bibles so he asked his mom if he could go to the store and buy a Bible. His family said yes so he took some money out of his bank and he just bought a bible. He put it up on the checking counter and they said you may have to come back here because you don’t have enough to buy this. So he went home and he got some more money, and he went off with 25 dollars and he could hardly stand it. He just walked and walked to the store. When he got there the man said, “Oh I’m sorry I just sold the last bible but I did save something for you.” He pulled something out of a little bin , he said, “Here you go it’s your own bible!” The little boy said, “Hey you teased me, how can that be?” But he said, “Well, that isn’t a problem.” The boy said, “Well, I see a page, what story is this?” And he said, “I could tell you that story. It is the story about Adam and Eve.” He told him the story and he walked away to home. His family read his Bible to him all day.

**Can you tell he is a missionary kid? :)

In the Works ~ Money Lapbook

We spent tons of time today on our money lapbook and are almost finished. I made 2 more things for it, based on what I really wanted P to learn at this time. The first is a triangle fold book, talking about giving, saving and spending…with a Bible verse on the inside. The second is an activity learning to spell the names of coins. I printed it on cardstock and cut apart the letters for him to use tomorrow to practice spelling each coin name.I will probably post photos of the completed lapbook tomorrow, he only has a couple of things left to do. I know this particular lapbook will be great for review and I’m sure we’ll drag it back out a lot! Here is the link to all of the pdf files of the things I made for it!