Bob Books for Krash!

imageWe did not use Bob Books with Pac Man, simply because I had so many other early readers, I never bought them. I got a set of 5 boxes of Bob Books {they are the older box style but the books are the same} at a consignment sale last spring for $5 {I know, amazing deal} not really thinking much of them. I just put them on a shelf along with our other early readers…knowing Krash wasn’t ready yet.

He is ready now and has been showing the signs of wanting to learn to read. I believe in waiting for this instead of forcing instruction for my children and instead trying to instill a love of reading and a desire to learn to read. He recently began to show an interest and we have slowly been working on it more and more. I have added things gradually to his school routine, to foster this development. If you have seen my Behind the Scenes: How Do I Teach My Child to Read? post you know I don’t believe in pushing a child to read, just following along gently and encouraging the development!

I noticed the Bob Books up on my shelf and decided to grab the first set for Krash and boy am I glad I did, he LOVES them!!!!!


I had no idea something so simple would be the turning point for him. He went from showing some interest to actually reading and asking to be taught even more! He is even wanting to show off his new reading skills, of course lounging in our big bean bag!


Not only did we discover the books, we also discovered the Bob Books iPod App!!! It is awesome and he LOVES it!

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So, in case you are looking for some great early readers, I say go for Bob Books! The other early readers we have are great too, but I am happy to add Bob Books to our collection! Bob Books certainly aren’t literary works of art ;-) but I do believe they are just right for some kids!

You all know me, some printables to accompany the words he is learning are bound to come in the future, so stay tuned! I have already started a simple PowerPoint show too!

Color by Number Sight Words

I recently saw an awesome idea involving sight words on another blog, which led to emails between us!  Although Annie created her own set of printables for her daughter {and to share} she also gave me her blessing to make a set to go along with my RRSP program!  Mine are a bit different than hers, but many of the words will be the same.  I invite you to check out hers also to see which design will better suit your child!  If you are looking for other sight words, she probably has those, her set has more!

Free Color By Number Sight Word Printables

This set includes include all of the sight words introduced in the RRSP program…

Color By Number Sight Words all they Color By Number Sight Words for little Color By Number Sight Words it is

Color By Number Sight Words see can Color By Number Sight Words the and Color By Number Sight Words you your

Color By Number Sight Words away do Color By Number Sight Words down one Color By Number Sight Words good not

Color By Number Sight Words in he Color By Number Sight Words me my Color By Number Sight Words said we Color By Number Sight Words to go

As you can see, I made them 2 per sheet, mostly because Krash doesn’t like to color huge things and I thought he would enjoy the smaller version, and he does!  I made the color words in color, but if your child is already reading color words, you could print in gray scale for a bigger challenge!  These are a great review of colors, number ID, and lowercase letter ID as well as sight words!  I provided a place for the child to trace the word also.


After Krash colors his word, I am cutting the right side off to make a set of flashcards for him.  For this reason, I print mine white cardstock to make them a little sturdier.  You could also laminate them—I haven’t decided if we will or not!

I hope you enjoy these, you can find the entire set here on my website.  If you are having trouble printing PDF files, this post might help you!

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.