My daughter is so proud that she can read simple consonant-vowel-consonant words now. She still needs to sound them out sometimes, but it comes with ease now. Because she's gotten to this point of fluency, she can read for understanding.
The best activity we've done lately is switched the right words to the wrong words. It makes for a funny sentence. I made up a center for her to practice sentences editing and correcting CVC words. In the simple sentences, which have a related image, just one letter is incorrect. The resulting sentence has a CVC word that makes no sense! Finding the errors is a hoot!
Two Options for Sentences Editing
Since my daughter is not ready to physically write out the words, I first printed the cards with the sentences. Then I laminated them so my daughter could circle the WRONG words using a dry erase marker. The lamination also preserves the task cards for future use! I like how easy it is to use and erase using lamination.
Some kids are ready to write and correct the errors, so I also created a recording sheet for others. For this way of playing, the student can record the incorrect words and write what the word should be. This could be a great handwriting practice activity as well. Recognizing and understanding an error is a beginning, and writing and respelling the correct words is another level of learning.
Amusing an Early Reader
Now that my girl has learned to sound out CVC words, the world of stories is opening. The best part of our sentences editing project was that she could find the humor in the incorrect words.
Check out some sample sentences:
Her bright wed sled is fast.
The tot can hit the pat.
The water gum is lots of fun!
The cop mops the web spot.
She understands it all! And she finds it hilarious. Here is a video of my daughter overplaying the hilariousness of the sentences. She loves to laugh and be loud, so she was delighted to play it up for the video. Apologies also for the noise from baby sister and big brother: homeschooling brings the whole family together to do such activities!