Make a Patterned Story
Ever notice how many “early reading” books have phrases that repeat over and over? You may remember, for example, classics like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” or “The Three Little Pigs.” Turns out that these books are more than just cute: reading patterned stories with repeated sentence structure or refrains builds important reading skills, including word recognition, prediction skills, memory skills, and knowledge of sentence structures. And of course patterned stories are still lots of fun. Even beginning readers can predict the text and join in on the reading fun!
Encourage your kindergartener to read and re-read a favorite patterned story so that she can build confidence as a reader, and become an expert on the story. That’s when the fun begins. Now she can use a similar pattern to create her own patterned story – perhaps even one about her family!