Winter! What a beautiful season! Unfortunately, I don’t get to experience nature’s true winter here in Florida. Oh how I would love to run out in the snow and make a snow angel or roll a big snowman… but for now, I only get to experience it through books like, “Snowballs.”
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert is a true classic. It’s simple sentence structure, unique pictures, and clever humor (I mean fish for the snow cat’s eyebrows… that’s funny!) captures children’s attention and heart.
In Snowballs, each “snowman” created is part of a snow family. Teaching Kindergarten, I used this book to nonchalantly reinforce beginning sounds. I focused on the words and names that make up a family: dad, mom, boy, girl, baby, dog, and cat. (Yes, pets are family!!)
While you read, reinforce the beginning sounds of these words:
- /d/ /d/ dad
- /m/ /m/ mom
- /b/ /b/ boy (discuss that a boy in the family can be a /b/ /b/ brother)
- /g/ /g/ girl (discuss that a girl in the family can be a /s/ /s/ sister)
- /b/ /b/ baby
- /d/ /d/ dog
- /c/ /c/ cat
Ask what TWO family names begin with the same sound?
- Dad & Dog
- Boy & Baby
Discuss where they feel movement in their mouth when they make these sounds. For example, the /d/ sound sure feels different than the /b/ sound! Go ahead… say these two sounds and feel for yourself!
The family words used in “Snowballs” are in your child’s daily vocabulary, therefore are great to use when discussing beginning sounds because they are familiar. Using words your little learner uses daily or are able to see and touch are the best words to use when you start teaching beginning sounds because they are able to make personal connections to the words.
Click HERE to visit my TeachersPayTeachers store to download and print my *mini snowfamily interactive reader* called, “My Snow Family.” (pictured above) Practice reading the sentences with your little learner. Encourage them to put their finger on the paw prints as they read each word and say the sounds. Then they can illustrate each snow family member! 1= READ 2= ILLUSTRATE 3= CUT 4= READ 🙂 It is FREE to download for the next few days.
I hope you enjoy talking about your family with your little learner and illustrating what you all would look like as snow people! Please tag me on Instagram if you use my snowfamily interactive reader! I would love to see it in action.
Joanna and Mush Mush
I invite you to visit my website and read up on my newly published,
early sight word books called,
“Mush Mush Readers.”