Teaching word recognition to developing readers can have its ups and downs. I swear there are days when my kiddos are on it, they are recognizing all their sight words, and then POOF! the next day it is all gone. I decided to try out the Letter Buddies series, from Hameray Publishing, with my developing readers.
According to Hameray, "This product line supports the development of letter knowledge and early literacy skills through letter recognition and formation, letter-sound correspondence, phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, and oral language development." I couldn't agree more with this statement. Right away my readers started building letter recognition that they struggled with prior to using this series.
letter books and practiced our letter and whole word recognition. This allowed my readers to begin connecting the inital letter throughout the book.
starter books. These pattern books take the words that students practiced in the letter books and place them in an early reader. These pattern books allow for students to continue to build on their letter and word recognition, while gaining fluency and accuracy with more sight words.
I am so excited for my readers and the skills that they have gained. I cannot wait to use the Letter Buddies Blends Books with them!