Look Inside Teachers' Notes A child goes for a ride when her kite lifts her above the ground. From the air, she sees her house and school, floats in a cloud and flies with birds. Beautifully re-illustrated with a fresh and appealing look, these classic Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying stories about every day life and adventures. Educators' resources include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. Activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills. Sections include; phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
How does a small adventurous kitten explore a new world without being frightened? Will youngsters see themselves in this classic story? Why, of course. Hillert connects with simplicity and whimsy as the kitten romps like a curious child at play during the fall season. No doubt boys and girls will delight in telling similar tales about lively colors found at home, in the yard, or while observing nature. Leaves blow in the wind, ducks fly overhead, red ‘balls’ fall from a tree, and squirrels work gathering nuts. There is a moment when the kitten cries “Help, help!” after falling into a pond. However, since the kitten still goes too far from home, it is truly scared when a jack-o-lantern face on a big pumpkin appears on a neighbor’s doorstep. Suddenly, home is the only safe place and mother cat is the one who reassures. Clearly, running away is not fun any more, at least until another day. Lovely illustrations guide the youngest readers with detail and reinforcement of oral language. Text features for families and educators include a letter by Shannon Cannon, Literacy Consultant, and specific reading reinforcement activities based on the story. Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension are key components of reading instruction as determined by the National Reading Panel. Additionally, a forty-five word list of high frequency words is provided, which children can learn and recognize by repetition. These “Beginning-to-Read Easy Stories” by the author are great for read-alouds as well. Children certainly enjoy favorite stories like this one, whether read at bedtime or for other special times together.