By now I hope you have read this month’s book with your Lil’ and I hope you both enjoyed the books. I have read both books to Rea and admittedly If I Built a Car is a bit too high for her to understand, but she is LOVING Little Blue Truck

This week you will be reading our focus book for the second time and I encourage you to focus on concepts about print. Concepts about print are pre-reading skills that are necessary to begin to learn to read. They are skills that most children will obtain inherently as long as they are read to frequently. These skills include:

  • holding the book right side up
  • recognizing that text is written by an author
  • reading from left to right
  • turning the pages the correct direction
  • recognizing that words hold meaning
  • the “return sweep” – recognizing that you read left to right and then swoop down and read left to right again

It is important to only focus on one concept about print (CAP) skill at a time so that the text is still enjoyable and comprehendible. With that said, this month we are going to focus on the return sweep.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Concepts About Print
    • Turn the pages the correct direction when being read to
    • Hold book right side up
    • Understand that books go from left to right & top to bottom
    • Understand that the text on the page has meaning

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Concepts About Print
    • Turn the pages the correct direction when being read to
    • Hold book right side up
    • Understand that books go from left to right & top to bottom
    • Understand that the text on the page has meaning

Required Materials

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*Little Blue Truck - Lil' Explorers

*If I Built a Car - Lil' Creators

Lil' Explorers - Little Blue Truck

In order to teach your Lil’ about the return sweep, you simply use your finger to guide your reading. I recommend that you read at your normal pace and move your finger at that same pace.

Lil' Creators - If I Built a Car

In order to teach your Lil’ about the return sweep, you simply use your finger to guide your reading. If I Built a Car is a rather wordy book, so I recommend that you read at your normal pace and move your finger at that same pace, rather than trying to point to every single word as you read it (we will save that for a book with less words).

Teacher Tip

Ya’ll it is really as simple as just using your finger to guide your reading. You do not have to talk about it or tell your child to go left to right and then down to the next line. If you use your finger as a guide while you read, your Lil’ will observe this and begin to see that you are always following the same pattern of left to right – down – repeat. If you do this once a week when you are reading to your child they will inherently learn the skill of the return sweep.

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