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Collin’s Story: Collin Writes a Book

In my previous two posts I shared with you a story about Collin, who I will be reading and writing with about two times a week. This week Collin and I read a number of level A and B books. I am pleased with how well Collin is doing with pointing as he reads. I am using lots of praise when he checks the picture and showing him how to confirm by checking the first letter of the word.

One activity Collin enjoyed recently was writing a book with me. Together, we read one of the newest Tiny Treasures from Pioneer Valley Books, Where is Daisy?. After reading this story, Collin and I wrote the book, Where is Nathaniel? Nathaniel is Collin’s brother and his name is a word that Collin knows how to write. We used the language structure Is Nathaniel in here? On each page we made a flap and under the flap placed a sticker. I used the character stickers from Pioneer Valley Books. In a talking bubble we wrote No! At first Collin wrote Is and Nathaniel and I wrote the other words for him. He quickly became willing to write more of the story. We took a photo of his brother, Nathaniel, for the last page and he copied the word yes from the book. Here you can see him reading his book:

Collin is making excellent progress and I look forward to continuing to share his learning with you.

Michèle Dufresne is author of many Pioneer Valley Books  early readers (including the Bella and Rosie series), Word Solvers (Heinemann), and an early literacy and literacy intervention consultant.

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