After you and your child have read "My Backpack," try this reading activity.
Make a list of five to 10 words naming the items the child in the story put into his backpack. These could include bear, dish, mitt, glasses, kitty. Write each word on a strip of paper, leaving a space between each letter. For example: b e a r.
Tell your child you are going to play a mystery game. Talk about the story and the types of things the child put into the backpack his grandmother sent. Then hide one lettered strip of paper inside the book. Gradually pull it out so your child can see the first letter or letter combination. Ask him to try to guess the word. Help him say the sound made by the letter or letter combination. Ask him to try to guess the word.
Help him say the sound made by the letter or letter combination. If he needs more clues, pull the strip farther until the next letter is shown and help him blend the sounds. Continue until your child guesses the mystery word or until the whole word is displayed. Give your child the strip of paper containing each word that is read correctly.
This activity provides your child with practice in sound blending.
Pub Date: 8/26/98