Little Stories for Little Folks Catholic Phonics Readers by Nancy Nicholson
The sun is up. The sun is hot. The pup is in the hot sun. Pat has a cup. It has pop in it. The pop is cool. The pup can not have pop. The pup is sad.
Little Stories for Little Folks is a two-year, Catholic, phonics-based reading program designed to be started in kindergarten and completed in first grade. Beginning with colorful flashcards printed on stiff cardstock and active games for alphabet letter and sound recognition, the program progresses to pre-reading exercises which teach the student to blend sounds into words. The child then begins reading the 45 colorfully illustrated stories about other homeschool families! Each story is printed on 8½"×11" sheets to be folded into little booklets, which give the child the satisfaction of finishing a “whole book.” Booklets are illustrated mini-stories containing words from new phonics concepts, as well as words learned in previous lessons, to provide maximum word exposure (nearly 7,000 words!). By the time the child completes Little Stories for Little Folks in first grade, he will be reading at a second- to third-grade level.
The pool is cool. The pup jumps in. Pat and the pup have fun in the pool. Pat hugs the cool pup.
LEVEL 1 6
Sound of oo
Jump in! The pup will not jump in. Pat jumps in the pool.
The Name Game a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ___ut ___up ___ump ___ut ___up ___ump ___ut ___ump
LEVEL 1 6
The Hot Pup
The Hot Pup
NEW WORDS AND SOUNDS
Discuss the Story Say, “This story is about a boy and his dog. They are hot because they are playing outside under the sun. What do you do to cool down when it is hot outside?” Introduce Flashcard
Pup does not have a name. Would you like to give him a name?
Cut out the oo flashcard on page 287 and introduce it to the child. Say, “You can read the word pool . Look at the two o ’s at the top of this card. When two o ’s are used side by side, they often make the sound of oo as in pool . Let’s sound it out together: pp-ooo-ll .”As you exaggerate and blend the sounds,
Level 1, Book 6
Pat and bug Pat and pup Pat and Mom
Read the sentences.
A bug is in the pool.
Jump in, Pup.
Pup has fun!
Pig is hot.
Will Pig jump in the pool?
No, Pig, no!
point to p , oo , and l in turn to demonstrate movement from one sound to the next. Note that the sound blend oo should be treated as a single sound, not as two separate letters. Prompt the child to sound out the word on his own. Prepare to Read Play the Name Game, following the directions starting on page 15 to create one or two words from each word family. You will return to finish the Name Game after the story is read. Assist your pupil in sounding out the “New Words and Sounds” listed on the front of the booklet. Follow the directions on page 16 to introduce your pupil to the “Words that Follow Different Rules” on the front of the booklet. Read the Story Follow the four-step process described on page 16 to help your child read the story. Follow the directions on page 17 to finish the Name Game. Practice the story until the child achieves mastery (see pg. 18). Complete the Worksheet Read the directions on the worksheet to the child, then help him sound out the words to complete the worksheet. Play the Silly Willy Sentences Game Now that your child has completed Level 1, Book 6, he is ready to play the Silly Willy Sentences Game. See game instructions on pages 19–20 and word tiles on page 295. Expand the Lesson Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level K: Week 6 assignments, pgs. 25–28.
Expand the Lesson
More Phonics The letter combination oo makes neither the short nor long vowel sound of o . This letter combination can be pronounced in many ways, often dependent on regional pronunciation. Oo often makes the sound found in too , pool , and cool .
Every lesson in Little Stories for Little Folks is immediately preceded by a parent instruction page which shows how to present the reading exercises, worksheets, active games, and stories. All of these are organized and contained under one cover, making presentation of the lessons super-simple.
KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE
Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level K: Starting Up by Nancy Nicholson
I can make a
B B B B B B b b b b b b b baby
This penmanship workbook reinforces phonics lessons from each story in Level 1 of Little Stories for Little Folks as primary students copy letter combinations and words that they have just read in the story booklets. 67 pgs. Top spiral bound, single sided pages. 8½"×11" CHHK $16.50
Week 1, Lesson 3: Letters A and M and Short Vowel a
Trace over the dotted lines. Be sure to follow the arrows.
At Mass. From Little Stories
Tip: Did you know that printed lower case letters never start at the bottom?
for Little Folks, Level 1, Book 1
Aa / Aa/Aa/ Aa/Aa/Aa/// Mm Mm /M/ Mm/Mm/Mm/ 2 4 3
Week 7, Lesson 4
Little Folks’ Letter Practice by Nancy Nicholson This kindergarten workbook introduces letter formation and beginning phonics while simultaneously exposing children to tenets of our Catholic Faith. 60 pgs. Softcover. 8½"×11" LFLP $7.95
Directions: Trace over the dotted lines. Then print the words on the blank part of the lines.
//////////// G/t/an//gg./ ////////////
Turn to page 40 for the companion book: Little Folks Number Practice
Read more about the Catholic Heritage Handwriting series on pages 36–37.