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How to Use Read and Draw
This activity includes practice of decoding, comprehension and pencil control.
Decoding: Children sound and blend all unknown words. A word like 'front' is not pronounced exactly as would be expected from the spelling, but it is easy to 'tweak'. It should be read as it is spelled and then adjusted to pronounce in the usual way.
Comprehension: Children reread the text at least twice, until it makes sense to them. Then they draw a picture that includes all the detail from the text that is possible draw.
Pencil Control: Children draw and colour neatly, using a correct pencil grip. I say, "froggy legs with a log under," i.e., the thumb and the first finger are the 'froggy legs'. The pencil is gripped between the thumb and the first finger, just above the sharpened part of the pencil, with the first finger slightly bent and a small gap between the thumb and the finger. The middle finger is the 'log' and goes under the pencil. If the pencil is held too tightly, the child can pretend it is a feather that may break.
If a child is not used to using this grip, it will be difficult at first and drawing will be less neat than usual. Tell the child not to worry too much about that for now; it will improve if it is practised every time the child holds a pencil. The habit of using the correct grip is the priority.
The other hand rests on the paper. The chair is pulled in enough to have the bottom at the back of the chair and back far enough for the child to lean forward slightly. Feet are in front of the chair. Obviously this is easier if the sizes and heights of the table and chair are suitable for the child.
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Read and Draw Worksheets
I have found these useful in different situations:
- To challenge young children who are ahead of the rest of the class: If you have a class at the early stages of reading, but a few can remember the letter-sounds and blend much more easily than the other children, and you want something challenging for them to do independently while you revise letter-sounds and practise reading simple words with the others - give those children Read and Draw sheets to work on independently or in pairs.
- To reinforce letter-sound learning with an older child who is receiving extra individual help with reading: If you have taught a letter-sound correspondence and want a child who has struggled to learn to read to practise decoding words with that letter-sound and to read for understanding - first ask the child to practise reading the text with an adult and then independently read again and draw.
- For homework, but make sure parents understand what is wanted.