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
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.
Click on the titles below for Read and Draw Worksheets that I have written over time
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.