a. Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Magic Fingers – Have children hold up their pointer and explain that it is their “magic finger” to help them read. Put a little spritz (magic lotion) on their finger. Use the finger to touch the front of the book and the back of the book. Touch the top of the page and the bottom of the page. Sweep your magic finger under each line from left to right.
When You Read You Start at the Top – Children can sing this song to the tune of “London Bridge” as they practice the movements:
When you read you start at the top,
Start at the top,
Start at the top.
When you read you start at the top
And go to the bottom of the page.
When you read go left to right,
Left to right,
Left to right.
When you read go left to right
And then go to the next line.
Finger Pointer – Glue a fake fingernail to a craft stick. What an engaging way for children to track print from top to bottom and left to right!
Yummy Pointers – Give children Bugles to put on their fingers to practice following a line of print. They can eat them when they are finished.
*Pretzel sticks also make edible pointers.
Envelope Bookmark – Cut a diagonal corner off an envelope. (One envelope will make 4 of these.) Let children decorate these with markers. Practice reading books and putting the bookmark on the upper corner to “save your place.”
Simon Says – Each child will need a book to play this variation of “Simon Says.”
Simon Says show me the front of the book.
Simon Says show me the back of your book.
Simon Says show me the first page in your book.
Simon Says show me the last page in your book…
Long Story – Stack four or five sheets of paper on top of each other and staple 4 times down the left side as shown. Cut horizontally across to make 4 “long” books. Put a green dot on the left side by the staple. Children can make designs, write letters, write numerals, etc. starting at the green dot and going across the page.