Friday, May 15, 2015

WordsBright Review


Smiling Sunrise Review
Sassy is finishing up her first grade year, and she has really taken off in her reading abilities. It's always fun to find books that are at her reading ability as well as having positive concepts. I was given the opportunity to review such a book - S is for Smiling Sunrise from WordsBright.
Smiling Sunrise Review
What We Received
  • S is for Smiling Sunrise - a hardcover alphabet picture book of "goodness, beauty, and wonder."  
  • Pre-K Teaching Guide - available as an electronic download. This guide provides 6 ideas for how to use the book with toddlers and preschoolers.
  • K-3 Teaching Guide - available as an electronic download. This guide provides further concept information, discussion questions, vocabulary, and activities for each letter concept in the book to use with children kindergarten and up.
  • Audio Song Version of the book - available as an MP3 download.

About the Book

Vick Wadhwa, author and publisher of S is for Smiling Sunrise, wrote this book for his daughter when she was 2 years old. He wanted to create a book that not only taught her the alphabet but included positive concepts and values. Each page of the book features a letter of the alphabet, a concept beginning with that letter (for example, Artwork is the concept for the letter A), a colorful picture for the concept, and a 4-line rhyme about the concept. 


How We Used the Book

Now that Sassy's reading skills have improved so much, I had her read the book to me. A couple of the older girls were hanging around so they listened in as well. Some of the words weren't words she recognized, like K is for Kaleidoscope, so I would help her figure out the word. At each page, we discussed the concept given briefly on the first reading of the book. 

After reading through the book once, we went back and focused on a page a day. I used the discussion questions in the K-3 Teaching Guide to have meaningful conversations with her about the various concepts in the book. I also used some of the suggested activities in the K-3 Teaching Guide to expand on the concept. For A is for Artwork, one of the suggested activities is to do some type of artwork. This wasn't difficult for us to do since Sassy loves to create artwork all the time. Some of the activities we will have to go back and revisit, like spotting butterflies since it was a little too cool here at the time for butterflies. 

My Thoughts on the Book

I loved that every page in the book is laid out in the same design. This is ideal for early learners since they will know what to expect with each page. I also really appreciated the ideas for discussion and activities in the Teaching Guide. Providing further exploration opportunities allowed us to go deeper into the concepts. 

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