Little Blue Truck Leads the Way


Top Learning Tips for "Little Blue Truck Leads the Way"

While Reading Tip:

This is a story that the kids usually beg to have read over and over.  On repeated readings, let your child join in on the “sound” words.  Pause when Little Blue says beep or at the Wooeeee siren of the police car.  This interactive reading builds participation in the reading process for young children.

 

Extension Tip: 

Pull out the toy cars and trucks and create a busy city scene on the floor.  Create roads on a big piece of paper or a white shower liner curtain.  Act out some sections of the story with your child to reinforce language and events in the story.


Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?

 

As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 

 

After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...

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