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American Montessori Consulting
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Rossmoor, CA 90720
Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
Frances Henderson, Manager
ISSN 1084-743X
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Contents in Part 2 of this newsletter include:

Make Your Own Beginning Reading Books - Part II

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Looking for Missy can be used by the parent or teacher as a prototype for creating additional story books for young children. You will want to review the chapters covering beginning and intermediate phonics presentations in Montessori at Home and Modern Montessori at Home. or some of the other Montessori books available at your local library.

The story centers around the bear, Rusty, who trys to locate his pal Missy. Rusty enlists the help of Dotty the doe, Ollie the owl, and others. Finally, Rusty finds Missy busily playing with a new buddy, Charley the chipmunk. You will immediately see many differences between Looking for Missy and Gabby and Her Goslings. The amount of sentences appearing per page has increased in Looking for Missy. This book is ideal for the beginning reader who is comfortable decoding most monosyllable words and is eager to reinforce knowledge in decoding base words with ing, ed, and s endings.

You'll also notice that the sentence structure is a bit more complicated. Many of the sentences appearing in this book are longer than the ones appearing in Gabby and Her Goslings. Double spacing between sentences is still used, but because the beginning reader is more comfortable with reading, the font size can now be decreased. The New York style, size 14 font was used for this story in print form.

Parents will also want to present lessons involving root and suffix endings, as outlined in Modern Montessori at Home. Rules for endings, i.e. -ing, -ed, -er and -est as well as lesson presentations for parents and teachers are outlined in Modern Montessori at Home.

The base word look is found in Looking for Missy. The words look(s) and look(ed) also occur throughout the text. Besides using the base word look, you'll also see the base + suffix for run = runs, and run = running. Thus, the child receives reinforcement in identifying and correctly pronouncing the base word, with, or without a suffix.

A limited amount of words containing phonograms like th, ay, ear, oi, oo, ew ,and ought are used in this story. Therefore, you will want to review pages 19 through 49 of Modern Montessori at Home to make sure that your child has received lesson presentations covering the various phonograms in preparation for the new words he will discover in Looking for Missy.

By using the lessons and charts included in the phonics section of Modern Montessori at Home, you can create interesting stories that your child will enjoy. You can tailor some stories to fit your child's personality and interests.

Repetition is important. Select your words carefully. Try to limit the amount of phonograms you introduce in your first few stories. Let's suppose that you have just finished presenting the exercises included on pages 34 through 36 in Modern Montessori at Home. During your learning sessions you notice that your child has a keen interest in the ocean and beach. He thoroughly enjoys the missing letter and spelling games you have created using the words which apply to the ocean environment.

Use your imagination to create a short story using these words. You might want to write about a lonely crab, a friendly whale, or a boy searching for that perfect seashell. Which ever theme you select, you can easily incorporate many of the words mentioned throughout Looking for Missy into your new book.

Use the phonogram charts located on pages 42-47 in Modern Montessori at Home to assist you with word selection. Initially, you will want to use many monosyllable words, especially if your child is just beginning to read. You will find complete information about monosyllable words in Montessori at Home.

If you have a computer, you can print out your stories for your child. If you don't have access to a computer, you can print the stories on writing paper, large white index cards, or on construction paper.

You will want to use clip art, photos, or actual drawings to add interest to the story. Spend time discussing the story you created with your child. For example, while reading Looking for Missy your child may have many questions about bears and their interaction with the environment.

Below are some selected pages from the book Looking for Missy
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Rusty climbs a tree. He is looking for Missy. Rusty can
see very far up in the tree. He looks and looks. Rusty sees
many things, but Rusty does not see Missy. Where can
Missy be?
Page 2

Rusty finally reaches the top of the hill.
He looks and looks. He cannot see Missy.
Rusty now feels tired. He sees a nice place to take
a rest. I will rest for awhile, thought Rusty.
I can look for Missy later.
Page 9

Missy, Charley and Rusty play for many hours.
Rusty likes the new games. He is happy that Missy
asked Charley to join in their fun.

It was now time for Rusty to go back home. Rusty had a
fun day but he was tired. He looks forward to playing with his
new friend and Missy tomorrow.
Page 13

From - Looking for Missy- Copyright 1997© American Montessori Consulting

Click here to see some additional pages of the text with accompanying pictures. With careful planning, you can use your books during your lesson presentations. If the contents of your book is centered around life on a farm, you could consider using the book during a lesson presentation about farming or nature. Thus, these story books can serve as adjunct to interdisciplinary learning.

Don't stop now! Read Part One of the AMC Montessori Fall/Winter 2000 Supplemental newsletter Don't forget to bookmark this page for your lesson planning and holiday gift giving! We hope you have a wonderful holiday.

American Montessori Consulting
P.O. Box 5062
Rossmoor, CA 90720
Heidi Anne Spietz, Editor
Fall/Winter 2000 Supplemental Newsletter
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