Yellow readers are only reading the pictures.
At this level, your child won’t actually read any words and may not even look at the words, but she will remember the repeating sentence pattern and “read” the pictures.
Your child is learning that reading is thinking, which is an important foundation for future comprehension skills. This level is all about pride of ownership. Praise your child for learning to read on her own. Call up Grandma to boast about the exciting news! Your child will take great pride in feeling she can actually do this on her own. You will be able to watch your child thinking actively as she integrates the picture clues with the sentence pattern. As long as you don’t expect her to really read, this level will go quickly and be great fun for both of you.
Above all else, keep it fun. Cozy up on the couch with a yummy snack. This isn’t work time. It’s all about making reading an enjoyable activity to do with Mom or Dad.
In Yellow books, the sentence is the same on every page except for one word that changes to reflect the main idea of the picture.
For example: This bus is red. This bicycle is red. This apple is red.
Yellow books work like “training wheels” on a 2-wheeler. Children can “read” Yellow books before they can actually read any of the words or letters.
There are three stages of Yellow (1Y, 2Y, and 3Y levels) with a new reading skill at each stage:
1Y readers can use the sentence pattern and pictures to “read” the book.
Learning to Read Yellow Books
2Y 2Y readers can point to each word as she says it.
Once your child has mastered using the pattern and pictures to read, the next skill to learn is tracking. Tracking means that she can touch each word as she reads it and that the number of words she says matches the number of words on the page.
To be ready to learn to track, your child should already be able to correctly count small numbers of objects. If she can’t, try these ideas to get her counting:
Next, your child needs to understand the difference between a word and a letter. Try these ideas to help her learn:
3Y readers can make the sound of the first letter of the new word on each page, then say a word that BOTH starts with that sound and makes sense with the picture.
Once your child has mastered tracking, the next skill to learn is to use the sound of the first letter of a new word as a clue to help figure out the word.
Learning all the letter sounds can take some time. While in the car or around the house, here are some activities to help practice initial consonant sounds:
When a proficient 3Y reader comes to the new word on each page of a Yellow book, he gets his mouth into position to make the sound of the first letter. THEN he looks at the picture for something that starts with that letter sound.
Learning to Use Initial Consonant Sounds