As promised in my last post about our top ten resources for teaching beginning phonics, here is a collection of Short Vowel Stories adapted for children with T21. I wrote these for my oldest child when she was learning to read. Since I’m all about adapting materials for children with T21, of course I had to adapt these stories for Junior. I spent a fair amount of time adapting the stories for him, increasing the font size, putting double spaces between each word, and adding a lot more visuals to help with reading comprehension. So, when he buzzed through these stories, I have to admit I was pleased, but I also had that unsettling feeling you get when you spend two hours cooking up a wonderful meal and then your teenage sons devour it in five minutes.
Anyways, I think this collection of very short stories will help your children (with or without Down Syndrome) enjoy success as they first read phonetically. And yes, for you they’re free.
Here’s a video of Junior giving a little demo:
There are five little books in this set, one for each of the short vowels.
Upload them here for free:
If you don’t have a color printer or want to purchase Short Vowel Stories bound in a book, it is available at Amazon here: Short Vowel Stories, 2nd ed.
And don’t forget, if your child is not yet ready to read phonetically, I have adapted these sight-word based books:
Finally, if you’re teaching a child with Down Syndrome to read, check out these posts:
And stay tuned for this upcoming post: Teaching Children with Down Syndrome to Read: Our Top Ten Resources for Teaching Beginning Phonics
If you’re teaching a typically developing child to read, see these posts: