As we get ready for first grade, this has been a summer of battling my oldest to put down the sports equipment and take a few minutes to practice reading. Things usually come easy to him, so when reading didn’t come to him as quickly as he expected, he got discouraged. Therefore, I find myself staging lots of incentives to try to get him to read more frequently.
Recently Netflix sent the boys a box of treasure to celebrate their new Dreamworks animated show, DinoTrux. With the goodies, they included some clue cards to follow to find the hidden box. The cards were written at my 6 year old’s reading level, so we used this as one of his reading tasks for the day.
The clues were fun because they supported rhyme production and inference making. In order to solve the clues, he needed to read and then use his comprehension strategies and phonological awareness strategies (in this case, rhyming) to identify where the next clue was hidden. For example, the second clue read:
When Waldo is hungry he can be a big grouch,
your next clue is under the _________.
In order to solve the clue, he needed to use decoding skills to read the word, rhyming skills to determine possible words to fill in the blank, and comprehension skills to determine which words would “make sense”. For example, pouch probably would not make sense in this clue, but couch makes sense given the references in the clues to places in the house.
My oldest was excited to find a trucker hat and a DinoTrux puzzle, while the baby immediately fell in love with the pull-back Ty Rux toy.
My middle guy was obsessed with the candy rocks he found in the box.
DinoTrux is one of the first shows that all three boys have enjoyed watching together. The characters are super cute and the animation is top notch. Are your kids into trucks and/or dinosaurs? If so, the new Netflix original, DinoTrux, is worth checking out! The concept of the show is endearing, with these dino/truck crossover characters building a better world to stand up against evil.
Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming and a streaming device as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions expressed within this post are my own. #streamteam