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As we move through This Reading Mama’s phenomenal Reading the Alphabet, a reading curriculum for preschoolers, I’m making printable emergent readers to use with my Three and Four. For my fourth set I chose to make four community helpers emergent readers. I hope you can use them in your home or classroom!
This week we used materials from Lesson 4 of This Reading Mama’s reading curriculum.
This week our new sight word is I. I always print the pocket chart sentences, and we read them with our homemade pointers. Now that we’re on our fourth lesson, my Three has gotten the hang of it. Now he knows that his pointer must touch a new word each time he says a new one. That’s called voice to print match — an important skill for pre-readers!
I have a number of pocket charts from my teaching days, but they are inexpensive and extremely useful if you are going to do any kind of teaching at home (even if your kids will attend school – as ours do, beginning in kindergarten). The standard pocket chart is quite long, but I recommend it. We tacked ours to an inexpensive cork board.
Because my Three struggles with knowing the beginning sounds of words, we did a picture sort with all the sounds we’ve learned so far.
These pictures from from This Reading Mama’s free curriculum. We’ve used each of these pictures with the pocket chart. My Three can name the sound each letter makes, but he has trouble hearing them at the beginning of words. Sorting the pictures by their beginning sound was a real challenge for him. But he enjoyed it and stuck with it, which tells me it’s not too much to ask — we’ll be doing it again!
We also did a matching game to practice reading the four sight words he’s learned: I, see, a, the. He loved this and did great!
Truthfully, I began this reading curriculum as a way to keep me on track with my Four — little did I know that my Three would pick up on it! While he cannot sound out words (and is not even close), he is learning so much from these emergent readers:
- how to read from left to right
- how to match voice to print: he is learning that each word on the paper needs a name
- to build a basic sight word vocabulary: he finds the everywhere — on signs, in books, in the church bulletin…
- to gain confidence: he knows he’s a reader – and that’s exciting for a little guy who just turned three a few months ago!
Community Helpers Emergent Readers
Here’s a sample page from The Police Officer. Each page names something associated with a particular occupation. The last page names the community helper. You might find the vocabulary to be more challenging than in some of my previous books. It may give you a chance to teach your little one some new words.
In the download you will receive
- The Baker
- The Firefighter
- The Police Officer
- The Construction Worker
How to assemble:
(for a video tutorial, see this page)
- Cut across the horizontal center of each page.
- Insert one set of pages into the other, paying attention to the page numbers.
- Staple with a long-armed stapler.
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