When my oldest was just starting to read, I found it nearly impossible to find simple books that she could read all by herself. I was looking for books with:
- just a few words per page
- bright and engaging pictures
- repetitive text
- sight words for children to learn at an easy pace
Now that I’m teaching her younger brothers to read, I’ve decided to create my own set of emergent readers! We are using these along with This Reading Mama’s fabulous Reading the Alphabet curriculum for preschoolers. (Talk about a hands-on, age-appropriate approach to learning to read!) Since Reading the Alphabet teaches a new sight word per week, I’m creating a set of four readers featuring each sight word. So if you’re using set 5 of my readers, you’ll find lessons to go right along with them in Reading the Alphabet, Lesson 5.
Of course, these readers work well for any beginning readers — from preschool to grade one!
Here’s a sample page from Set 1, Farm Animals.
Here’s a sample from Set 6, The Cookout. You can see how the text is getting more challenging.
Here’s a sample from Set 13, A Snowy Day — the sentences are longer and require more attention to phonics.
You can find the post which shares each set of readers by clicking below. A sample page and the new sight word are displayed on each image. When you get to the post, scroll to the bottom to download the set of readers.
- This video will show you how to assemble the readers: