Looking for a free emotions emergent reader? We loved reading this book alongside our other All About Me activities!
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This week we’ve been using printables from our All About Me Theme to learn more about emotions. After listening to a collection of books about feelings, it was time for my preschooler to read his own!
Before I pulled out the emergent reader, I printed these picture cards that come with the All About Me pack. Together, we talked about the emotions and when my son might be feeling them. He’s happy “when I’m eating macawoni and cheese,” and angry “when someone takes my toys.”
These cards have so many possibilities! Put them on a ring, and have your child flip through them, naming the emotions as he goes.
Play I Spy. “I spy a girl who is worried. Can you find her?”
Separate the pictures from the words and have your child use the beginning sounds to help him match the emotion words to the photographs.
After looking at the picture cards, I pulled out this book (free at the end of this post).
While some preschoolers are ready for sight words, my Three isn’t. My goal instead was to help him practice concepts of print such as these:
- identifying the cover of a book
- turning the pages correctly
- reading text from left to right
- understanding that one spoken word equals one word of printed text
I suggest reading the book aloud first, but my Three wanted to get right into it after I read the first page. He had the pattern down immediately, but not the voice to print matching. He said “Sometimes I am happy” all while pointing to the word “sometimes” on the first page.
I had created a simple pointer by gluing a plastic counter to a craft stick. I showed him how to use it to point to each word.
I asked him to show me the word “I.” This helped him slow down a bit since he could always be sure he was reading that word correctly when he pointed to it.
Sometimes he found it easier to read by pointing with his finger.
When he didn’t know an emotion word, I tried to help him figure it out by having him look at the first letter of the word.
In answer, he angrily tossed the book over his shoulder!
So. We’re not ready for that yet. No pushing.
I had also printed these pocket chart sentences from the All About Me theme pack. He really enjoys helping me build sentences. We separated the word strips on a table before using them to build sentences. He loved finding all the “is” words and putting them in a pile.
Finally, we played a few rounds of this My Feelings Bingo (also in the theme pack). I showed him each calling card, and he found it on his board – it would have been very challenging for him to differentiate among the pictures without a clue.
While playing this way didn’t help him identify emotions, it did build his vocabulary and give him practice with visual discrimination.
How to print (instructions included in the download)
- It works best to download and save to your computer and open with the free Adobe Reader. To download and save, right click on the CLICK HERE below and choose “save link as.”
- Choose PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF PAPER.
- Choose FLIP ON SHORT EDGE. (This is important! If you don’t choose this option, some of the pages will be upside down.)
- After printing, make sure the pages are lined up correctly.
- Fold, then open up again. Staple with a long reach stapler (we love this one!).
We hope you enjoy our free printable nonfiction reader!
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