It’s time for set 16 of my free emergent readers — that means with this set I’ve shared 64 little books! I do plan to share about ten more sets… but we were just blessed with our fifth baby, so expect an extra stretch of time before I get to the next one.
In the meantime, enjoy this set of free Valentine’s Day emergent readers!
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It’s great to have a basic curriculum to draw from to guide your teaching – but it should be just that, a guide. This is why I’m a big fan of Reading the Alphabet from This Reading Mama. It provides an excellent framework, and we pick and choose what works for us. I design my sight word readers to serve as a supplement to this curriculum. I also share other activities that we use alongside Reading the Alphabet in each of my emergent reader posts.
My Three enjoys doing these “color by sight word” pages from Reading the Alphabet. This week’s new sight word is “not.”
He also worked at this sight word maze to help him recognize the word “not.” (He never goes in order though!)
In my last emergent reader post I noted that my Three is starting to be able to sound out words. We are only working with the “op” family right now, as this is still very challenging for him. I don’t want to frustrate him — I just want to build on what he knows. Since he reads and writes the word “pop,” I chose all the three letter words that belong in that family. He created them with magnetic letters and read the words back to me (with about 75% accuracy).
After many months of practice, sounding out short vowel words has become automatic for my Five (not yet in kindergarten). So we are moving on to long vowel patterns. Here he’s doing a page from my long vowel Read ‘n Stick Mats (set one coming soon — watch for it!).
I love this free penguin word family sort from Playdough to Plato, and so did my Five. You can print a set using short vowel families or do as I did and print the blank set – then fill in the mats and penguins any way you’d like. I decided to focus on silent e words, which are tricky to get a hang of. (Except for long e– we used the eat word family because there aren’t enough e-consonant-e words.)
We also do work to practice his sight words. Here he’s doing my Valentine’s Day Roll & Stamp page. (Visit this post to get your free copy.) Where do I get the sight words from? For my Five, I find it helpful to refer to the Dolch sight word list. Recently I printed a fantastic resource from 3 Dinosaurs — free Dolch sight word lists! She’s done all the work for you – be sure to hop by and get yours.
Valentine’s Day emergent readers
And that brings me to my newest set of free emergent readers!
Since these books have gotten quite easy for my Five, I’m going to share some reading behaviors you want to see in your emergent reader while he or she is reading:
It’s great when you see your new reader…
1) Self-correcting for meaning. If your child reads something that obviously makes no sense, you want him to hear it and go back to correct himself.
2) Asking questions. It’s great when your reader is engaged in the story and has questions about why something is happening or what will happen next.
3) Using phonics knowledge where possible. Beginning readers differ in their phonics knowledge. Ideally you have your child reading books (like my emergent readers) that require him to focus not just on phonics, but on picture cues, meaning, and context. Therefore, he will not need phonics on every word. But watch and see if he stops to sound out those tough words. Give him helpful prompts where needed.
4) Pointing to words as needed. Even though my Five is moving past the emergent reader stage (and into early reading), he still uses his finger to keep himself on track. That’s actually a good thing! You want your new reader to focus on matching his voice to the printed word — and not to rush through by guessing.
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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