Can you believe it’s been almost four months since I shared a new set of sight word readers?
I’ve been a little busy.
During that time I created and shared 24 sets of free phonics books (over 130 books total!).
But it’s time to get back to my favorites! Today I’m sharing a set of winter emergent readers.
If you’ve been following along, you know that I teach my preschoolers to read using This Reading Mama’s Reading the Alphabet curriculum. I supplement with my own emergent readers and phonics printables.
In the four months since I shared my last set, my Four hasn’t been doing a lot of focused reading time.
He’s been playing with legos.
But he’s showing an interest in getting back in the game, so we’re back at doing a little reading time a few times a week. I’m loving it!
Lesson 27 of Reading the Alphabet teaches the sight word in along with the sound of letter x. My Four can already read the word in, but we still found activities to improve his reading. This activity is one of my favorites.
We worked together to create the pocket chart sentences. After he put them in the chart, he read them back to me.
He also reviewed previously learned sight words with this Color By Sight Word page, also from Reading the Alphabet.
Since we’ve taken some time off of learning to read, I knew that we needed to take a step back, phonics-wise. I like to teach phonics with word families, so I got out my short a word family activities. He breezed through these word family houses.
I dug out this short a word family file folder game I made last year. What a treasure! He had to work hard at this and needed help distinguishing between some of the words (especially the ones with blends). But he enjoyed it and stuck it out to the end! We’ll be pulling it out again.
These domino cards were another winner! I recently discovered an amazing site called sightwords.com. You can put in whatever words you’d like for a huge variety of games. I put in ten short a word family words. The site created these dominoes for me. I printed them and cut them apart, and we had some great reading practice that my Four really enjoyed.
And that brings us to my new set of readers. As you might recall, each set is focused on a particular sight word. Set 23 focuses on the word “in.” But the word is woven in naturally. You won’t find it on every page, and you’ll find many other sight words mixed it. Your child can also use picture, meaning, grammar, and phonics clues to read other words.
Let’s peek at a book!
These are the pages of the book called “The Snowball Fight.”
Here’s how it sounded when my Four read it.
“See the snow…I can’t read that word.”
“What’s in the picture?”
“Snowballs. See the snowballs in the…bucket.”
“The girl can… what’s that word?”
“Look at the picture. What’s she doing?”
“The girl can throw a snowball.”
“The snowball… hat…”
“Look closer. You can read those sounds. /h/…”
“Hiiit. The snowball hit her in the face. That’s funny!”
“The boy can throw a snowball.”
“The snowball hit him in – on – the head.”
“It is a big snow… I don’t know what this says.”
“What are they doing in this book? It starts with the /f/ sound.”
“Snowball fight. It is a big snowball fight.”
Depending on your child’s ability, your prompts might be different. Since my Four doesn’t have a lot of phonics knowledge yet beyond short vowel words, I focused more on picture cues. Back when I created former sets for my older preschooler (who is now an advanced reader in kindergarten), I encouraged him to do a lot more sounding out.
I hope you enjoy this new set!
Get your set of free books HERE.
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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