It’s been so much fun teaching my preschoolers (ages 3.5 and almost 5) to read! At least twice a month I make a new set of emergent readers to add to our growing collection. Since we’re just getting back into the school routine, set 7 is a pack of back to school emergent readers.
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First, a recap:
We’ve been through eight lessons of This Reading Mama’s Reading the Alphabet — and it’s been so great to watch my boys’ literacy grow! Lesson 7 was the first lesson which brought “sounding out” into play – with the word family “at.” My Three is not ready to sound out words, so he didn’t participate in that lesson — but my Four has been working at it for quite some time.
Over the past few months I’ve been teaching my Four to sound out the short a word families with a variety of homemade games and activities. You can see all five word family activities here. And even though I’m not a huge fan of phonics readers, I gathered a collection of short a books so that my Four could get extra practice at this challenging skill.
I introduced the new sight word: my.
I printed the pocket chart printables from Reading the Alphabet, Lesson 8. The boys practiced reading the sentences with our homemade pointers.
We reviewed previously learned sight words.
I got this great idea from The Educators’ Spin on It — I just wrote sight words (and short a family words for my Four) on glass gems and a piece of paper. The boys matched the gems to the words. Definitely a winner!
We did other literacy activities from Reading the Alphabet, Lesson 8.
My Three glued the rhyming words onto the paper, naming each rhyming word as he went.
My Four drew a donut. I cut up the words, told him what the sentence should say, and he constructed it correctly while gluing it down. Then he read it back to me.
We read sight word readers to reinforce the new sight word.
This Reading Mama’s emergent reader was just right for my Three. He got a lot of exposure to the new word and used the pictures to help him with the rest.
My Four was ready for a much bigger challenge, so I created four back to school emergent readers that focused on the sight word “my” as well as the other words we’ve learned.
“Back to school” emergent readers
I like to use these readers not only to reinforce sight words, but to give my Four a chance to learn some phonics in a meaningful context.
He could not sound out “picture” all the way through because his phonics is not that advanced. But that doesn’t mean the word shouldn’t appear in any books he’s reading! So we worked at “chunking” big words — finding a chunk you know, and then using context clues to figure it out the rest of the way.
Here I got a chance to teach him about silent e.
I hope you can use this set of emergent readers! In the download you will find:
- I Paint at School
- My Backpack
- At My School
- My Room at School
How to assemble:
- 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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