These free Fall emergent readers are great for kids learning basic concepts of prints and simple sight words. We hope you can use them!
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It’s another set of Color Me Readers! These free emergent readers come in three levels of difficulty. The books you see here are part of my Fall Theme Pack, but I’m sharing this set of three books for free!
I love to use these books to teach my Three basic concepts of print. Right now we’re working on concept of word, which he really struggles with.
What is “concept of word”?
Simple. It means that your child understands that for each word he says, there is one word on the page. If he sees one word on a page but says a whole sentence, he doesn’t understand concept of print. If he can’t point to each word as he reads (or simply recites), he doesn’t quite “get it.”
How my books help teach concept of word
The Level One Color Me Readers are always very simple. This way my Three can memorize the words very quickly and use the pictures to help him. The first book is a collection of basic fall images. The leaf. The pumpkin. The apple. You get the idea.
My Three had no trouble once I taught him the pattern, but he got stuck on the last page, where the pattern changes. First he said, “The leaves.” I showed him we had just one word to say. So he looked at the picture and again said, “Leaves.”
I showed him the first letter of the word (pictured). “It can’t say leaves because it starts with an f. What sound does f make? /ffffff/ What word could it be?”
My older three children would have gotten this in a snap and without any help from me. But even though my Three knows most of his beginning sounds, he’s having trouble transferring that knowledge to words.
As his frustration mounted, I simply gave him the word. My goal is to make reading fun and enjoyable, not stressful. I definitely don’t want to turn him off to reading before he even gets started!
We’ll try the book another day and see how he does.
We worked on the Level Two book as well. He needed to learn the pattern before he could “read” on his own. “Do you see the pumpkin? Do you see the apple? Do you see the leaf?” I have found that dots help him slow down and look at each individual word. So I grabbed a marker and added them to this book. He pointed to each word as he “read.”
I read Level Three to him, since I knew that two sentences per page would be too much for him. He was happy to get out his markers and do some coloring!
Meanwhile, my One had her turn to read too. Just kidding. 🙂 But she is always anxious to do what her older siblings do, so she turned the pages and babbled to herself. (Stacking unifix cubes had kept her busy while I was working with her older brother!)
Have you seen our other free Color Me Readers? You can find them all on our free printables page.
We hope you enjoy this set!
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