It’s time for another set of emergent readers to add to my growing collection! With December approaching, I decided to give them a Christmas theme. Enjoy these free Christmas emergent readers – and I’d love it if you’d share the link to this post!
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I’m creating my emergent readers for kids who:
- are just starting to learn to read
- understand basic concepts of print (hold the book correctly, read left to right)
- can match voice to print (can point to a word as they read it)
- know the alphabet and most, if not all, letter sounds
- have a beginning and growing knowledge of phonics
- after some practice can remember basic sight words
- want to read on their own but can’t find very many books they can handle at the library
How can you use these readers?
- I recommend using them as part of This Reading Mama’s Reading the Alphabet, a beginning reading curriculum designed for preschoolers. You can get each piece of the curriculum FREE. You can also pay $10 so that it’s all on your computer and very quick to access. I’ve got to say that I love having it all at my fingertips! To learn more about Reading the Alphabet, see my detailed review.
- If you’re not using Reading the Alphabet but are starting from scratch with your new reader, I would go back to the very beginning and start with my first set of readers. They build on each other so that each set adds a new sight word and grows in complexity. How soon should you move on to the next set? As soon as you feel your child is comfortable and ready.
- Use the readers as part of a balanced approach to literacy. Don’t neglect phonics — but please make it fun! I have a growing collection of free phonics printables — such as Word Family Houses, Read ‘n Stick mats, and more. Check out my free printables page to find them – or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re having trouble locating what you want.
This is a recent phonics printable that I created for my Three – who isn’t ready for sounding out words but is getting much better at his letter sounds. You can see my first set of beginning sound match mats here.
- If you have another approach to teaching your child to read, and just need additional reading material, my emergent reader collection works for that too.
- For tips on how to help your child read these little books, see my guest post over at Teach Mama: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Emergent Readers.
Why are these readers free?
- Because I love to make them, and I love to share them. I’m trying to fill what I see as a void: affordable emergent readers for parents and classroom teachers. As a teacher I despaired when the catalogs sold tiny emergent readers for $4 a piece. I needed at least 50-100 if I was going to teach with them. It just wasn’t in the budget. I hope that by offering these for free I’m helping students, teachers, and schools.
Christmas emergent readers
Because I want my readers to be usable by everyone, including public school teachers, they are generally secular in content. But since we are a Christian family, and I am teaching my boys to read using these readers, I include a Christian little book from time to time. “Jesus is Born!” is the Biblical reader in this set.
Here’s a sample page from “A Yummy Christmas.”
In the download you will receive
- Jesus is Born!
- My Christmas Tree
- A Yummy Christmas
- Merry Christmas!
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.
Check out the rest of our collection!
Did you know that you can get the entire collection in just two downloads?
You might like this set, too. It teaches the same words but also includes books in black and white!
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