Today I’m sharing the next set of free emergent readers in my growing collection. Each set of books adds a new sight word, giving kids the opportunity to practice
- reading familiar words
- using context and picture clues
- applying phonics knowledge
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As I share each new set of books, I also like to share the activities that my Three and Five have been doing as they learn to read.
We are on Lesson 19 of the fabulous Reading the Alphabet (developed by a reading specialist – perfect for preschoolers!), which means that our new sight word is “up.” My Three loves these color by sight word pages that come with the curriculum.
While he rarely finishes one, he enjoys these sight word mazes too.
Another way to practice the new sight word is with the simple, kid-friendly emergent reader that comes with the Reading the Alphabet lesson.
I also like to have my boys practice activities to help them sound out words. Usually we do this with word families. My Five has been working on my long vowel read ‘n stick mats. (So far I’ve shared short a mats and short o mats.)
My Three and I had fun assembling two free Flip-a-Word books from This Reading Mama. Since my Three doesn’t have a grasp of sounding out words yet, I made sure to build on what he knows. He can recognize and spell “pop,” so we made books for two short o word families.
We also find a new game or two to review sight words. This time the boys played a game I created to help learn color words. You can get a copy here.
Free emergent readers about space
Reading the Alphabet’s emergent readers are too simple for my Five, so I’ve been creating my own emergent readers to supplement the curriculum. However, since his reading has recently taken off, these are easy for him too. And my Three can only read the early sets. So even though my free emergent readers are not quite right for our house (at the moment!), I hope you can use them at yours – or in your classroom!
The tricky thing about creating these books is writing something that’s interesting with a limited amount of words. I made sure the new sight word, “up,” is repeated many times in each book. But I also sneaked in a few future sight words that I figured kids should be able to figure out with the context.
I used a repeating line in most of the books. This book repeats “The moon is up in the sky.”
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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