Why I created my sight word books
When my oldest was just starting to read, I found it nearly impossible to find simple books that she could read all by herself. I was looking for books with:
- just a few words per page
- bright and engaging pictures
- repetitive text
- sight words for children to learn at an easy pace
Now that I’m teaching her younger brothers to read, I’ve decided to create my own set of emergent readers! We are using these along with This Reading Mama’s fabulous Reading the Alphabet curriculum for preschoolers. (Talk about a hands-on, age-appropriate approach to learning to read!) Since Reading the Alphabet teaches a new sight word per week, I’m creating a set of four readers featuring each sight word. So if you’re using set 5 of my readers, you’ll find lessons to go right along with them in Reading the Alphabet, Lesson 5.
Here’s a sample page from Set 1, Farm Animals.
Here’s a sample from Set 6, The Cookout. You can see how the text is getting more challenging.
Here’s a sample from Set 13, A Snowy Day — the sentences are longer and require more attention to phonics.
Save yourself some time and buy the bundle pack!
You can get the first 26 sets individually for free. Save yourself some time and get four extra books plus an organizing system!
Download each set individually
You can find the post which shares each set of readers by clicking below. When you get to the post, scroll to the bottom to download the set of readers.
After creating the first 26 sets to use alongside Reading the Alphabet, I’ve had requests for more books. I’m creating additional sets. These correlate with my free phonics books. When I have a large collection, these will also be available for purchase in a bundle pack. For now you may download each set below.
Note: If your child is reading these books, he’s moving at a quicker pace. For that reason, each set may introduce more than one new sight word.
- This video will show you how to assemble the readers:
These dividers fit perfectly in a plastic shoe box and will keep your books organized and easy to access! Get them when you purchase the bundle pack of all 104 readers plus a bonus set.
Or… consider my newest set of books. It teaches the same sight words, but the books advance much more slowly. Plus, they also come in black and white!
P.S. Want to know more about teaching kids to read?