Today I’m sharing set six of my free phonics readers. This set focuses on the r-controlled vowels.
Have you been downloading my free phonics readers? I’ve shared sets for all the short vowels. Now it’s time to move on to other phonics patterns. I’m starting with the most common r-controlled vowel patterns: er, ur, ir, or, and ar.
My four-year-old has been learning to read sight words since right before he turned three. Not because I think two-year-olds need to learn to read (definitely not!), but because I was teaching his older brother (who was four), and he wanted to be part of it. Slowly, but surely, my Four has learned a fair number of sight words and can read many of my sight word readers without help.
Sounding out words, though… that’s tough.
I introduced it here and there, but he wasn’t getting it. I didn’t push it because I knew he wasn’t developmentally ready. When he finally showed all the readiness signs, it started to click.
My phonics books have been a big help in getting my preschooler to recognize and pay attention to phonics patterns. He does quite well with the short vowel phonics books, but this set really made him think. You might wonder why we jumped into ur, ir, er, ar, and or. Why not some easier phonics patterns, like ee or oo?
I’m starting with patterns your child will see a lot when he reads. We’re going to tackle the most common patterns first. (Coming up next… silent e words!)
At the beginning of the book he reads the new phonics pattern. Sometimes he needs my help to remember what the letter combination says.
When he turns the page, the picture will let him know if he got that first word right. On this page he has a number of sight words to review (he, is, in, the) and a phonics pattern from a previous phonics reader (in the word stuck).
Each set of sight word books introduces a new set of sight words. In addition to previously learned sight words, you’ll also find has and this in this set. (Eventually I hope to have sight word books featuring these new words. I’m pausing my sight word reader collection while I finish up the phonics books.)
I think sight word books are great for teaching high frequency words, fluency, and enjoyment of reading. But more focused phonics books really help children focus on the letters within words.
By now you’ve figured out that these books are not actually stories. Some writers can find a way to tell a good story with a set of phonetic words, but I’m not one of them! That’s okay. This isn’t our only reading material.
My Four has so many questions as he reads. “Who is the short man? Why is he yelling? That’s not nice.”
Near the end of each book you’ll sometimes find words with beginning blends (st, cl, etc.) or digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh). These are quite tricky for my little guy, and he often needs my help to read them. As you can see, the last page gives your reader the chance to review all the words in the book. For our first reading of this set, we skipped that page. He just wasn’t ready for it. And the last thing I want to do is burn out my preschooler on reading!
How to assemble:
- Separate the stack into each individual book. Each book consists of two pages front to back.
- Cut across the horizontal center of the pages.
- Insert the pages into each other, using the page numbers as a guide.
- Staple with a long arm stapler.
For a picture tutorial to help you put the books together, visit my post with set one.
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