Today I’m sharing another set of free phonics books!
Why I’ve created my phonics readers
I’ve been sharing free sight word readers for quite some time. At last count, there are 88 books in my collection! But knowing sight words is just one part of what it means to be a good reader. Kids also need to be proficient at sounding out words.
So I’ve begun creating sets of phonics books to use alongside my sight word readers.
Phonics vs. sight words
Why don’t I start with the books you can sound out? Isn’t phonics more important?
I’m not going to take sides and declare one piece of the reading puzzle more important, because children need to know words by sight and have the ability to sound out unfamiliar ones. This Reading Mama put it well in her article: Phonics or Sight Words?
However, I start with sight words because I’ve found that many beginning readers have an easier time learning “the” than sounding out “hat.”
When kids have built a small sight word vocabulary – reading the words in context in real books – they gain confidence as readers.
They see reading as fun, not a boat load of frustration. I certainly want my children to be proficient readers, but I know that doesn’t have to come at the expense of being confident, enthusiastic readers.
When children are ready to learn to sound out words (not sure? check this post), I introduce my word family readers.
A sample book
The first page always begins this way.
You can see four sight words on this page: it, is, a, and big. Big is also a word your child should be able to sound out after reading the “ig” book in the previous set of phonics books.
Many of the pictures are silly – it adds to the appeal!
Can is a sight word. It’s also a word your child can sound out having read the “an” book in set 1.
Occasionally I throw in words from previous books. “Cat” is a word your child can sound out after reading the “at” book.
Toward the end of the books I sometimes share words that start with a digraph (ch, sh) or blend. The blends are hard, and it might be a while before your child can read them on his own. We say it over and over. “/s/ /m/. /s/ /m/. /sm/.” Even with that, it doesn’t always click with my little guy. He’ll say “/s/ /m/ Sog.” One day he’ll get it!
On the last page, your child gets a chance to review all the words he learned to read. My Four sometimes flips back to get help from the picture. Sometimes I insist he try without turning back; other times I let him peek.
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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