It’s time for another set of free emergent readers in my growing collection! This week I’m sharing a set of Spring early reader books.
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If your young reader has been moving through my series of free emergent readers from the very beginning, he may be ready for this more challenging set. While the words themselves aren’t too hard, this set does not use predictable or repeated text. Your child will need to remember the sight words he’s learned and figure out the other words with phonics skills and context clues.
As always, I like to share some reading activities we’ve been doing before I share the set of books itself.
We’re moving through This Reading Mama’s Reading the Alphabet, a truly fabulous reading program designed for preschoolers. Each lesson comes with a simple emergent reader to introduce a new sight word. This week’s lesson introduces the word “to.” My Three (almost four) had no trouble with the new book.
He also enjoyed following the “to” in this maze.
I also pull in other activities depending on what my kids are ready for. My Three is starting to sound out words. I love this idea of using “magic spoons” to practice sounding out words. The idea is to write a letter on a plastic spoon and have your child put it in front of each word ending, making new words as the spoon moves down the page. Brilliant!
Since my Three is just starting to learn this skill, I did not have him move a single spoon through all the word endings. That would have burned him out very quickly.
Instead, I wrote “f,” “p,” and “t” on three plastic spoons, and I chose word endings he could handle. By switching out the spoons he practiced reading word family words. He read “pop,” “top,” and “fop” for example. He giggled when he made a nonsense word. You can get this printable over at Teacher Bits and Bobs.
To review sight words, I created this simple page of blank circles. (Get it HERE.) Then I wrote in the sight words we’ve learned so far and got out some plastic Easter eggs. I pulled them apart and he used the halves to cover the words as he read through the page. Another idea is for you to name a word and have your child find and cover it.
Spring early reader books
I’m at an interesting spot with my emergent readers. My Three isn’t ready for these harder books, and my Five’s reading has taken off so that they are much too easy. I know that in time my Three will be ready for them, though — so I’m still going to create and share 26 sets. (Expect to have the entire series done by late summer – for a total of 104 sight word readers!)
Here is the text in the “It’s Spring!” book:
The snow is going to melt.
I can see the baby birds.
Look at the pretty flowers!
It is time to plant a garden.
You can see it rain.
Spring is here!
As you can see, early readers will be able to read many of words by sight (the, is, to, I, can see, at, look, you) and will be able to use phonics and context clues for the other words. As always, the pictures will help, too.
How to assemble
- 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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