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Today I’m sharing my first set of free printable emergent readers!
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My kids were so excited yesterday because my husband installed two large corkboards to our wall — so we now have our own bulletin board. But can I tell you who was the most excited of all??
Even though we don’t homeschool past preschool, I was thankful that God blessed my efforts and my daughter learned to read before kindergarten. Unlike what some might think, she is not bored by school in the least — this early learning has only fueled her more. I am excited to do some reading with my older boys (now Three and Four) too.
To begin, we started our first lesson with This Reading Mama’s awesome Reading the Alphabet curriculum. This is a top-notch program for helping little ones understand how print works, to become aware of sounds within words, and to gain a basic knowledge of sight words. I hope you’ll head over to check it out!
Because my Three is just learning to recognize lower case letters and my Four can already do some basic sounding out, the Reading the Alphabet curriculum is kind of in between my boys. So we are going to use it as our base, tweak as needed, and add where I feel it’s useful.
The series starts with the letter “T.” This is a great starting place for my Three, who knows just a few letter sounds. Both boys loved being able to point to words on the pocket chart (gotta love those leftovers from my teaching days!). And my Three loved climbing on a chair to point out his first sight word: “a.”
Reading the Alphabet comes with a free reader for each lesson. I decided it would be both fun and useful to create a larger set of printable emergent readers. So I pulled out my Pink Pueblo clip art and created these four basic readers, all using the sight word “a.”
If you’re familiar with Fountas and Pinnell, you know that they’ve developed a very thorough system for leveling children’s books in order to help and support early readers. I won’t attempt to fit my books into their system because I don’t feel qualified to do so. Instead, I’m going to level my sets of books by number. That way you can have an entire set of Measured Mom readers and know which to start and end with. I am calling these Measured Mom Sight Word Readers, Set 1. You could call them early emergent readers.
What’s an early emergent reader? It can be the reader himself or the book that person reads.
An early emergent reader (book) has:
- strong picture support
- a minimal amount of text
- a pattern that repeats
- language that flows naturally
- large print with only a few words on a page
- concepts that are familiar to the reader
Here are sample pages from the Farm Animals book. All the other books in this set follow the same pattern.
How should you read this book with your brand new reader?
1) Depending on your child’s ability, read it to him first.
2) Help your child read it back to you, making sure he reads every word. My Three was reading the book without the word “a.” So I pointed to the words and had him repeat.
3) If your child is stuck on a page, have him look at the first letter of the picture for a clue. For example, when my Four said “crab” for lobster, I told him to look closely at the word, and then he got it right.
4) Encourage your child to point to each word as he reads. It’s so important to emphasize that each word has a name. This is called one-to-one matching with print.
5) Have your child read it again that same day and on different days. Read to Daddy. Read to Grandma. Read to a neighbor or sibling!
Does reading this kind of book mean your child will never learn to sound out?
Is he just going to be guessing his way through reading?
This kind of reading is a first step. As my children advance in their reading I’ll be sharing phonics readers which will involve a combination of sight words and words to sound out.
In the download you will receive:
- Farm Animals
- Forest Animals
- Zoo Animals
- Sea Animals
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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