As I visited the link-ups this past week I noticed a few posts for helping beginning readers. I decided to visit past linkies and gather a collection of resources to help you teach kids to read. Enjoy clicking through to learn more about these fantastic activities and resources!
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Want to teach kids to read?
Childhood is not a race, and we don’t want to push kids to do things on our timetable so they can be at the top of the class. But young children love to learn, and if they are ready and interested, I’m a firm believer in teaching them to read in a developmentally appropriate way. That’s why I use the free This Reading Mama’s Reading the Alphabet preschool curriculum. You can read more about it in my review.
Along those same lines, I LOVE this post from Planet Smarty Pants about teaching children to read early. In my opinion, her best advice is “just ten minutes a day, every day.”
When I taught first grade, “making words” was a regular activity that I used to help my students develop as readers. To learn more about this activity, visit this post from Buggy & Buddy. (And if you like this idea, consider purchasing one of the Making Words books by Patricia Cunningham. I love them!)
You don’t want to miss this round-up of sight word games from 3 Boys and a Dog!
Here’s one more way to practice sight words: this hands-on snowflake sight word activity from Playdough to Plato.
If your new readers need practice with letter sounds, try my beginning sound match mats.
These free word family houses are a hands-on way to introduce reading with word families.
You can get free Read ‘n Stick mats here at my site for all the short vowels (and I’m beginning to share long vowel sets, too!).
If you and your new reader(s) are fans of the BOB Books, you definitely want to check out these free BOB Books resources from 3 Dinosaurs — be sure to check the links for printables for the rest of the BOB Books too!
We love This Reading Mama’s free reading games. Visit her site to get this beginning blend BINGO.
It can be tricky to find books for kids just starting out on their reading journey. I have a series of free emergent readers designed just for brand new readers.
Finally, finding readable books on the shelf or at the library can be a challenge for new readers. Help them find books that are right at their reading level with this printable from This Reading Mama.