We've been working the past few weeks on our pre-reading books. It's an important stage of reading development to be able to memorize text patterns and learn the skills that pre-reading texts provide practice in. Be sure to check out my post about pre-reading books to familiarize yourself with the concept and skills we can be working on.Throughout the year we've been working on our repertoire of decodable texts. I strongly believe that we can teach young children the alphabet in a manner where it is usable to them immediately, rather than just learning the names and sounds of symbols that don't have a purpose. Each week as we focus on a new letter we add it to the letters we already know and work on sounding-out or decoding words with those letters.
The Amazing Action Alphabet since I started teaching preschool. The products she provides are excellent and follow this same philosophy that we can teach our young learners with great success. She has a set of Beginning Reader Mini Books that are just perfect for our young readers. The first page covers some of the basics of reading which helps every teacher or mom that has never taught reading before be successful. Then each 8.5 x 11 page has a book, intended to be copied, cut and stapled together. Each book builds upon the previous ones as we learn to blend sounds together to read words. The pictures are black and white and perfect for coloring. Since they are paper books I LOVE having the kids circle any sight words they come across (I think there are a total of 6 sight words they learn to memorize).
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