Guiding reading time offers so many opportunities for students to learn. At the beginning of the year in kindergarten, we learn how to track print from left to right and top to bottom. Then we focus on beginning sounds in words and move to ending and vowel sounds. We also focus on sight words for the week as we read. Then we learn to use reading strategies to "figure out" words we don't know that we come to in reading. These strategies include: (1) looking for picture clues, (2) stretching the word, (3) getting your lips ready to make the first sound, (4) skipping the word and reading to the period and then coming back and reading the sentence again to see what would make sense as you make the beginning sound, (5) changing the vowel sound, and (6) looking for chunks in the word. Using these strategies helps students become successful readers.
When we begin a new book, we always begin with making predictions from the title and cover page picture. Then we take a "picture walk" of the book and see if our predictions were correct. Then students read the book alone "silently" to give them a feel for the book. Then students may take turns reading the book or I may listen to individual students read aloud. As a follow-up activity, students answer questions about the story including the characters, setting, beginning, middle, and ending. Students may also write to tell about the story. Students get to take a copy of the emergent reader home to read to their family.
Take a look at one of my February emergent readers in action. Actually we finished reading "The Party," and the students are enjoying coloring the pictures.
If you would like this February Emergent reader to use in your classroom, you can find it HERE.
I currently have 46 different emergent readers available in my store including emergent readers for each letter of the alphabet (minus 4 or 5 that I am working on) as well as many other seasonal/monthly readers and some general readers with common sight words.
Here are a few of them listed below. I hope you can find something you can use. ENJOY!
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