Teaching students to read is a magical and mystical process that befuddles even the most seasoned teacher. Some children seem to learn to read by just being read aloud to on the laps of their parents. Some children struggle for years with sight words and decoding CVC words. Every child learns to read at a different rate and with different instruction. I know in my 17 years teaching, tutoring, and homeschooling, I have seen many methods and ideas come and go in literacy instruction.
I ran into problems as a K-2 teacher finding “just right” texts that my students were excited about reading. The “decodeables” from our basal reader series were BORING. Karen and I knew we could create an entire series of emergent readers for those students who needed the most support. Students who read at a level A-D, which is kindergarten level, have rather limited offerings..
We spent the better part of two years creating over 60 emergent readers with a focus on seasonal themes. These seasonal themes keep students engaged while focusing on critical words needed to gain fluency such as number words, color words, emotional words, and seasonal vocabulary.
Each emergent reader follows a simple repetitive pattern that students find comforting. The illustrations match the text, which provides visual cues for new vocabulary.
Our emergent readers are perfect for small guided reading groups, but as an added feature, we also offer them in both blackline AND color. Laminate the color copies, and use them in your classroom libraries!
Even easier, just download the PDF into your smart phone (from the Teachers Pay Teachers app) and you have an emergent reader on the go! This is great for parents who have kids in tow at restaurants, airports, waiting rooms, etc. When my sons were in the emergent reader stage, I used the PDF reader on my iPhone to access all the books!
Every new reader benefits from “just right” text, and these emergent readers are a great way to start off the year! Here are our bundles for every season, starting with fall.
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