Activities for Beginning Readers

Activities to Set Up for Success

Firstly, activities for beginning readers will be ones that set them up for success. One of the first focuses for reading instruction, reading practice, will be sounding out consonant-vowel-consonant words Further, ideal words for this practice would have sounds for each letter that the child is familiar with. Short vowel sounds in between the simple consonants, help build confidence and reading muscle for beginners.

You can read the story behind these words, here>>

Granddaughter's handwriting, as we worked on spelling. Spontaneous reading fun!
The words we spelled together: cat, dog, hat, bug, lizard…

Activities for beginning readers may include spelling or reading. These words were introduced one sound at a time. The first time the words were written for our practice, I gave the sound, and my granddaughter wrote the letter (above). She spelled the words. The next day, I prepared the practice page pictured below.

Dots per Letter/Sound

Notice the dots. Putting a dot under each sound represented by the letter above it, gives a visual for the sound work. Notice in the word lizard, there is a line under the letters “ar” instead of a dot. This is because the “a” and “r” are not heard singularly, but rather as what some teachers call the “bossy R.” That word is not ideal for a beginner reader. It is thrown into our lesson for INTEREST because my granddaughter brought the word up…

Introduce New Words

As slits are cut on one side of the paper to reveal a window on the inside, there is a sentence. The child can sound out the word on the front. Next the teacher/ adult, points to each word, and reads the sentence on the inside.

Personalize Personal Books

Another activity that I like doing, is personalizing my own property books for reading instruction. I scan read the pages and select the words that are SOUND OUT with my granddaughter’s present skills. Also, I print a dot under each letter, circle the words, and write them again at the top. Now, the words at the top are a nice reference for pre-instruction.

Next Step: Get Cozy

The next step is to cozy up and enjoy the book together, encouraging my granddaughter to read each of the pre-selected words.

Remember, learning to read is a process. Teaching reading is a process. Keep encouraging, modeling, providing opportunity, and setting up for success. Consequently, progress will come.

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