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Penny's Free Program for Beginning Readers

Age-appropriate ways to prepare your young child to read later:

Develop gross and fine motor skills. Develop vocabulary by conversing with your child and gaining general knowledge. Read aloud to your child, tracking words with your finger.

Play phonemic awareness games:

1. Rhythm, Rhyme, and Alliteration
    (read predictable books, recite nursery rhymes, play with words)
2. Parts of a Word (parent says sounds; child blends into a word)
3. Sequence of Sound (identify beginning sound of words, sort items
    according to beginning sounds; later identify ending sound, then
    middle sound in oral words)
4. Separation of Sounds
    (count sounds in a word; segment words into individual sounds)
5. Manipulation of Sounds: oral games like: say meat without the /m/.

build sentences

Read article: ABC's of Learning to Read 

List of Predictable Books

bob books set 1 phonemic awareness reading reflex words their way

Video above: Build-a-Sentence
Video below: Echo Reading

Components of Penny’ Reading Program:

  • Lower case magnetic letters for building phonetic words.
  • And/or make letter tiles using colored foam and black sharpie
    I made mine out of different colors for each of these sub-sets: vowels, consonants,  word chunks (ing, ang, ung, ong, all, ind, ild, old, ost, alk); phonograms with 2 or more letters (see Overview for specifics); suffixes (ing, ed, er, est, ful, ly)
  • Bob Books, Set 1 for Beginning Readers
  • Build-a-Sentence strips: print with different colors (one can be white) sentence beginnings and sentence endings, cut into strips, laminate for durability, put each set in its own container or rubber band. Sets 1234, and 5. Other sets will follow.
  • Play “Sound BINGO” to reinforce sounds of letters and proper letter formation.
    Available in Italics 12345 or Traditional 12345.
  • has spelling lists corresponding to the units or sets in my reading program. See how to find my lists.
  • Read aloud to your child every day to model reading expressively and fluently.
  • Have your child read aloud every day to gain fluency.
    This may be “Echo Reading” or reading to you or to siblings.
  • Set aside time for independent reading daily.
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