Learning to read is not something that happens at the same time for everyone. No matter what standards say or what is “supposed to happen” – it truly depends on the child and their development.
At this point in the kindergarten year, I have many students who have strong reading foundations. They know most or all of their letters and sounds, have word family and sight word knowledge and can decode cvc words in isolation. However, they need practice putting words into the context of a story and truly seeing themselves as readers.
I love word families for the practice they provide in recognizing chunks of words in bigger words, and how they open up so many cvc words for kids once they realize they know the “chunk” or rime.
As any expert in anything will tell you, they got there through hard work and practice! In kindergarten, we have fun, but we work hard and practice at the same time! When hard work and fun come together, my teacher heart is very happy!
My students that are ready to build fluency with cvc words and sight words have started to work through fluency and comprehension passages to practice reading complete stories. They are also reading phrases to practice words and sentences in isolation and reading out of context.
Reading phrases in isolation gives early readers a chance to practice reading expression, one to one correspondence, decoding, and sight word recognition.Putting the phrase sheets in a sheet protector allows them to be read over and over again in class. Plus, it gives us a reason to use dry erase markers to find word families!We LOVE dry erase markers in kindergarten.
It is also important to spend time with books at a just right level!Emergent reader texts with illustrations can give comfort and a major confidence boost to early readers when they start to realize “Hey, I CAN read!”I absolutely love that face on a child – when you can tell they are seeing themselves as a reader and are so excited about it.
My favorite thing about these emergent readers is the larger font – I find it to be SO helpful for early readers as it is large and clear for their decoding.
Then I put the sets in sheet protectors (not each page, but the sets together) and put them in a 3 ring binder! Now, when I am working on blending cvc words with a specific vowel or word family, it is right at my fingertips!
The complete collections of Fluency Passages for Early Readers and Emergent Readers – The Complete CVC Word Family Collection are available in my TpT store! You can also get these, plus CVC word mats at a big discount in the CVC Word Family Mega Bundle!