Farms and farm animals are always such a fun learning theme. Many kids are familiar with the idea of cows and pigs, but what else lives on the farm? This fun and free farm emergent reader has simple, repetitive text that allows early readers to practice sight words and print tracking. It’s the perfect addition to your farm-themed learning activities!
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Farm Emergent Reader
I love using these books in small groups in my classroom where we can chat about the story and work together on our reading. There is a colored version included in the download, which is nice to assemble and then laminate to use as the “teacher copy.” I print off black and white sets for my kids.
These readers are the easiest books to assemble. Simply print the pages you want double-sided, cut in half, staple, and voila – you have two books ready to go!
How to Use the Farm Emergent Reader
We first go on a picture walk to see what kinds of things will be “on the farm.” This is great to build vocabulary for younger learners too who may not know all of the animal names.
We then chat a bit about the sight words we see: on, the, I, see, a.
I read the first sentence as an example while using my fingers to point to each word as I say it, “On the farm I see a cow.“
Kids generally pick up pretty quickly on the patterns and are ready to read the next page on their own, looking at the picture for a clue as to what the last word will be.
Finger tracking is helpful and important in early reader books, that way you can be sure the kids are connecting their spoken word with its written form and not just reciting the book from memory. Learning to read takes a lot of practice and patience, but it sure is fun!
I think my students’ favorite part is when they get to color the pictures in their copy. I always provide them a little bit of time to color at the end of our reading time. Sometimes I even get out new fun, coloring tools for them to use!
When we are finished, the kids get to put their book in their book box for later or take it home!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Ready to read about animals on the farm? Grab your free copy of the Farm Emergent Reader by clicking the large, yellow download button at the very bottom of the post!
More Farm Themed Fun
Looking for more farm activities to try with your kids? Check out these fun learning activities from some awesome kid bloggers!
Farm CVC Words // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Farm Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Expressing Feelings on the Farm // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Count and Graph on the Farm // Sara J Creations
Pigs in the Mud Alphabet Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Farm Animal Puzzles // Powerful Mothering
Farm Play Dough Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Farm Washing Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Farm Counting Book // Recipe for Teaching
Interactive Farm Book // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Gross Motor Farm Game // Modern Preschool
Farm Animal Sorting // Still Playing School
Farm Fence Number Ordering Mats // Fairy Poppins
Farm Letter Sound Matching Clip Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Making Farm Footprints // Pleasantest Thing
Farm Muffin Tin Syllable Counting Game // The Educators’ Spin on It
Farm Themed Old Maid // Stay at Home Educator
Farm Emergent Reader // The Kindergarten Connection
Playful Farm Animals Hands-on Math // Stir the Wonder
Farm Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Farm Animal Ten Frame Cards // Preschool Inspirations
Farm Addition Cards // The Stem Laboratory
Farm Animal Sentences // (Not Pictured) The Simplified Classroom
Old MacDonald’s Farm Busy Bag // (Not Pictured) Adventures of Adam
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