I love reading and I love to teach Kindergarten because reading really starts to come alive! While we all come to Kindergarten in different places and learn at different paces, we often start our year learning our ABC’s and end our year reading words! This is such a magical process that takes necessary phonics skills, time, and hard work! I’ve included a Phonics Poems freebie that you and your students will love! It is a fun way to encourage extended practice of important phonics and fluency skills! Scroll to the end of the post to download your FREE Phonics Poems for Early Readers Sampler!
Phonics Poems for Early Readers (and freebies!)
I have shared before about how Fluency Passages and Emergent Readers have helped to strengthen our phonics skills. Now I want to share a bit about how we have extended our phonics work to incorporate more poetry and rhyme (which we love)!
We sing and rhyme all the time in Kindergarten. We also do short chants and poems to help us grow as readers. While there are many great rhymes and poems that are staples in teaching and passed through generations (we still do those beloved rhymes too), so many times the students can memorize them. This is great and they are still practicing tracking, but they aren’t actually able to read all the words in isolation. I wanted to incorporate all that we were learning about the alphabet and word families into poems that we could actually READ! So, Phonics Poems were born!
Ways to Use the Phonics Poems
I love to print these poems and include them in a poetry notebook format, where students can read and re-read the poems. This also gives them something to take home at the end of the year that they can treasure! I find that putting them in notebook format is fantastic for independent reading time. They LOVE to pull out something familiar that they can really read. These notebooks are great for partner reading too!
I recommend adding the poems to the notebook or binder as they are introduced as each poem focuses on a specific word family. They could be introduced as you are working on each word family for some fun practice!
Have your students circle the chunks or repeating patterns in the words. They could also choose to underline. These poems could be completed at school or sent home for extra practice. Or your students can complete the writing portion at school and take the poems home to read aloud!
Another thing I love to do is laminate the poems or place them in sheet protectors. Instant dry erase! Phonics Poems placed in sheet protectors and in a binder could make a fantastic poetry center. Students can read and highlight the word families over and over again!
Grab Your Free Phonics Poems Sampler
Ready to start building phonics and fluency skills through poetry? Grab your Phonics Poems Sampler freebie by clicking the large, yellow download button below!
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