When Luke was learning to read, I was completely clueless as to how to teach him. I knew to concentrate on sight words and phonics patterns, but I was really afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it! I also had no idea what books to begin with. It seems like the books you find at Target that say level 1 are too advanced for the very earliest readers. Thankfully, Luke was in a Montessori program at the time and his teacher introduced us to many great books to build a foundation upon. Here are the books that we used to start off on our reading journey!
- BOB Books– These are my #1 favorite! There are many sets, all with 10 or so books inside. The books are very simple stories, and each set focuses on a particular reading topic (Long vowels, short vowels, word families, etc.). The simplicity of them helps children to concentrate on what they are learning without getting frustrated by words that are too difficult for them. I bought them for Luke when he was learning and will begin using them with the twins this summer!
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection – Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss! This collection includes favorite easy readers like Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I felt that the rhyming was enjoyable for both parents and kids!
3.First Little Readers – We moved from the BOB books onto these early readers by Scholastic. There are 25 of them, which is nice. They are a little more advanced than the BOB books, but not enough to be discouraging.
- I Can Read Phonics sets- I really like these books because they come in sets about some of my children’s favorite characters. They are a bit more advanced than the BOB books, but still great for very early readers. I can’t wait to get the Batman set for Will!
Hooked on Phonics- Did you get the free classroom version of the app on Teacher Appreciation Day? If you did, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with it! It’s a bit pricey otherwise, at $50. The books are along the same lines as the BOB books, and they get more difficult as they progress. My kids haven’t started the program yet, but it looks great!
Those are the top 5 that we have used in the past or plan on using in the future! I’m sure I’ll come across more early reading resources to share as we progress on our preschool journey!
Do you have any favorites that I missed? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Until our next adventure,
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