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First Phonics Readers {Book 2}

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Today I am sharing First Phonics Readers {Book 2}!  These printable little books are perfect for developing readers.  Each page features one word, or partial word, with a vibrant image.  They each introduce only 3 or 4 letter sounds at a time, so beginning readers don’t get overwhelmed.

first phonics readers -- printable books for sounding it out for kindergarten or preschool!

How to teach my child to read?

The National Reading Foundation established unanimously in 2000 that phonetic teaching is the best approach to early reading.  Teaching patterns in words and sounding it out is how you can set your child up for success.  I do support immersion, or whole reading, and activities such as reading to your child and including sight word practice and guided reading.  However, teaching the patterns to phonics is the goal for the beginning.

Children can be successful at sounding out those consonant – vowel – consonant (CVC) words!  This is considered a “kindergarten” skill, but can certainly for older or younger children, when each individual is developmentally ready.  Next comes vowel digraphs, silent e, and consonant digraphs!

The First Phonics Readers move very slowly.  They are perfect for children who know their sounds, but aren’t yet ready to read a book that begins solely with words like: “The cat sat. Mat sat.”  This is too much text for beginning readers.  I am finding great success with one picture and one word per page with my son.

Many of the “words” on the pages are only the letter introduction (Tt) or a partial word (ta or tap).  The child uses both their learned phonetic sounds and the pictures to decode the text.  You can read more about our First Phonics Readers, and take a look at Book 1, here.

My First Phonics Readers

My son needed to start reading very, very slow. Only one word at a time.  Sentences are too overwhelming for him.  

I own many, many phonics readers sets, and they were all too full of words or sentences or stories.  He just needs very simple right now.  Easy and simple, to sound out phonetically, and to boost confidence in his abilities!

I created 10 Phonics Readers that introduce the alphabet and sound out words.  Each little page includes an exciting picture, so there is definitely an aid for children who need a little help.  My son loves the interesting illustrations.  I hope these little books will boost confidence and excitement and will act as a beginning step towards success in reading.

Each First Phonics Reader book contains:

  • each book contains 14 pages
  • a review page focusing on the 3-4 letter sounds from the previous book
  • a list of letter sounds that are used in each of the 10 books
  • vibrant illustrations to give your child a picture clue while reading
  • large font to help your child focus on the text
  • words that are only 1-3 letters long
  • two irregular patterns are introduced: ck in “duck” and ll in “will”
  • a few pages have short sentences, to build confidence, such as “Sit Dan.” and “I can.”
  • only two sight words are introduced: the, I

Book 2 focuses on letters p, i, n, d.

Here are some sample pages of the First Phonics Readers Book 2.  The first page is a review of Book 1, which introduced letters s, m, a, t.


How to create your phonics books….

Simply print them out ,there are two book pages per sheet. (You may also choose to print out two sheets per page, so four pages can fit on one page.)  Then, I simply cut them and put two staples down the left hand side.  (I made the margins a bit thicker so you could fit two staples down the left side nicely.)

You can see the complete set of 10 First Phonics Readers here.


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After these books are confidently read with your child, I strongly recommend:

Learning to Read with Living Books

5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Language Development

What is Phonological Awareness?

10 Phonics Readers for Early Reading

5 Ideas for Teaching Early Reading without Overwhelming Beginning Readers

Using the Montessori Moveable Alphabet

3 Important Skills Needed for Early Reading

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