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Reading

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

Between the Lions

The Between the Lions parent center is a great website for finding activities and daily tips about simple strategies parents can use each day working with their children. There are also interactive, educational games and a recommended reading list for parents.

Early Literacy Tips

This website offers a top ten list to get children “on the road to reading” as well as a selection of preschool literacy tips for families to make reading and writing meaningful.

Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR)

The American Library Association’s initiative to educate parents and caregivers on early literacy practices.

National Children’s Literacy Website

The National Children’s Literacy Website is a unique children’s literacy initiative and is part of the Soho Center’s National Children’s Literacy Information Project. It is a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to advancing the literacy skills of young children, promoting literacy as an integral factor in the growth of society, and enhancing literacy in a variety of home and child care settings.

Color and Read Early Emergent and Emergent Readers

Included in this huge, and free, 73 page pack are early emergent and emergent readers for the colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, and black! They feature these basic sight words: a, I, look, at, the, see, can, you, it, is and this with predictable text.

Reading the Alphabet

Reading the Alphabet is a free reading curriculum designed for those who already know their letters and letter sounds, yet are not ready for a faster paced, full-blown curriculum. This curriculum may also work for those who are struggling to master foundational phonics, phonological, and phonemic awareness skills.

Free BOB Book Printables

BOB Books are perfect for the beginning reader. Starting with the earliest set, phonics features and sight words are introduced slowly to make it easy for your child to pick up the book and read. Download several free books for use at home from this site.

Sight Words

This site is full of great information, and it includes games, lessons, custom flashcards, and more.

Fun Phonics

Fun Phonics offers free downloadable phonic readers.

Free Phonetic Readers

Written and illustrated with sensitivity and gentle humor, Free Phonetic Readers features short and long vowels. Stories introducing children from a variety of backgrounds along with their families, friends, pets and other critters introduce phonics to the beginning reader.

Resources for Teaching Reading

Includes tips for teaching your child how to read, games, free downloads and printables, and much more.

Mrs. Perkins’ Dolch Words

Mrs. Perkins’ Dolch Words is a website dedicated to providing teachers and parents with everything they need to teach Dolch sigh