Favorite Classic Picture Books:
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Favorite Chapter Books for Read-Alouds:
The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Charlotte’s Webby E.B. White
The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
Besides a growing library of high-quality children’s literature, here are some resources I recommend to assist you as you teach your child to read.
Handwriting without Tears: This program is, hands-down, the best I’ve seen for teaching your child how to properly form the letters of the alphabet. It is developmentally appropriate for young children between the ages of Pre-K and 2nd grade.
BOB Books: These beginning readers focus on a different set of sounds in every book, which is helpful as your child learns to sound out words. Use them in moderation, however. The simple text and black-and-white illustrations do not make them extremely appealing to young readers who are used to reading storybooks.
Meet the Sight Words DVDs: Although it is extremely difficult to “recommend” DVDs in a book about teaching your child to read, this DVD set is actually quite helpful at helping your child immediately recognize sight words. I would only recommend using these for children 4 years and older and with great moderation.
Finger Pointers: Decoding (sounding out words) can be a tedious process for beginning readers. Make it fun by letting your child point to each word with martian fingers, laser finger beams, bug fingers, or fairy tale fingers.
Sight Word Readers: These little readers are a great way to encourage automatic recognition of sight words within the context of a book! Just as with the BOB books, use these in moderation and be sure to read plenty of picture books with your child.
A Blank Notebook: Readers become writers and writers become readers!
Pathways to Reading: If you are looking for a curriculum for phonemic awareness and phonics instruction, I highly recommend Pathways to Reading. I used it in my first grade classroom and it made learning all of the tricky spellings relatively easy and lots of fun!
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