One of the things I’ve been doing since returning from our trip is to continue planning for our homeschool. I came across an email from ReadingTeacher.com.
[Added in 9 months Later: These are no longer available for free from ReadingTeacher. Instead I wound up visiting Dr. Mariott’s website and downloaded them from there. We wound up using all 52 of these readers with ED, my youngest. They really worked well for her because they progressed very slowly adding just a couple of words in each new book. We generally read one new book per day.]
They developed an online set of the Sam Book readers for kids who are learning to read. This beginning reading program was developed in 1977 and since it was federally funded, federal law requires that the program be placed in the public domain. These are a set of 52 books for beginning readers.
I was excited to see they also have the Sam Books available to print. I much prefer to have ED on my lap as she works on her reading. We usually work about 5-10 minutes a day on reading together (though we’re busy with summer camps and activities the next couple of weeks, so we’re not in our normal routine). We’ll use these to supplement the Bob Books.
I joined ReadingTeacher.com (free) and printed off the first eight books. I’ll give you a few pictures so you can get a feel for whether it might be right for your child. My daughter is just on the cusp of learning to read so this fits in perfectly for us.
So again, your child can listen to these stories or read the stories themselves online, plus there are various activities to go along with that. You’ll also find the printables at ReadingTeacher.com. (Again, I wound up visiting Dr. Mariott’s website and downloaded them free from there.)
As I said, I’ve also used the Bob Books with all three of my kids. You can see the post about the free worksheets I created to go along with those at this post: Beginning Reader Worksheet Pack to Accompany the Bob Books.
I’ll be sharing a new set of worksheets I made to go along with Bob Books Set 2 (Advanced Beginner) sometime in June 2013. Stay tuned! (Update: Here they are!!)
At some point soon I’ll highlight a couple other resources I’ve used as my kids learned to read. Stay tuned!
You might also like this free file folder game I made: Barn Game Sight Word Matching – File Folder Game
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