I love making books with, and for, my preschool students. So many early learning concepts can be taught using simple homemade books! With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to create a new printable emergent reader for the kids.
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Halloween emergent reader for preschool and kindergarten
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As I already mentioned, simple emergent readers can help teach many early learning concepts. Here are just some of them:
- Left-to-right progression
- Sight words
- Letter identification
- Letter sounds
- Book knowledge
- The difference between a letter and a word
I love sharing free printables, so go ahead and grab your own copy of this early reader. The color version is HERE, and the black-and-white version is HERE. The clip art I used is from D.J. Inker’s Spook-Tacular Smiles clipart collection, and I used her D.J. Simple font for the words.
Once you’ve printed out the book, it’s time to assemble it. Fold each page in half, with the pictures and words facing out. Put the pages in order, then staple them along the left-hand side. “I See Halloween Costumes” should be on the front, with “The End” on the back.
How to use the emergent reader
This Halloween reader is definitely fun for the kiddos! If the children like to color, print out the black-and-white version and let them be illustrators. If not, the color version works well too!
Start a conversation with the children about Halloween costumes. If they’re anything like my students, the kids will love to share what they’re going to dress up as! Then introduce the book, explaining that it’s about different costumes. Look through the book with the children, talking about each picture.
Then go through and read the book to the kids, pointing to each word. Encourage the children to follow along with the reading. Let the children read and reread the book.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Write the book’s sentences on a separate paper strip. Cut it up, then have the kids reassemble it. They can use the book to help them do so.
- Write the words on sentence strips, then add them to a pocket chart. Cut the pictures out separately, then place them in the pocket chart too. Have the children match up the the pictures to the appropriate sentences. Provide as much help as needed, of course.
- Make a class book based on what the children are planning to be for Halloween, using the same basic sentence structure of “I see a . . .”
Awesome clip art giveaway
I have loved using D.J. Inkers’ clip art and fonts for almost as long as I’ve been teaching (over ten years). When they contacted me to see if I’d like to host a giveaway, I jumped at the chance! I was given the Spook-Tacular Smiles clipart for free so I could create a printable for you awesome readers. You get the chance to win your own copy of the fun Halloween clipart CD now! Simple comment below and tell me what you like using clipart for. The giveaway is a quick one – it ends at 11:00 PM on October 16, 2015. I’ll contact the winner over the weekend.
Do you use early readers with your children/students? Would they enjoy this Halloween emergent reader? Let me know what you think!