Grab a free printable Halloween emergent reader for your kids today (you can find it at the bottom of this post). So much early learning takes place with simple books like this!
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Preschoolers and kindergartners get a big kick out of Halloween! And I don’t blame them. It’s a fun reason to dress up and hang out with family and friends. All of this with a bonus side of candy.
That being said, the little ones aren’t much for the scary side of Halloween. Again, I don’t blame them. I made the mistake of watching the movie “It” with my best friend when I was in middle school. So I don’t even like to see clowns on Halloween. Let alone anything seriously scary.
That’s why this little Halloween book is focused on simple costumes for the kids. Not scary at all. In fact, its bears dressed up for Halloween, which adds a layer of levity to the whole concept.
Printable Halloween Book for Kids
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. Check the bottom of this post to grab your own copy.
As I already mentioned, simple emergent readers can help teach many early literacy 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
How to prep the printable Halloween book
I love sharing free printables, so go ahead and grab your own copy of this early reader. 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.
Here’s a video about assembling these easy readers:
Using the printable Halloween 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.
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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 . . .”
Do you use early readers with your children/students? Would they enjoy this printable Halloween emergent reader? Don’t forget to grab your own copy at the end of this post. Let me know what you think!
More Halloween Resources
Preschool Teacher 101 has some done-for-you resources that would be perfect for Halloween! While you’re there, consider becoming a member for even more ways to simplify your planning time. Click on the photos below for more information:
Get Your Free Printable Halloween Reader
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