How to Use This Course
Teaching Reading Through Play is divided into 180 short lessons, covering a 36-week school year. Each weekly topic features five short activities specially designed to teach reading through play. Doing one activity daily, five days each week, is recommended because short, repetitive exposure of a concept over time is usually more beneficial to young learners than longer lessons less frequently. Also included is weekly information designed to give parents insight into the science of teaching reading and answer some common questions.
Welcome to Teaching Reading Through Play. As a certified teacher with a master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy, I understand the dynamics of reading.
As a homeschooling mom to seven, I also know it’s very possible to teach your children to read without fancy supplies or expensive curriculum. You can teach reading through play. This course will help you along the way.
Designed for early learners who already know the names and sounds for all 26 letters, this course will build on those existing literacy skills. Through intentional play and activities, you’ll gently guide your little learner into reading.
As a beginning reading course, we’ll focus mainly on short vowel sounds this year. Toward the end of the year, long vowel sounds will be introduced.
Divided into 180 short lessons, this course will last for a 36-week school year. It’ll cover 36 essential reading topics, one for each week.
Each topic features five short activities specially designed to teach reading through play. I recommend doing one activity each day, five days each week. That’s because short, repetitive exposure of a concept over time is usually more beneficial to young learners than longer lessons less frequently.
Each week, you’ll find some key information just for parents before you dive into the daily activities. This information will give you insight into the science of teaching reading and answer some of your “why” questions.
The early years are essential for building a solid foundation for learning. That means instructor involvement is necessary. However, I understand how limited time can be. That’s why you’ll find short lessons and easy-to-set-up activities.
Don’t worry; you won’t need anything fancy for this course. I’ve designed lessons around typical household items, books that are readily available at most libraries, and common toys.
Each week has a materials list and instructions for preparing for the week. That way you’re ready to read each day!
If you ever have a question about the course, please feel free to email me (you’ll find my email address on page five of the first lesson).
Printable weekly lessons with activity suggestions.
Week 1: Mommy Letters & Baby Letters
Week 2: Letters in Disguise
Week 3: Letter Sound Review
Week 4: Creating a Literary Environment
Week 5: Reading Symbols & Logos
Week 6: Listening for & Playing with Rhymes
Week 7: Combining Sounds into Words
Week 8: What’s a Vowel?
Week 9: Benefit of Reading Nonsense Words
Week 10: AT Words
Week 11: AN Words
Week 12: EN Words
Week 13: ED Words
Week 14: IG Words
Week 15: IN Words
Week 16: OP Words
Week 17: OT Words
Week 18: UG Words
Week 19: UT Words
Week 20: Letter Blends
Week 21: Moving Beyond Three-letter Words
Week 22: Intentionally Building Vocabulary
Week 23: Phonics vs. Whole Language (Understanding the Debate)
Week 24: Sight Words Are Important Too!
Week 25: Seeing Self as a Reader
Week 26: Reading Through Song
Week 27: Shopping Trip Letter/Word Play
Week 28: Building Confidence Through Shared Reading
Week 29: Seeing Self as a Writer
Week 30: Developing Comprehension Through Play
Week 31: Reading Games for the Road
Week 32: Strategies & Games for Building Reading Fluency
Week 33: When to Correct an Error & Review
Week 34: Strategies for Decoding an Unknown Word
Week 35: Long Vowel Intro
Week 36: The Silent E
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