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Pre-Readers – Teaching Reading to Little Kids

Teaching reading to preschool and kindergartners. Free activities and lessons for pre-readers.

About Learning to Read

How Natural Reading Happens
Why did Matt learn to read all by himself? We hadn’t taught him, had we? It just sort of happened. By Susan Viator.

Reading: Slow and Gentle
To all of you with late readers, hang in there. You are doing the best thing you possibly can by homeschooling them. Stay gentle and keep the naysayers at large. You too will get to share your own successful late reader story some day. And when you do, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. By Annette MacKay

Teaching Tips

ABC Club: For PreK and Early Elementary Homeschoolers
Our homeschool group had a great time with a year-long ABC Club. Kids from age 3 to age 6, 7, and even 8 were able to have fun on equal footing whether they had already begun reading or didn’t know the alphabet yet. By Carma Paden.

Dads in Homeschooling: Reading Aloud and Bedtime Stories 
One significant thing Dad can do for his family and homeschool is reading aloud and telling stories to his children at their bedtime. A Christian perspective, but this advice holds true for all homeschool dads.

Difficulties with Reading
What mystifies many parents is where and why the reading process breaks down. Although, problems may occur in any area, decoding, comprehension, or retention, the root of most reading problems, in the view of many experts, is decoding. Misunderstood Minds, PBS.

How Children Learn to Read
A three-part article excerpted from the Home School Source Book, Third Edition, by Jean and Donn Reed.

Learning to Read and Spell
This column will focus on a little recognized, but absolutely necessary skill for both reading and writing: the ability to retain letters and numbers in your mind. This skill is called image symbols, or “symbol imagery.” By Barbara Phillips.

Reading For Information
Exposing your child to non-fiction will familiarize him with the structure of this type of book and will help him learn how to get information from the text. This early exposure will reflect positively in school.

Taking a Look At Vision Skills
I’ve met many other parents, however, whose children suffered greatly, but who were eventually fortunate to discover that they simply had vision skill difficulties that could be easily remedied. By Lillian Jones.

About Writing, too

Topics and Details: Getting Started With Writing
Most students will tell you that they came to school to learn to read and write, and that’s exactly what we are asking them to do—from the first day of school and every day afterward.


Alphabet Games
Use these alphabet games to help early learners know the alphabet.

Bry-Back Manor
Pre-reading activity sheets for non-readers, to print out directly from the web.

Kid Sparkz Preschool Themes
Collection of worksheets on multiple topics. Some games, some coloring pages. Story starters. Educational skills.

Kindersite Games
Games for children ages 2-7. Most can be enjoyed by those who can’t read or are in the early stages.

Letter of the Week
Brightly Beaming Resources was created by me, Katrina Lybbert, as an online resource for parents and educators of young children. I have homeschooled all of my children from birth, and have created this site from my experiences teaching my children at home.

Phonics vs Whole Language

Reading Instruction Series
Karl Bunday has some real useful advice for parents helping their children to read: use a combination of phonics and real-life “whole language,” not the type of one-or-the-other programs used in schools.


Books on Reading Instruction
Karl Bunday’s extensive list of “How to teach reading at home” and “Theory and Practice of Reading Instruction” books, with commentary.

International Reading Association
Their online bookstore offers scores of the best, yet inexpensive, resources for preparing you, the parent/teacher, on reading strategies.

Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

A learn-to-read website offered free as a public service. We also provide writing journals and books at a very low cost that can be used with the website or separately.

More Reading Resources on A2Z

English Literature for Teenagers
Hands On Reading Activities Vendors
How Natural Reading Happens
Language Arts Books
Pre-Readers – Teaching Reading to Little Kids
Reading Basics For Kids
Reading Instruction Materials – Literature Based Language Arts
Reading Level Assessment Tests
Reading Lists – Great Books for Children – Page 1 and Page 2
Teaching Reading in Home School


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