Now that my daughter is showing interest and ability in sounding out words and recognizing the print around her, it’s time I read up on it too and find the early reading activities that will be a perfect match for her personality. If you are starting out or teaching a child to read, this ultimate guide to early reading resources and activities is essential.Get ideas on nurturing early readers in this ultimate guide to early reading resources and activities. CVC words, sight words, active games...ideas are here.

General Early Reading Tips for Parents and Educators

It helps to know what other parents and educators do to help encourage literacy during the early reading stages. Here are some tips from others to help you get your bearings.

Normal Stages of Reading with Infants and Toddlers from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Early Reading Activities and Tips from Sue at One Time Through

Meaningful Literacy for Early Readers from Not Just Cute

Why Don’t You Teach Reading?: A Look at Emergent Literacy from Not Just Cute

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Emergent Readers from Anna on Teach Mama

6 Tips for Teaching Early Readers from Cindy at Our Journey Westward

Why I Don’t Push My Kids to Read Early and What I Do Instead from Colleen at Raising Lifelong Learners

How to Support a Beginning Reader from Jodie on Childhood 101

Phonemic Awareness Early Reading Activities and Tips

Before a child is quite ready to sound out words and memorize sight words, we need to make sure they have some strong phonemic awareness. Here are some fun early reading activities and resources to help establish a phonemic foundation for reading.

“Dusty” Rhyming: A Picture-Book Inspired Game from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Compound Words Activities from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Developing Early Reading Skills for Preschoolers from Carla at Preschool Powol Packets

Picture Walk Preview for Early Readers from Devany at Still Playing School

Early Reading — Compound Words from Carrots are Orange

Reading Readiness Checklist from Becky at This Reading Mama

Five Things Kids Need Before They’re Ready to Sound Out Words from Anna at the Measured Mom

Practice Recognizing Short Vowel Sounds with an Autumn Game from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Early Readers Books

Of course, we get tons of books to read from the library and book store. Here are some lists of free printable readers as well as round-ups of favorite early readers to check out.

Free Baseball-themed Early Reader from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

10 Phonics Readers for Early Readers from This Reading Mama (See also her Bob’s Books printables!)

Free Emergent Reader Sight Word books from The Measured Mom

Great Gifts for Early Readers from Alex at the Kindergarten Connection

Best Early Reader Books from Little Bins for Little Hands

Easy Reader Books that Actually Are Easy from What Do We Do All Day?

Book List for Beginning Readers from What do We Do all Day?

CVC Early Reading Activities and Tips

Since my daughter knows the first sounds for all of the alphabet, CVC words are great early reading steps for her. She feels proud and confident when she sounds out a word using the sounds she’s learned. Here are some additional fun activities relating to CVC words.

Flower-Themed Word Family Picture Sort from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Early Reading CVC Centers from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Practice Reading and Spelling with Word Ladders from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Silly CVC Sentences from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me)

Phonics Blocks Early Reading Activity from Kids Activities Blog

CVC Spelling Tray from Nadia at the Kindergarten Connection

CVC Word Balloons from Vivianna at Totschooling

Build CVC Words with Blocks from Nadia at Teach Me Mommy

Caterpillar Word Family Activity from Danielle at Mom Inspired Life

Easter Egg CVC Word Game from Vicky at Mess for Less

Plant CVC Words from Nicola at the Kindergarten Connection

CVC Blending Words Carrot Patch from School Time Snippets

CVC Alphabet Cracker Activity from Kate at Kitchen Floor Crafts

Sight Word Early Reading Activities

Sight words are those that come up time and again. Strawberry has shown me that she rememebers the most familiar sight words already. Here are some sight-word specific activities and games for reinforcing sight word learning.

Muffin Tin Reading Games from Jodie at Growing Book by Book

Sight Word Snowball Toss from Jodie at Growing Book by Book

Shark Sight Words from Jodie at Growing Book by Book

DIY Word Wall for Early Readers from Heidi at Starts at Eight

Kinetic Beach Ball Sight Word Activity from Rachel at Kids Activity Blog

Sight Word Crayon Rubbing Activity from School Time Snippets

Sight Word STEM Building Activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Roll a Sight Word from I Can Teach My Child

I Think I CAN Sight Words from Still Playing School

Sight Word Basketball from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Scratch Off Secret Sight Words from No Time for Flashcards

Squirt the Sight Word from The Educator’s Spin on It

Cup Crash Gross Motor Sight Word Activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Popsicle Stick Sight Word Puzzles from Becky at This Reading Mama

Rocket to the Moon Sight Words Game from Jodie at Growing Book by Book

Flower Sight Word Writing from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Other Early Reading Ideas

These early reading activities can be adapted to any words (CVC or otherwise) to practice reading. I can’t wait to get moving with my little one and see her delight at reading continue to flourish!

Double Gross Motor Early Reading Egg Hunt from Line upon Line Learning (that’s me!)

Learning to Read with Dr. Seuss from Karyn at Teach Beside Me

Hands-On Activities for Beginning Readers from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls

Reading Hopscotch from Karyn at Teach Beside Me

Ice Cream Cone Literacy Activities from Jodie at Growing Book by Book

Word Family Bottle Caps Game from Chrissy at Kids Activities Blog

Apple-Themed Sight Word and CVC Word Activity from There’s Just One Mommy

It seems like this ultimate list should provide kindergarten literacy centers for an entire year, as your kindergartners progress along the reading path. What are your favorite activities to do with early readers?

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