Free Reading Resources

I have created these reading resources over the years to help me teach my own five children how to read, and now I’d like to share them with you! If you start by building vocabulary and teaching the ABCs really really well when your child is young and do it with lots of love, cuddles and fun, it will lay the foundation to make learning how to read happen easily, naturally, and as if by magic. Enjoy!

Using My ABC Resources with Baby Julian

Using My ABC Resources with Baby Julian

ABC Resources

Use these ABC Flashcards, Posters, and Video to help your child learn letter names, letter sounds, and a word for each letter. Learning the ABCs lays the foundation for learning how to read. Children who know their letter names and sounds will learn to read easily, and for those who don’t reading will be a struggle.

Vocabulary Resources

Children learn about the world around themselves best in language rich environments with lots of opportunities for oral language development. Using these flashcards and videos are great ways to engage your child with beginning vocabulary which will build their background knowledge and help to make them better readers.

Word Families Resources

After children have completely mastered letter names and sounds (stick to short vowels and one sound for each letter to start with), they can start tapping out sounds to make words. Look at the word cat and say “c-a-t” as you point to each letter then swoop underneath the whole word and say cat.

More Complex Sounds

After children learn the first 26 sounds for the letters of the alphabet, it’s time to introduce the remaining 18 sounds that make up the 44 sounds (or phonemes) in the English language. Knowing these sounds is called phonemic awareness. Children do not need to master these sounds, but rather be introduced to them and have them pointed out during reading. This knowledge will really help with spelling later on.

Follow These 5 Simple Steps to Teach Your Child How to Read:

I created these resources to help any parent (or teacher) teach their child/children to read in a fun and back to basics kind of way. If you follow these steps and fill learning time with lots of love and cuddles, your child will learn how to read easily and naturally just like my own five children did.

  1. Language Rich Environment: Use oral language at the child’s level (Get down on the floor and play together!) and help them memorize vocabulary words. (Tell them the names of things!)
  2. Phonemic Awareness: Teach one sound for each letter of the alphabet. (Start with short vowels and the hard c and g.)
  3. Phonics: Tap out sounds in three letter words to teach how sounds come together to form words.
  4. More Complex Phonemic Awareness: Introduce long vowels, digraphs, other vowel sounds, and other consonant sounds.
  5. Reading Comprehension Strategies: Use quality literature to interact with books and ask questions before, during, and after reading to make sure your child is understanding what you’re reading.

Start young! It’s better to do a little bit over a long period of time rather than try to cram it all in before preschool or kindergarten starts. Read more about how to teach your child to read in my blog: Teach Your Child to Read in 5 Simple Steps.

Teach Your Child to Read Blog Series 

For a more in depth look at teaching your child to read, follow my blog series. In this series, I divide learning how to read into nine layers that build off from each other to create strong and confident readers. In each blog, you’ll find additional resources and information that will give you a deep understanding for how children learn how to read.