Our “beginner” reading program is not really so much a reading program as an introduction to all the letter sounds for ages 4-6. This is a gentle “kindergarten” approach, with one letter sound learned each week. By the end of the year, your child will be able to blend consonants and short vowels and read simple 3-letter words (like c-a-t).
This is the order in which we teach letter sounds for our beginner program:
F, B, M, T, R, A, H, P, S, I, C, D, J, O, N, K, L, U, V, W, G, Y, E, Z, X, Qu
Each week’s lessons include fun activities such as making a letter-of-the-week page, playing fun games, learning a Bible memory verse to go with each letter (with a matching song), and learning beginning handwriting skills.
How to Use This Curriculum
LESSON PLAN FORMAT
Members may print or download the following:
- The child will need a pencil with an attached eraser, plus crayons.
- 3″ x 5″ unlined index cards. Mom will use these to make a set of ABC flashcards. (You might wish to simply purchase a set of inexpensive ABC flashcards at a local store.)
- Construction paper and plastic sheet protectors for the child’s weekly letter page, plus a 3-ring binder to store these in.
- Small dry-erase board for student. We prefer one that is lined on one side and blank on the other.
- Dry-erase markers.
- Magnetic letters.
- Pencil grips (optional).
If money is tight, be creative with what you have on hand!
The following books are scheduled in the lesson plans but are not required. They are just fun additions for families who wish to use them.
This curriculum is intended primarily for children ages 4-6 who do not yet know the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
Need Help Teaching Phonics?
If this is your first time teaching someone to read, don’t be nervous. Send us an email if you’re having trouble understanding or explaining a topic. We’ll make a video and show you how we teach it at our house. That’s what community is for!
About Foundations of Reading (Beginner Level)
Foundations of Reading (Beginner Level) is copyright 2013 by Anne Elliott.
All rights reserved. No part of this curriculum may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. You do have permission to photocopy the curriculum for your own personal use. You may select individual pages to copy, or you may copy the entire curriculum! It is up to you how much of the information you want to copy and for how many children in your family you want to use it. You can copy this curriculum for use in your immediate family only; redistributing the book to other families is strictly prohibited.
Scripture taken from the King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12).
Published by Foundations Press.