Color and Read Emergent Readers {Updated and Expanded!}

Color and Read Pack - Early Emergent and Emergent Readers - This Reading Mama

A couple of years ago, I created some color and read emergent readers that my son in Pre-K used. This year, I’m using them with my 4 year old daughter, MBug, who is currently working through Reading the Alphabet. Because she knows several sight words already, these were a perfect fit. But they needed some […]

Super FUN Activities for Elementary-Age Kids


This week, I found some super fun activities for elementary-aged kids and I’d like to feature just five today before our After School Linky!   When I came across this fun Magic E 4 in a Row game from Playdough to Plato, I had one of those, “Man, I wish I had thought of that one!” […]

Learning the Alphabet – FREE Letter H Printable Pack

Learning the Alphabet - FREE Letter H Printable Pack - This Reading Mama

Today, we’re sharing our Letter H Pack of Learning the the Alphabet, printable ABC packs that are designed to teach kids upper and lowercase letters PLUS letter sounds. If you are unsure how to do one of the activities, be sure to visit our introductory post, which has tons of images of the printables in […]

Helping Kids Sound out Words

5 Tips for Helping Kids Sound Out Words

I often receive emails asking how to help kids learn to sound out words. Many times, it’s because kids struggle to blend together the sounds in the word. For example, they may sound out the individual sounds in a word, like /l/ – /o/ – /g/ and then say something like, bat. Ugh. And this can […]

Science Activities and Subscription for Kids

Science Activities for Kids - Jr. Explorers Online Subscription

*This post was sponsored by Junior Explorers, an online subscription for kids that contains hands-on science activities and online games. I was given a free sample of their Arctic Pack and compensated for my time. All opinions expressed belong to me. You can read more about this in my disclosure policy. My boys {Kindergarten and 3rd […]

Asking Questions: A Comprehension Strategy


Welcome back to our 10-week series called Reading Comprehension Strategies. If you’re new to this series, I encourage you to read the introductory post, which has all the links we’ve covered so far. Today, The Measured Mom is sharing about asking questions and how getting kids to ask questions is beneficial for readers PLUS she has […]

15+ Activities to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

15+ Activities to Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday

Dr. Seuss’ birthday will soon be here {March 2nd} and many teachers are gearing up for a birthday celebration! Whether you are a Dr. Seuss fan or not, you do have to admit that his rhymes are contagiously silly and make a great springboard for so many important literacy skills. Today, we’re sharing more than […]

I Can Rhyme ~ A Silly Rhyming Poetry Pack

I Can Rhyme- FREE Poetry Pack - This Reading Mama

With the approach of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I thought it would be fun to make a silly rhyming poetry pack that was a little playful with rhyming words. It does feature quite a few contractions, but we have a few freebies for contractions if you are interested in those. To see all the Poetry Packs we’ve […]

CVCe Words Rhyming Blackout

CVCe Words - FREE Rhyming Blackout - This Reading Mama

After kids learn how to read and spell short vowel words, it’s time for long vowel words! A great place to start is with CVCe words. My Kindergartner has just begun to explore CVCe words more. We even just recently released our CVCe Build and Spell Pack that he has used. This week, he and his older […]

CVC Words Rhyming Blackout

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The short vowel patterns in CVC words are the first ones kids typically learn after they know their alphabet sounds {along with beginning sight words.} I like to start with word families then move to reading mixed CVC words before moving to long vowel patterns. This Rhyming Blackout Game {free download at the end of this […]