Last year I made the switch from second to first. I don't know how people constantly switch grades, it was SO much work! I love my little first graders though. In first grade there was a much bigger focus on phonics. I needed to get these little ones to learn and apply each phonics pattern. Some of them could master the pattern in isolation, but really struggled with the pattern when they came across it in real text.
My Solution: Phonics Readers
My small group reading time is so precious and I felt I could be more effective during that time. I needed something for my groups that struggled with phonics. I came up with these little readers so we could study phonics patterns IN CONTEXT.
One thing that was important to me when making these was that they were easy to copy and assemble. I really don't have time to cut out individual pages, sort, and staple. These are made so that you can use a copier to run double sided copies, staple (I use the staple feature on the copier and then just add a few more staples to reinforce), and cut (just one slice with the paper cutter). This will give you two books. Easy Peasy.
If you are a washi tape addict like I am, you can add a little tape to cover the staples and color code the books.
These books are great to use in guided reading groups, or you can send them home with students. I like to use highlighters (or highlighter tape), finger pointers, and Wikki Stix to have students interact with the text.
I made 70 different readers! I wanted to cover all the major phonics patterns. I have sorted them into six different sets.
The first set has one reader (ing) and is free so you can see what the readers are like. I also have sets that cover short vowels, silent e, blends and digraphs, r-controlled vowels, and vowel teams. They are priced so each individual reader is only 50 cents. So the sets that have 6 readers cost $3. If you want to buy them all and save, I have a bundle available that saves you 20% off the price of the sets sold individually. You can click pictures below to go to the store link.