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Monday, July 23, 2018

                                Free Begin to Read Books
Learning to Read with Funetics
 (Fun with Phonetics)
Home School or at School fun for free

4 Steps into Reading & then Read to Learn

 Step Up the Fun For Tots

Tot Funetics
Phonetics for Fun Addicts

This program is called, "Fun For Tots" because it is my experience that children learn when they are having fun. It is a 4 step progression into reading. This is for children that are learning to read or reading to learn.

Replay another Way

This is a brief summary of Step 1
For more on step one, scroll down.

Learn the initial vowel and consonant name recognition.

Mini letter Books
Step 1 
a-z books
Copy each page. Cut into 4 individual pages. Place pages in order and then staple for a mini take home book.









Single Letter Sight words

 More single page copy mini books.

Small Letter Cubes for recognition and letter sounds.
Cut around the dice. Fold on all of the solid lines. Form into a dice by taping some of the sides

ABC Beads

Copy, cut out and punch the beads. Cut a long piece of yarn tape the end for a needle. Tie a bead at the end.
use a pipe cleaner to thread the beads. Tie a bead a bit before the end so that the tot doesn't lose their letter beads.  Let them thread the beads in alphabetical order.
Store in a zip lock bag.
Learing your letters in Alphabetical Order

Alphabet Finger Puppets



ABC Letter Chain

Have the tots cut the 3 letter strips for a a set of 9 rings. My experience is that they loved to cut the strips. Then have them glue in alphabetical order for an ABC chain. I helped them with this.

Learn to read with this Micro Strip Book

Cut out these 6 strips. (Do not cut out page for page.) Fold back and forth and then staple on the left for a microstrip book from A-Z.

ABC Keys
Copy, cut out, and laminate. Punch a hole in each key. Thread a book ring through each hole. Name a letter and have the tot find the key. 

Letter Games

Set 1 Phoningo Picutre  Bingo Cards




Phoningo Draw Cards

Letter to picture Sound Cards


Letters on the Fly Game
Learn Your Letters on the Fly

Place a sticky Velcro circle on the back of each fly and 26 Velcro circles spread across the foam board. You will name or have them draw the letter that each tot will hunt down and swat. If playing against an opponent, then they will take the fly. You can have a tot find the letter of the day and swat. You can have them swat a word, by swatting a letter at a time. If you use a letter twice, then you will place the letter back on the foam board in a different spot. (The flies can be moved around whereas they have sticky Velcro on the back.)



A Preschool Plus Step One Program (free)

Step 1 Pre-school Plus

Step 1 is learning about a single letter.
A letter is born and is given a name to read.
Learn to recognize what the letter looks like. Learn to w rite a letter.  You are now ready to r-r-r read. 

Reading Readiness 
Pre Reading Skills
Let us repeat this step.

Birth of a Letter Sound

Give a Letter a name to recognize.
Letters make a sound to read.
Write the Letter.

(The 3 Rs) 
r-r-r ready to read
Read the sound
(W)   rite the letter
Recognize the letter
R-rrrrrr ready to read!

Step 1 (Baby Steps)

Step 1 is for  Pre School reading readiness lessons which incorporate (4) learning categories: 

1-letter 2-numbers 3-shapes 4-colors 
all in one lesson.

 Lesson Support Activities:

      Field Trip


             Tot Funetics 
                                                                     By Brenda Chadburn 
This is a program designed for Tot’s to be taught (tot) the FUN way, because if you are not having fun, you are not learning! Hence, TOT Funetics is being taught fun phonetics for all you fun addicts.
This curriculum is designed to introduce reading readiness skills in a fun way as they step into reading. All 26 initial letters and sounds are introduced through musicsnack, story, take-home activity,  play, and field trips.

The Letter Might be G

 “G” is for the color gold. The story might include:    Goldilocks and the 3 Bears using 3 as the number for the day. The shape might be circles for the bowls you draw for the bears. It could include the concepts of giving, gone, guess, go,and growing.    As you can tell,

 all are tied to one letter in a nutshell!

In designing these lesson plans, careful consideration was given to assure it is a lesson at a glance, almost like a recipe.  File mastery cards are used for quick reference during the lesson. Though the words are few, the activities are many.  One  letter is done each time you meet. .  You can go through the alphabet once in the year for each time you have met. If you meet three times, then you would have gone through the alphabet three times. There were a few who knew the letters and sounds the first time through. Others started identifying beginning sounds and letter recognition after the second time. It is good as each learns when they are ready. There is no pressure, only fun!

All the lessons have many children’s songs and music which aid children in learning. If you were to hum the “ABC” song to a group of teenagers, they would quickly recite the rest of the song back to you. Music stays in the mind long after words do.

Creativity is fundamental to the growth of children. This learning is interconnected to arts, crafts, music, experiments, dance, and kitchen activities. Children’s play is also important to their development. Children’s play is children’s learning. Playing house, pretending to go to the grocery store, and play mat activities with cars or plastic figures are great for their imagination.. Always remember that if the children are getting bored, it is time to change the activity.


 Letter Introduction, Music, SnackStory  Activity, Play, Field trip.  

What’s different about this program? All lessons are designed to be themed around a letter of the alphabet. It is not a letter of the week, or a letter a couple of times in a month. In order for them to understand letters, they must do them in order and every time they meet! Now you may be saying, “I don’t want them to feel like they are in kindergarten”. “I want my child to have a childhood.” That is exactly why you will like fun funetics (Phonetics). The reading readiness skills are not always taught in school. I wanted my child to feel free and creative and yet have fun while they learn. There are many times that my tot’s have said that they are going to a party. ***Remember if you’re not having fun, you are not learning!

introduced true to their sound   
I DO NOT USE XYLOPHONE FOR “X” NOR, DO I USE XEROX!  There is enough information in each Letter Mastery, to teach at least three different lessons using the same letter. I have even covered the hard sounds like I, X, and Z. Last but not least, every letter has an age appropriate story to teach the letter sound. Again I did not use a story with the words like, “KNOCK, KNOCK” for K.     

This curriculum offers something for everyone. It is a great resource for parents, pre-school teachers, or any other type of teacher.
For those who want to do the HOME TOT FUNetics PROGRAM, invite 3-6 preschoolers and share in the teaching and hosting of the tots. I recommend meeting 1 to 2 times a week. There have been groups who met three times a week but, suggested that they were overwhelmed. Home tot learning can be a time of one on one for your child or children. The rule of thumb for those who should be invited to this type of program is that they must be potty trained.  
Remember that there is no place like home for learning.   


Lesson Instruction
tIntroductionn: Pick out activities that are interrelated to the story. This introductory period should last about fifteen minutes and will include every possible activity that may be repeated in another area at another time.  An example of this would be a song that was used for both the introductory period as well as the music time like, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” for the letter “H” h-h-h head. This amounts to about 4 or 5 different selections from the letter mastery. Remember, that if you use the initial sound in the music or any other time, they must have heard the word before.  You must be sure to introduce it in the introductory period or the tot’s will not identify the sound. Do the letters in order and always a letter a lesson. (15 min.)

Feed different things through the curtain that begin with "v" like pictures of a vacuum, vampire, etc. Each tot might share a "v" thing that they brought from home.

Music: The music listed in yellow, are common early childhood songs and verses. If you would like to download music or words from the web, a section has been included with web site resources. You can purchase c.d. discs for as little as a dollar at the dollar store and on the web for as much as $20.00. During music time you will vary the activities and instruments. For “B” you would use bells. For “C” you could ride on horses with cowboy hats. For “M” you would march. For “S” you might skip or use scarves. Always check the Music Letter Mastery. Choose 2-3 songs for the music period. Sometimes you may want to repeat the same song.   (10 min.)

M-is for maracas 

Snack: The snack is listed in pinkish purple. The snack might be a gummy inch worm in Oreo dirt for I, or it could be G for goldfish. Again, it ties in with the letter. (15 min.)

O is for octopus

Story: The story can be one you choose from this curriculum or a popular children’s story. Some books may be in your library, or can be checked out from the library.  Tie the snack or activity to the story. An example of this would be, “The Gingerbread Man” story would be followed by decorating gingerbread men for the snack.   You could make a hat for the story like, “The Cat in the Hat” for the letter “H”. If the story is too long for your group, then retell it with the pictures.   (5 - 10 min.)

Activities: There are activities of every sort, including a volcano, a great one for the scientific mind. They will paint, stamp, work with play dough, make paper plate masks, and so many other fun activities. However, you may still want to surf the web for different crafts which are listed on the web site list. All time periods are themed and linked by the letter. Choose only one activity for the day. Check the activity section for ideas and patterns.  (15 min.)

A- is for the animal cookies in the ark

Play: Play time consists of activities that are apart of the letter and sound. An example of this would be when giving the lesson for the letter “P” for puzzles. For play time you could put out the puzzles. If you want to have free play time where there isn’t play linked to the letter, feel free. It is your call. (Remainder of the session)

P -is for parachute play

Field trips: Field trips are connected with letter concepts. (You don’t always have to have a field trip.)

Summaryr There will be a summary of all that is taught throughout the letter lesson.

There are activities which are not part of the letter theme. I always have them wave flags to a patriotic song such as, “I’m Proud to be an American” or “You’re a Grand Old Flag. Following the flag waving, we will say the Pledge of AllegianceThen with different instruments, I have them march to an “ABC” songEach day we meet, we will repeat these activities of flag waving, the Pledge of Allegiance and the “ABC” song, in that very same order! This allows for the few who are late, to be able to attend the introductory time. THAT IS ESSENTIAL! The Introductory period must remain in the order suggested, in order to be effective in teaching phonics. The order you do the music or other areas, is your call. You may want to break the introductory period into two segments with a circle time. 

Flag Waving:     

Pledge of Allegiance:
“ABC” Song:

Introduction: (20 min.)    "A"
  1- Place different pictures or objects that depict "a" things. (alligator, apple, ant etc.) through the window of a puppet theater. 

 2- Guess what is in the sack. It is round it is juicy. Sometimes it is green, sometimes yellow, and sometimes it is red. It grows on trees. What is it? an a-a-a- (apple)

 3-Invite them to bring a share and tell animal to share.(Do the animals match in pairs of 2) 

4- Put magnets on a magnetic board. Group the magnets in like kind and then add them.  

5- Place the a-z stickers on the floor spaced a foot length apart. Turn on an "ABC" song and walk from a-z. 
Music: (15 min.)
     1 "ABC" song by Heidi Butkiss
   2-   "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"                                                                            3-
Story: (10 min.) "Aggie Alligator" by Brenda Chadburn

Snack: (15 min.) Cut up apples and serve.

Activity: (20 min.) Make an alligator using the patterns.

Play Time: (remainder of the session) Use the animal puppets to act out the animal sounds. 

Field Trip: visit a farm or a zoo

Summary: A- Animal dominoes, (pairs #2), Color green for the apples and alligator, make circle apples
Concepts: learning to match, animal recognition , adding, learning the alphabet

(This is designed to fill a 1 ½ - 2 hour session.)

Flag Waving:     

Pledge of Allegiance:
“ABC” Song:

Introduction: (20 min.)





Music: (15 min.)
   2-                                                                               3-
Story: (10 min.)

Snack: (15 min.)

Activity: (20 min.)

Play Time: (remainder of the session)

Field Trip:

(This is designed to fill a 1 ½ - 2 hour session.)

Here is a review of the baby steps for pre-reading Step 1.

2 Letter Words, diagraphs-etc., and 2 blend

2 letter Cubes 
(words, blends, digraphs)

Sight Words


match blends to end part of word

word ends/match with the blend



2 letter Books









Paragraphs to help you read for speed
Set the timer for a minute. Let them read the paragraph over and over until the alarm. Count up the words using the numbers at the end of each line to figure the words per minute.


Family Clusters











Family Cube Clusters
long a, short a

Long i, Short I

Long O Short o


Long U, Short u

Odd Clusters



           Family Cluster List & Mini Books
Long (A) 4 Page Book



Short (a) 4 Page Mini Book





Long (E) 4 Page Mini Book


Short (e) 4 Page Mini Book




Long (I) 4 Page Mini Book



Short (i) 4 Page Mini Book




Long (O) 4 Page Mini Book


Short (O) all

Short (O) aw

Short (o) 4 Page Mini Book




 (U) Sounds 4 Page Mini Books

Short (u) 4 Page Mini Books




Odd Family Clusters 4 Page Mini Books










Sight Word Cubes











Mini Sight Word Books
Single Letter Sight Words (May be done in step 1)





2 Letter Sight words



Sight Words

after                                      add


   could, would, should                          count

color words

 One, two three, four, five                                     what

                (I)                                            One, two, three, four

 large and little                                   Left, right

light, heavy                                   long, short


 match, it

numbers: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve

Shape Words

months of the year


 nine, nose                                        ten, had, red

 see, some                                                one, xome



know, slow



                                     to, two, too


up, or, under





Hanging Monkey Sight Words


Copy and cut out tree top and monkeys, /Attach the green palm part of the tree to the paper towel roll with tape. Hot glue the large craft sticks crossed in an x figure.for the tree stand. Tape the stand to the roll tree. It is time to hang some monkeys.

Let each tot draw and read what is 
on the monkey. Then have them hang it to the tree or to the next monkey in the group of words. When the monkey drops, it is time to count up monkeys. (Repeat)