Once my young learners have conquered CVC words like cat or pig, and are working on their long vowels and CCVC words like frog or shop, I generally feel it’s about time for them to start reading some “real” books. It’s not always so easy though to get just the right level and variety of book from the library, and it can be costly to have everyone reading the same books at the same time since that means resorting to purchasing from the big publishers.
Fortunately, Super Teacher Worksheets (STW) had just what I needed with their mini-books for early readers, which can easily be colored in, cut out, and stapled together with little muss or fuss. They can then be used for reading practice in class or assigned as homework. They have the advantage of costing virtually nothing to make, and they can be kept for future use (with a little laminating). And truth be told, I’m very partial to the illustrations.
There is one book per consonant of the alphabet, each of which introduces a new sentence pattern, the consonant’s sound, and new vocabulary words. There are also books for the short and long vowels, several blends and digraphs, and there’s even a perfect little mini-book template for designing your own books which could have tons of uses in the EFL classroom.
In an ideal world, it would be great if STW had audio files that could be downloaded by subscribers to the site, or a better yet, a dedicated YouTube channel, where children could tune in and listen to the books being read to them (maybe like this one). Neither would be that hard to set up. In fact, I fell for these books so hard I was actually thinking about doing the recordings myself, or at least putting it on my list of things to do during the summer break.
Even without the audio files, I’m still ecstatic at having such a wonderful resource for teaching reading to young learners.