Early Literacy Activities and Phonics for Kids

Teacher tips and teaching strategies to teach grammar, English Language Arts, ESOL ELL, vocabulary, and punctuation, nouns, adjectives, adverbs. Phonics…
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You can teach early literacy in your word work and literacy centers. Try word work activities, such as sight word instruction and phonics CVC and CVCC word families, that teach reading, spelling, and other literacy skills. Make implementing word work in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade fun and engaging. Try these word work games, ideas and tips, work great for small group instruction, morning work, stations, home review and practice, and fast finishers.
How do you teach phonics to kids? Here are some concise tips based on years of research including the Science of Reading methods. Learn teaching tips for teaching the alphabet and letter sounds, practicing initial letters, segmenting words, connecting sounds and writing, and word study. These tips are great for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers. Grab the free sample of Phonics Mats printable activities that are perfect for small groups, and morning work.
My Short and Long Vowel Word Families Bundles come with activities, posters, assessments, and more! Teaching word families is a great strategy that will provide your kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students with a strong phonics and reading foundation. You can learn more about teaching word families in your primary classroom here on the blog, and you can also download a FREE word family resource or purchase my bundles!

Phonics Activities for Kids

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the free printable worksheet for kids to learn how to use them
Consonant Blends Made Easy: Classroom Strategies for Kids
Fill your literacy centers and small group lessons with consonant digraphs activities for kindergarten and first grade students to have fun with. Choose from posters, worksheets, games, self-assessments, playdough mats, and crafts to teach ending digraphs. Add them to morning work, independent centers, small groups, whole group lessons, intervention times, or even use them as exit tickets. The kids will enjoy the crafts and games as well! Grab the free printable CL consonant blend activities!
the long - o level word family worksheet for hands on activities
Long Vowel Word Family Activities
Are you teaching long vowels in your classroom? These Long Vowel Word Family Activities are a fun way to get your kids using and practicing long vowels. This set includes practice for 34 word families with posters, worksheets, activities and more! A fun way to practice long vowels A,E,I,O,U and rhyming words.
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Teaching Consonant Blends: Fun Tips and Activities for K-2
Help students master their consonant blends by using these fun, jam-packed blends units. They feature posters, centers, crafts, worksheets, assessments, write the room activities and more for s blends, l blends, and r blends. They are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Use them in literacy centers, send them home for extra practice, set them out for fast-finishers, or use them in a whole group setting in the primary education classroom.
three different activities for children to do with their teacher's book, including coloring and writing
3 quick and effective following directions activities that build listening comprehension
Help students with following directions and listening comprehension in the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom using these fun listening mats. Plus, grab a free listening activities sample to try! Students will read and draw an image to match, listen and color, or visualize and illustrate. These are great for classroom small groups, whole group lessons, independent work times, morning work, and end of the day activities. Build confidence in fun ways with Listening Mats!
the first grade ela worksheets and literacy centers are great for students to practice
14 Effective & Fun First Grade ELA Worksheets & Literacy Centers
1st grade teachers, check off planning differentiated ELA activities with these monthly literacy centers, worksheets, & decodable readers. You'll find tons of printables and fun centers to use with your first grade students. There are puzzles, clip cards, decodable readers, short passages, mini books, worksheets, and more. Use them for morning work, literacy centers, fast-finishers, extra practice, small groups, or have them on hand for substitute teachers. There's something for every day!
the fun and free printable phonics activities for young learners to use
Fun, Quick, and Effective Phonics Activities for Young Learners
Use phonics mats to bolster student engagement in the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom. These phonics activities are versatile, fun, and engaging! Each pack includes worksheets and activities to work on letter recognition, rhyming, letter sounds, decoding, reading comprehension, writing letters, letter formation, beginning sounds, middle sounds, ending sounds, and phonemes. Print and leave in centers or laminate for multiple uses! Grab a free 15-page printable sample pack!
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Simple Activities to Teach Phonics to Students
How do you teach phonics to kids? Here are some concise tips based on years of research including the Science of Reading methods. Learn teaching tips for teaching the alphabet and letter sounds, practicing initial letters, segmenting words, connecting sounds and writing, and word study. These tips are great for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers. Grab the free sample of Phonics Mats printable activities that are perfect for small groups, and morning work.
kids are playing with their letters and numbers to learn how to use the word families
9 fun literacy centers that teach long and short vowel word families
Literacy centers are the best time to build confidence in reading short vowel and long vowel word families. Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students will love the activities, such as puzzles, sorting cards, worksheets, playdough mats, word work, and books. The reading centers are great for practicing rhyming, phonics, and ELA skills and are a fun addition to small groups, whole group lessons, early finisher tasks, and morning work tubs. Grab the free printable short A activities!
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Engaging word Work Activities for the Classroom
You can teach early literacy in your word work and literacy centers. Try word work activities, such as sight word instruction and phonics CVC and CVCC word families, that teach reading, spelling, and other literacy skills. Make implementing word work in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade fun and engaging. Try these word work games, ideas and tips, work great for small group instruction, morning work, stations, home review and practice, and fast finishers.
NO-PREP Comprehension Mats for K-2.
Reading Comprehension Mats provides teachers with one-page, no-prep printable reading passages and follow-up activities to help build student fluency and comprehension skills. Great for use in classroom literacy centers, during morning work, and small group instruction in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Add these to your teaching reading toolbox and help little kids learn to read with engaging reading text and worksheets for kids.