The Easiest Way to Simplify Big Words for Your Distance Learner

This book is so cool!

I have to say I get why Pam was so excited about using these emergent readers with her students. She was always sharing her success stories and I thought that was great, but now, after seeing how successful my own daughter has been working in this reader for a few days, “Wow!” I understand Pam’s enthusiasm.

After spending an hour with it on Day 1, we took A’s book out again to practice her reading. Because she enjoys music so much, she really connected to the song and actually had the book memorized by Day 2. Great, right? Until I realized, she wasn’t reading it. She memorized it. However, that’s not a bad thing. It is the first step though.

What do I do now?

I was at a loss because I knew that having her read through the book was not an effective way to assess her reading. Fortunately, there are numerous other things that can be done with this book!

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Our Boom Emergent Reader for Real and Make-Believe is an amazing self-paced resource for your distance learning students.

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  • They feature themed content-area vocabulary.
  • There is a recording for a read-aloud option.
  • There is a recording of a song to help students make musical connections to what they are reading.
  • There are three types of review questions:
  • Reading comprehension
  • Phonics questions to help students break down their vocabulary words.
  • Vocabulary identification questions where students match pictures in the book to the words they represent. Click here to see more!

Try it out first!

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If you prefer paper emergent readers…

Here’s where you can start. Have your student be a word detective. There are two ways to be a word detective:

1.Look for words:

Have your student look for the special words or any other words you choose in other books.

One of the special words in the book is “magic.” She found it in her Frozen book as well!

2. Look for patterns:

Each special word contains different patterns. Have your student underline, circle, highlight, etc the feature, then write words that have the same feature. Her words were beat and bead. I gave her the first word to get her started. The great thing about these readers is she wrote the words with the features right in the empty box.

When we were reading her Frozen book, she also found this “ea” blend in the word please. It was so exciting to see her apply the skills she learned.

There are a number of different features you can highlight in these words. Breaking words down by common patterns helps your students learn them so much faster. Rather than sounding out every letter, each student can connect familiar sounds to create a word.

Common blends: bl, br, sl, sp, cl, cr, dr, spl, ch, sh, wh, see more

Common word families: at, an, ap, all, et, ell, en, est, er, ail, ale, see more

To help your distance learner understand more about reading basics, download our FREE emergent reader.


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That’s all for now. Hoping you’re staying safe and having fun with learning!

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