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Help a Child to Read has resources to help with each step of the Reading Sequence.  Each resource is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.

GET READY TO READ
Pre-Reading Skills Practice
Just print and practice. Includes a flip chart of visuals and several hands-on ways to practice ready-to-read skills.

BEGIN TO SOUND OUT CVC WORDS
CVC Words No-Prep Binder
Just print and read binder. A great choice if you don't have a lot of time for preparation.

CVC Words Engaging Activities
MOVE BEYOND CVC WORDS

Beyond CVC Words No-Prep Binder
Just print and read binder. A great choice if you don't have a lot of time for preparation

Beyond CVC Engaging Activities
A variety of engaging hands-on ways to practice reading beyond CVC words. Some preparation required.

START ON VOWEL PATTERNS

Vowel Patterns No-Prep Binder
Great for children who are starting to read short chapter books, but still need mini-lessons on struggling words.

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