Free Resources for Learning to Read

In our library you will find activity worksheets, checklists, CVC words lists, nursery rhymes and more! All of these materials are based on modern scientific  principles for teaching children to read.

You can download these resources completely for FREE!

And if you are for comprehensive reading programs / apps /tools, check our  recommendations below! (Note: some might be paid tools or programs, but we only recommended them if we find them truly valuable)

Is there something that you are specifically looking for and you can’t find? Contact us! We will work towards making it available for you asap!
Free Reading Worksheets Based on PHONICS and Phonemic Awareness Principles
Reading Worksheets - Based on Phonics and Phonemic Awareness

VERY Effective and FUN Activity Worksheets based on Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Principles! Blending and segmenting, addition and deletion of phonemes…

Reading Readiness Checklist. Find out if your child is ready to start learning to read instruction!
Reading Readiness Checklist

Wondering if your child ready for reading instruction? Get clarity on the specific cues that tell you when your child is ready for learning to read! 

Handy List of CVC Words

CVC words follow the most basic English structure. These words follow a regular pattern and  can be easily sounded out!  Great for early readers and to consolidate phonics knowlege!

A - Z Alphabet Worksheets!
Alphabet Worksheets

Fun, beautiful and engaging activity worksheets to help your child develop letter recognition and learn to trace letters! Practice and learn letters both in upper and lower case! 

Nursery Rhymes Ebook

Have you noticed that children love rhymes? Have you ever wondered why? That natural predisposition to rhymes has to do with the HUGE benefits they have on their cognitive development. Reading nursery rhymes is an excellent way to encourage Phonemic and Phonological Awareness from an early age.

44 English Sounds Chart
The 44 English Sounds

Did you know that in English we have 26 letters to represent 44 sounds? To make up for those extra sounds we use letter combination sounds, such us C+H or S+H. Are you familiar with those sounds and how they are represented? This chart is your go-to tool! 

Learning Short & Long Vowels Sounds!
Short vs short vowel sounds

Posters and flashcards to assist your child when learning about the 2 different sounds that vowels can make (long and short sounds). E.g. Short sound for a is /a/, as in the word “apple.” Long sound for a is its letter name, as in “cake.”

Practicing the Alphabet Exercises

These beautiful worksheets are also extremely comprehensive! Use them as a review for beginner readers!  Matching letters, missing letters, circle the letters, dot-to-dot, color by letter codes activities, and many more!

GOLDEN DOCUMENT for Understanding High-Frequency Words!!
Golden Document for Understanding High Frequency Words

I created this document to understand high- frequency words myself and for teaching them to my daughter. I now realize how valuable this document is! The 220 Dolch High Frequency Words classified by Decodable Phonetically / Non – Decodable, classified by difficulty and  more!!

Hard G / Soft G Word Lists! Practice the 2 sounds of the letter G!

This is one of these phonics rules that work like magic. Once you know the rule, it works almost 100% of the time! However -as everything- it takes practice to master it , and there are a few nuances to the rule that are normally not discussed or talked about! These Hard G and Soft G covers it all!

The Best Learn to Read Programs Report!

Are you looking for Reading Program? We know how overwhelming this can be! There are just so many and it gets really confusing! Our  Best Learn to Read to read programs report will give all the details you need to make an informed decision.
Don’t forget to also check this article! 

The Very Long Alphabet Caterpillar

Download to play this fun literacy and numeracy board game. We decided to call it: The Very Long Alphabet Caterpillar. Perfect for review while having fun You’ll just need this board, one chip and one dice per player. The winner is the player that gets to the end first!

Race-to-the-Ice-Cream Board Game

Say each sound on the board as you try to the ice cream as fast as you can. If you make a mistake, start again. How many tries did you need?

The Sounds Spinning Wheel

Target 4 different sounds.  Spin the wheel. Say the sound and find a word containing that sound. Read the word, and color in the box.

Initial Sounds Bingo Game

Say each sound on the board as you try to the ice cream as fast as you can. If you make a mistake, start again. How many tries did you need?

Initial Consonant Blends Word List

From CVC words to CCVC words! Get your child to practice reading words with  more complex word structures, containing consonant clusters (or blends). 

What’s the Missing Letter Worksheets

Get your child or student to say the word out loud, and add the missing letter on the blank space!  This activity is a lot of fun, and really helps out practice and develop lots of literacy skills at the same time (from Phonemic Awareness to spelling skills!)

Phonics Scope and Sequence

When it comes to picking your scope and sequence, there is no such thing as “the right order,” but our scope and sequence has taken into consideration 5 KEY factors, so the order of introduction is logic, gradual and doesn’t have instruction gaps.

R-Controlled Syllable Words (AKA “BOSSY R”)

Master words with R-controlled syllables! 

This handy word list contains lots words with “bossy R’s” in them, classified by type:  “ar”, “or”, “er, ir, ur”. 

The word list also includes some common exceptions to the rule!

Long a word List

Want to master the long a sound or create your own materials to teach the long a sound? Look no further than this!

 This word list gives you lots of examples of words containing the long a sound, classified by spelling pattern!

Schwa Sound COMPREHENSIVE Word List!

A super comprehensive SCHWA sound word list classified by schwa sound position (initial/medial/final syllable) and by spelling pattern! Presenting words with similar patterns can help children make connections and have realizations, improving word and concept retention.

An incredible resource for teaching reading! 


Continuous/Stop Sounds Cheat List!

Our cheat-list of continuous and stop sounds! 

Do you want to try continuous blending? This is a great strategy for children who are at the start of  their journey of learning to read or for struggling readers.

 Strategically pick words that start with a continuous sound! 

Phonics Spelling Dictionary (Long Vowel Sounds)

Create your own phonics dictionary with this template!

Record the spellings of words with long vowel sounds.

This color-coded dictionary will help your student  identify spelling alternatives for specific sounds. Record words, explore meanings, practice and fix spellings for good!

Main Styles/Categories in Literacy Curriculums Report

Confused with all the different styles in Literacy Curriculums? 

This report explains, in very simple terms, the different styles to teaching reading in Homeschool Reading Curriculums (+ get a handy list of programs for each category) 

Understand your options and pick the best one for you!


FREE and PAID Reading Programs / External Resources

Our recommendations are picked according to the following criteria: effectiveness, based on sound modern science and shouldn’t break the bank!

Children Learning Reading is a comprehensive reading program  created by a veteran literacy teacher based in Canada. 

This program follows a very unique approach that has proven to be very effective… I actually tried this system of teaching reading with my daughter, and I can vouch for it.

It combines both Synthetic Phonics and Phonemic Awareness principles, with great focus on the latest.  Many parents that had tried other systems and approaches before (including myself)  finally got good results with this program.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is not computer-based or an app (which, in my opinion, is an advantage!).

Price: You get immediate access to the materials after a one- time paymentof approx. US$70, and comes with a 60 day-money-back guarantee. I think it also offers a 14 days-trial for US$7.

If insterested, check my  full video review of this program here.

Teach your monster to read is a fantastic game based on phonics. Really helpful for complementing phonics instruction  in a fun way. This game follows the recommended phonics curriculum across schools in England and Wales. It has been created by the Usborne foundation in collaboration with some leading academics. It is free to use on a PC, but requires payment if you prefer to use the app version.

The Reading Bear’s contains free lessons for learning to reading using phonics. The materials are well-made, and for a free site, it is really quite comprehensive and throughout!
However, in our opinion, it assumes the children already knows certain basics, so I would start using this site if the child has truly developed phonemic awareness and knows about consonants and their sounds. It also lacks of certain explanations to peculiarities and exceptions, and can move too quickly for some children.
But, all in all, a helpful tool to take into consideration, especially taking into account that it is free!
The site is part of the WatchKnowLearn foundation, and was developed by Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia.

Live Practice Worksheets!

initial sounds in words
which vowel can you hear?
Sh Sound vs Ch sound