Preschool Reading

preschool reading activities

Preschool reading activities for homeschool or classroom, parents or teachers. Topics covered include seasonal and holiday book lists, picture book reviews, chapter books for preschool recommendations, BOB books free printables, favorite curriculum reviews, reading strategies to use with beginning readers, how to set up your house to encourage reading, go-along book activities, games, hands-on activities to teach letters, ideas for teaching names, sight words activities, tips for getting your kids to love reading, & more! 

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DIY Lego Reading Rods
Yesterday during nap time, I repurposed some of our many Duplo blocks -- you know, the big Lego bricks made[...]
BFIAR: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
(This post is currently incomplete and will be added to as we complete more days of "rowing" but I wanted[...]
30 Favorite Children’s Book Authors
We *love* to read at our house and I think it is one of the most important things you can[...]
100 Word Challenge & a Sticker Chart
Luke, who turned 4 in February, is beginning to learn to read.  He has ALWAYS loved books and will spend[...]
Book of the Day: Owl Moon
Owl Moonby Jane YolenThe story is about the first time a young girl gets to go owling (which just means looking[...]
Our Favorite Picture Books: Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemumby Kevin HenkesThis picture book is adorable, and while you might think it sounds and looks girly, I have to[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers #2: Winnie-the-Pooh
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Why I Love All About Reading’s Pre-Reading Program for Preschoolers #giveaway
We have been using the pre-reading level of All About Reading for several weeks now and we LOVE it!  I[...]
Book of the Day: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
We're Going on a Bear Huntby Helen Oxenbury and Michael RosenThis is one of Luke's favorites!  At first, he was[...]
A Day with All About Reading
We are thrilled to be reviewing the (pre) reading program All About Reading Level Pre-1.  If you missed my previous[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 3 Dot
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!Here are the FREE Printables for[...]
Lenten Plan 2012: Reading the Whole Jesus Storybook Bible in 44 Days
As part of Our Preschool Plan for Lent, we are reading the entire Jesus Storybook Bible in 44 days.  It[...]
Blueberry Banana Muffins: Baking and Book Making
This past week the kids and I did 3 themed learning activities involving blueberry banana muffins!  Yum!  We baked together,[...]
FREE BOB Books worksheets Set 1, Book 12
The final set of free BOB Books worksheets for Set 1 are here!  These printable packs go along with Book[...]
FREE printables for BOB Books Set 1 Book 8: Muff and Ruff
For more great BOB Books go-along activities and printables, be sure to follow my BOB Books Pinterest board!Here are the[...]
An Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Game
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!This[...]
Help! My child doesn’t like books! — 25 Ideas to get your little one to love reading
I've been asked on multiple occasions what to do in a situation where a child doesn't seem to like books, so I thought I'd[...]
LEGO Magazine: FREE!
If your child likes Lego, you can sign them up here to get Lego magazine for 2 years for FREE![...]
"I Can Spell My Name" Hopscotch Game
Here's a variation of hopscotch we play to help the kids learn to spell their names.  I briefly highlighted the[...]
Before Five in a Row: Pinterest Style!
Update: All the Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row book boards are now combined into this[...]
Reading Strategy Tip #2: Encourage Story-Telling Through Play
This is a series of posts about reading strategies I model and use with my own children--Luke, who just turned[...]
Thanksgiving Books for Kids
It is already November and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here!  This list shares some of our favorite[...]
Our Favorite Christmas Books: Part One
We have been reading and enjoying TONS of Christmas books for toddler and preschool aged kids this holiday season!  I[...]
Chapter Books for Preschool
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books with kids and what chapter books to start[...]
Do preschoolers understand chapter books?
That's a tough question.I've read a fair number of chapter books to L&L so far.  We started when Luke was[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 1 Mat and Book 2 Sam
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!I am over the moon excited[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 4 Mac
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!Here are the FREE Printables for[...]
WeGiveBooks: Read a book. Give a book.
Recently we found this really awesome website: WeGiveBooks.  The tag line of the site is "Read a book.  Give a[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: The Mouse & The Motorcycle
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Pete the Cat Sensory Walk
Have you read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes yet?  It's a favorite around here!Head over to our guest[...]
BOB Books Printables for Set 1, Book 11: Lad and the Fat Cat
Here are the FREE BOB Books Printables for Set 1, Book 11: Lad and the Fat Cat!  This is the[...]
Creating Comfy Reading Spaces: DIY Rain Gutter Book Shelf for Kid’s Beds
We put up a vinyl rain gutter book shelf along the wall of Luke's twin loft bed about a year[...]
Peter Rabbit Small World Book Play
My kids and I are huge fans of classic stories.  The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are some of our[...]
Halloween & Fall Master Book Lists for Kids
With Autumn being in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, here are some great fiction, nonfiction, and poetry[...]
A "Batty" Pocket Chart Poem: Teach Rhyme using Kids’ Names and other Pocket Chart Tips!
The kids and I really enjoy doing a calendar time as part of our home preschool routine.  Often this practice[...]
Printable Homework and Morning Work – and how I’m using it in my kindergarten homeschool!
This past year I have been doing kindergarten homeschool with my oldest child, who just turned 6. By mid-year, his[...]
L&L’s Nursery Rhyme Books
‎"Children who have lived in book-filled homes prior to going to school are known to be scholastically advantaged for the[...]
Our Favorite Christmas Books: Part Two
We have been enjoying TONS of Christmas books this holiday season, so I thought it'd be nice to share the[...]
If you could only have ONE children’s picture book…
...I'd highly suggest it be this one:The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury:Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloudselected by[...]
Free BOB Books Printables: Books 1-6
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or get posts in your email today!The FREE BOB[...]
Books + Creativity on Tuesday Tots #linky
This past week I was impressed with some really creative book posts shared on Tuesday Tots!  If you missed the[...]
Book of the Day: Is Your Mama a Llama?
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarinoillustrated by Steven KelloggThis one was recommended while I was taking education courses[...]
Books on the Cheap
While I am preparing posts about our ginormous Christmas book collection, I thought it'd be a good time to share[...]
Reading Strategy Tip #1: Making Real-Life Connections
This is the first in a series of posts about reading strategies I model and use with my own children--Luke,[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 6: Dot and the Dog
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!FREE BOB Books Printable Pack for[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
A Pre-Reading Curriculum for Preschool
In the past two months or so, I have researched LOTS of different options for teaching letters, sounds, rhyme, etc. to[...]
Strategies to Use When Reading with a Child
I think reading is one of the most important things you can do with your toddler or preschooler...or infant...or school-aged[...]
Make Your Own Reading Rods using Lego Duplo Blocks
If you have a beginning reader, you can make your own reading rods for some word play fun!  Read all[...]
Our 25 MOST Favorite Picture Books
Something about the number 25 is appealing to me right now, so I thought I'd share with you another "25"[...]
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Bath
Welcome to this week's Alphabet edition of Wash & Learn!  After you read about our alphabet bath, be sure to[...]
Calling All Dr. Seuss Fans! — Seussical the Musical!
The Monday Musical series is a weekly feature on the blog each Monday.  It details the musical we listened to the[...]
7 Activities to Play & Learn Letters
Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a[...]
Our Favorite Picture Books
  These are some of our favorite picture books (in alphabetical order).  By favorite, I mean we've read them minimally[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Charlotte’s Web
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Creating Comfy Reading Spaces: Our Audio Book Listening Area
An audio book listening station is easy to set up and doesn't take a lot of space.  Plus, a comfy[...]
The Jesus Storybook Bible Reading Plan for Easter 2013
Last year we discovered The Jesus Storybook Bible makes for a perfect read during the season of Lent.  Lent is[...]
BOB Books Printables Jig and Mag Set 1 Book 7
Today I have FREE BOB Books printables to share with you for Set 1, Book 7: Jig and Mag!!  These[...]
{Motivating Moaners and Groaners} Silly Sight Word Sentences!
My 4-1/2 year old son has not enjoyed practicing his sight words very much.  Awhile back, I started a sight[...]
L&L’s Favorite iPad App – Cinderella (currently FREE!)
I found this iPad app -- also available for iPhone / iPod Touch -- by developer One Hundred Robots, titled[...]
Letter of the Day Hand Stamps
We are excited to be guest posting today over at Playdough to Plato.  Be sure to stop by and check[...]
St. Patrick’s Tricky Leprechaun Activity Bath
  This is St. Patrick's Bath Week!!! Brought to you by Bath Activities for Kids and In Lieu of Preschool![...]
Book of the Day: Chalk
Chalk by Bill Thomson (2010)Chalk is a wordless picture book we discovered at the library that I'm now considering buying[...]
Book of the Day: Little Bunny Foo Foo
Little Bunny Foo Foo: Told and Sung by the Good Fairyby Paul Brett JohnsonI posted this on Facebook a month[...]
Printables for BOB Books: 10 Cut-Ups {Set 1, Book 9}
The FREE BOB Books printables for Set 1, Book 9 -- 10 Cut-Ups -- are here!My printables can be downloaded[...]
All About Reading Level 2 — Releasing Sept 28th and 10% Off! #giveaway
All About Reading Level 2 is releasing tomorrow and from September 28 through October 8th, it is 10% off!  While I haven't personally viewed[...]
Printables for BOB Books: Set 1, Book 10 Peg and Ted
The FREE printables to go along with BOB Books for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 10 - Peg and Ted[...]
Creating Comfy Reading Spaces: Reading in Bed
Do you want your child to read more?  Do you wish your child ENJOYED reading?  One way you can help[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Stuart Little
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Runaway Ralph
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers #1: The Magic Tree House series
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
My New Blog: Read it AGAIN, Mommy!
Quite awhile ago -- 2010 in fact -- I started Read it AGAIN, Mommy!, a blog where I intended to[...]

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