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Back to School Read Alouds



One of my favorite times of the school year is back to school time. I love being able to make a book

come alive for a little one! That means voices, theatrics, and everything! I usually begin the year with

reading for enjoyment, and introducing concepts of print. Then I dive a little deeper into a book, and 

I begin to lay those foundational skills for comprehension. This takes a lot of continuous modeling,

but it's so worth it!

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Kevin Knows the Rules

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

Kevin Knows the Rules is a book that was unknown to me before last year. My sweet friend Keri

introduced this book to me, and I couldn't believe that I hadn't heard of it before. Any book about

rules and procedures in a classroom and I'm sold! I love how it shows Kevin actually obeying the

rules, so it is a model for the students to look at. This is a great place to discuss how we as the 

readers actually know that Kevin is following the rules!

The Little School Bus 

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

Some of you might recognize this gem of a book if you were fortunate enough to come across a

certain reading program. It is absolutely hilarious and I will never part with it! It has a fun story,

and repeating text. I love looking at the pictures because they tell another story! Your students can 

practice rhymes and learn about characters and setting as well as sequence story events with The 

Little School Bus

The Recess Queen 

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

Mean Jean and Katie Sue are the best literary pair this century. The Recess Queen is the perfect

book for discussing appropriate behaviors on the playground, as well as how we should and 

should not treat every person that we come across. With this book we focus on characters and 

setting of the story, as well as specific character traits for Mean Jean and Katie Sue.

What I Like About Me

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

The children that are featured in What I Like About Me are as different as can be, and they are proud

to show off what makes them unique. The focus for this book is to introduce characters and settings,

and provides an opportunity for students to focus on what makes us all unique. In addition to writing

pages, students can also create a craft.


Each resource contains headers that can be used to create anchor charts and each book companion

contains a craft as well. You can find the book companions here, and you can grab the books from




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What is Phonological Awareness?

Students who are phonologically aware are at a great launching point to become great readers! So what's the difference between this, phonemic awareness and phonics?

There are so many terms that are used in education, it can definitely be overwhelming! A lot of times

they are used interchangeably (incorrectly so), and that adds to the confusion. We hear the words

phonics, phonemic awareness and phonological awareness thrown out there, but what do they

mean? Let's dive in!

What is Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness is like an umbrella term that covers the others. It is all about the sounds of

the spoken language. We must be sure that we don't confuse that with the word auditory. When we

talk about the word auditory, that means all of the sounds that are heard. Phonological means only

the sounds of the spoken language.

Students who are phonologically aware are at a great launching point to become great readers! So what's the difference between this, phonemic awareness and phonics?

When students have phonological awareness, that means that not only can they recognize different

sounds of spoken words, but they can also manipulate the sound parts of spoken words. This

includes phonemes (the individual sounds in a language), rhyming parts, alliteration, initial, medial,

final sounds as well as syllables, etc.

What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is a type of phonological awareness. Phonemes are the smallest unit of sound

in spoken words. They are the smallest parts of oral words. When a child shows phonemic 

awareness, they are able to not only recognize but manipulate all of the individual phonemes in a 

word. It is important to remember that this has nothing to do with letters, not directly at least. 

Phonemic awareness is something that you can do with your eyes closed. 

Students who are phonologically aware are at a great launching point to become great readers! So what's the difference between this, phonemic awareness and phonics?


Students must have a very strong understanding of the spoken language before they will ever

understand the written language. Before they can identify the letter that makes a sound, they have

to first hear the sound. It is only when they hear the sound, that they'll be able to reproduce the

sounds that they hear, know the positions of the sounds, and then manipulate the sounds.

What is Phonics?

Phonics is all about the printed language. This is when letters are introduced, and the sounds that

are represented by those letters are discussed. It is during this time that students are introduced

to the alphabetic principle. They learn that the letters stand for sounds, and they begin to recognize

letters in all of the different forms (capital, lowercase, different fonts, etc.). They also begin to

visually discriminate between letters that look similar.

Phonological Awareness


Phonics is a skill that is done with your eyes open because it deals with visual input. Phonics

instruction helps students to be able to decode (read) words. This is important for encoding

(spelling) later on.


Research has shown that a child's level of phonological awareness when they reach the end of

kindergarten is a strong predictor of their future success in reading. When they are phonologically

aware, they are positioned to become great readers. When there is a focus on phonological

awareness, we can directly prevent reading problems. If a student comes to us with a phonological

deficit, then we can definitely address it!



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