One of the main things we focus on at Sight and Sound Reading is Reading Readiness. Why? Because we want to make sure your little ones are ready to read when they begin our free learn to read program! One skill that children should work on before learning to read (or while learning to read) is holding a pencil correctly and tracing over a line. This helps the child learn how to write letters correctly/practice handwriting. It also helps them with fine motor skills.
One of my favorite stages in baby development is when a baby is starting to learn fine motor skills. If you put a pea or Cheerio in front of the baby, she tries to pick it up with her little fingers. You can watch her concentrate so hard on picking up the little object. She will watch her practice pinching her two fingers together, spending so much care and time trying to improve her new skill. It is my hope that these tracing worksheets will be just as motivating to your little reader. Use a highlighter or crayon or pencil and have your little one practice drawing over the line to help the elf reach Santa. Better yet, have your little one practice these worksheets with all three of those: highlighter, crayon and pencil. Each of those writing tools are different sizes and offer a different challenge to your little one!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.