Professional Development

July 14, 2015

Reading Tips for the Beginning of the Year

These 3 tips for the beginning of the year are sure to start reading off on the right foot!

The beginning of the school year can seem like a whirl! But in the midst of the chaos, my favorite thing to do is to get to know my students through reading when we get back to school.  Not only does it grab their attention, but I love to help them fall in love with reading early on in the year. Back to school reading is my favorite!!

To help ease the transition and also mark a few things off of the to-do list, I am sharing some reading tips that are great for the beginning of the year.

1. Get to know your students as readers. 

Spend time talking to them about reading. Connect with them. Find those, “Me too!” moments that you can have with them and that other students can have with them, too. They are so powerful for building classroom community!

  • Do you like to read?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • Where do you like to read?
  • Who reads to you at home?

As I do this, I enjoy making an anchor chart to name everyone’s favorite books, too! It hangs in our room and reminds us that we all are readers and love books!

This anchor chart is perfect for the beginning of the year as you conquer back to school reading!

2. Read to them as you teach procedures, guidelines, and expectations! 

These back to school read alouds were favorites in my classroom! I love the tips this teacher provides for reading at the beginning of the school year, too!

At the beginning of the year we read books–lots of books! We read during more than Read Aloud time.  I read to them to teach them about classroom behavior, expectations, being a good friend, and being a good citizen of our school. Here a few of our favorites!

3. Make them feel like readers.  Empower them!

So often my little learners come in and feel so discouraged. When I ask them if they love to read or what they read, so many of them say, “Mrs. Richardson, I can’t read yet.” I LOVE to empower them and make them feel like the little readers they truly are.  

When I learned about the “3 ways to read a book” from The Sisters, I knew my students would benefit greatly from this mini-lesson. I simply teach them that they can read the words, read the pictures, or retell the story.  This is a Daily 5 and CAFE mini-lesson every year in my classroom. It is beyond powerful!

3 Ways to Read a Book Poster

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More Back to School Reading Activities

If you want to be set for back to school reading and activities, I have a few favorites to share with you. These are perfect for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Back to School Read Aloud Activities | Included for each of the 11 books is a detailed lesson plan and two activities that help teach procedures, get to know your students, or teach expectations. There is also an anchor chart idea included for each book, including the pieces necessary to make each chart.

Phonemic Awareness Activities |This resource is meant to help you easily organize your intervention activities and data tracking. You’ll be set from the beginning of the year to the end.

I hope this helps you get a little jump start with reading during the back to school season!  What do you love to do at the beginning of the year as you jump into reading with your little learners?

These 3 tips for the beginning of the year are sure to start reading off on the right foot! There's an anchor chart, ideas for read alouds, and a FREEBIE poster! #beginningoftheyear #readingteacher #kindergarten #firstgrade

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Happy Teaching,



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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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