The Skill Sharpeners series has quickly become a favorite homeschooling supplement in my house. My almost 5 year old especially loves her Skill Sharpeners activity books. When I had the opportunity to review Skill Sharpeners Reading, I knew my almost kindergartener would benefit from additional reading practice and would love another activity book. I looked through the sample pages on Evan-Moor’s website to determine the best grade level to match her current skill levels. The kindergarten book seemed like it would be a perfect fit for practicing beginning decoding skills. I received a complementary copy of the Skill Sharpeners Reading Activity Book, Grade K in exchange for this review.
Overview of the Skill Sharpeners Reading Activity Book
The Skill Sharpeners Reading Activity Book, Grade K provides fun practice pages on foundational reading skills including:
- phonological awareness
- Phonics and word analysis
In addition to reading skills, visual discrimination and fine motor skills are also practiced.
There are 26 units to cover each letter of the alphabet. Each unit begins with a simple story followed by practice pages addressing the aforementioned reading skill areas.
Sample Pages for Skill Areas
Unit Story and Fluency
This sample is the story from the 3rd unit. Later on, one story included a note about having the child practice fluency by reading the questions in the story with inflection. Fluency can also be improved by repeated reading.
Phonolocial Awareness, Phonics, and Word Analysis
My daughter had a lot of fun with this page. I love the pages that include drawing as I find it fascinating to see how children interpret the world through art.
Fine Motor Skills
Benefits of the Skill Sharpeners Reading Book
Full Color Fun
My daughter has absolutely loved her Skill Sharpeners activity books that she has tried in the past and this Level K reading one meets her expectations. The pages have such a great layout, beautiful colors, and a variety of activities to maintain her interest. She just loves completing her activity book and looks forward to it each day.
Content includes Essential Reading Skills and is Aligned with Standards for Education
The high quality standards based content in this book allows my daughter to practicing essential reading skills while having fun. This is not just a fun activity book, but a high quality curriculum supplement.
Sometimes I feel like I spend my entire day homeschooling. Really, I don’t have much additional time for anything else, including preparing lessons. So, an open-and-go curriculum product is something I rely on for a successful homeschooling day. I love that the entire Skill Sharpeners Activity book series is so easy to use and requires absolutely no prep time on my part. We pull out our basic supplies (e.g., scissors, glue, and crayons) and we are ready to go.
Great for Independent Work
Since I homeschool multiple children, I love the idea of having practice activities that they can do own their own. Skill Sharpeners Reading has been a great fit for my beginning reader to practice reading skills. Once we read the story, she can do the activity pages on her own. On some pages, I need to read the directions, but for the most part, my child is able to use this book independently while I work with her siblings.
Final Recommendation on the Skill Sharpeners Reading Activity Book
The Skill Sharpeners Reading Activity book, Grade K has been a perfect way for my new reader to practice her decoding and comprehension skills through fun activities. I highly recommend using this activity book with your children. The Skill Sharpeners Reading Activity books are available for grades Pre-K to 6, so you can find one that is a good fit for any elementary or preschool aged child.
CLICK HERE to read my review of Skill Sharpeners Reading for grade 2.