Free Online Stories: Each story has a stop button. You can use the stop button to look for high frequency words a child knows, practice reading together, or let a child reread a page on his or her own.
If a child is making a mistake on more than one in twenty words, the story is not at his or her reading level. You can give support by telling a word, helping a child sound a word out, reading at the same time, or encouraging a child to reread from the beginning of a sentence. It is amazing to see what happens when a child rereads a sentence after figuring out one or two words. The child will then combine his letter to sound knowledge with the flow of the sentence.
Are you are using the set of 70 high frequency word flashcards I shared? These stories will give your child an opportunity to practice some words he or she has learned. If you haven't printed the flashcards and want to, visit this link. Find some ways I've shared to introduce, teach, and practice these high frequency words here.
My Suggested Ways to Use These Free Online Stories: These are only suggestions. Please follow your child's lead. You will know if something is too hard. Learning to read can be fun for a child if we push them a little at a time without frustration.
1. Let the story play all the way through the first time. Let a child enjoy the pictures and story at least once before attempting to teach with it.
2. Play the story and stop on all or just a few pages to search for known words. You could practice sounding out some words too.
3. Play the story. Stop on all or just a few pages and reread the page with your child. Try to imitate the expression of the recorded reader as you point under the words.
4. Play the story. Stop on all or just a few pages and let a child reread the page alone.
Practice Reading High Frequency Words with Five Free Online Stories.