I printed out a few pages from The Reading Lesson's website a while back. BeanBean got a real kick out of them, but I haven't been able to find the book at the library so..
We have The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading
. I like the strictly phonetic approach, and I think it's a good thing to introduce phonics explicitly to BeanBean in particular, because he is very much a whole-word reader. I'm hoping that by allowing and encouraging him to read in a way that is natural to him (by looking at whole words) while simultaneously introducing explicit phonics to BeanBean, I can allow him to develop a natural love of reading without the drawbacks that I percieve to a strictly whole-word/language approach. Will it work?
Who the heck knows?
There will be no way for me to find out until he's reading fluently.
BeanBean absolutely *adores* memorizing little poems and things... I've been looking for more things to add to his little repertoire.
What a cutie! And, of course, we continue to be obsessed with airplanes. He's also become very interested in human reproduction, and was thrilled to pieces when I brought home "a uterus book!" from the library.
I'm trying to think of ways to incorporate more manipulative use into the Singapore math program, while I try to come up with some money to buy the workbooks that go with the first year (Primary Math 1A & 1B).
I've also been debating about adding a writing program, but I have to try to figure out whether I want to do it to help BeanBean (who does have an easier time solidifying concepts in his mind if he can do something with his hands) or to keep him "ahead" of his sister, who is already showing more interest in writing than BeanBean ever has.
Once I've thoroughly examined my motives, I'll make the decision.
Splendid-- You're so lucky! My library doesn't have the Bob Books.
They might be in the county's system, though.. I may scan for them tomorrow.
Does anyone else have any phonics-based books to recommend for emergent readers?
BeanBean's been reading some Tabby Cat books that I found at the library, but I'm always up for more.