|Originally posted by peggy
1) I would have thought that letter recognition would have been the first place to start.
2) Did I read you correctly? Am I not to teach the "letters" or just not to teach the sounds associated with them?
3) Does it set her back that she already knows most of her letters and some sounds? (pre-school)
1) Yes, though pointing to words you know she'd like to read, for her to read is not going to damage her
I'd stay away from the "OK darling, whats this, and this and all together cat! Great job!"
This is undertaken by people who fear that their children need the love candy because the kids may not want to do it. Children will make towering effort, regardless of our mutterings. Having said that, if the child does something of their own volition, and it really does surprise you, "Wow" fits.
2) Yeah! Don't teach letter names. Only the sounds. I can't remember the exact figures now, but it runs along these lines . . .
Out of the first 300 words a native child learns, 287 or so are of German origin, as opposed to latin / bastard French, which means they are easy and simple like "hard" instead of "difficult".
After the basic phenomes come the "combos", then the "rules". All the other stuff will just be picked up naturally.
3) I work in an extreme environment, where small errors in teaching meathod show up quickly or are magnified as problems in the long run. The normal environment that native children use to self-correct does not exist, so the essence has to be administered. Teaching the names of the letters will not help. Your environment is not as extreme as the one I teach in, so the danger of "har" is significantly reduced. You will not be able to prevent your child from learning the ABC anyway, so don't waste rime doing it.
I should write more about this, but I have to go to bed.
Thanks so much for your input.
you're welcome, look forward to our next encounter.