Any advice? I have little self esteem in this area. I don't know why. I went to college to be a teacher. I guess I just feel so much pressure. Like if she doesn't learn right it will be all my fault. KWIM?
So I'd say, just do it. Do it for fun, just like you would play a game with her for fun. Do it and follow your daughter's cues. If either you or she is frustrated, stop for a while and pick it up another day.
I'm sure you'll both do great.
I was really nervous about this too but dd is reading pretty well now. It just sorta seems like if you can teach them something so abstract that you are truely capable of teaching them anything. Also hearing them sound out that first word is like watching thier first real step
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Have you ever checked out Headsprout? Your child can do the first five lessons free & it is FUN. My daughter is on lesson 15 & loves it. The only problem I have had is keeping my mouth shut unless she needs me!
The site is www.headsprout.com
Also, have you seen the other thread about learning styles? The title is Kindergarten ideas
I used to tutor literacy before I had kids. Our students started out not reading (or not reading much) and could read on a 4th grade level after an average of 1 1/2 years of tutoring (meeting twice a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at a time). At the time, I wondered what they do all day, year after year, in school.
I think that part of the reason our students did so well is because they were developmental ready, very motivated, and we used good materials.
All kids are ready to read at different ages. Just like walking, there is a huge range in what is "normal." Don't rush it. It is better for the child to be the one pushing, not the mommy. Some kids are ready to read as early as 3 or 4, others not until the 8 or 10. In the long run, it doesn't seem to matter as the kids who start later tend to have a shorter learning curve.
Motivation comes easily to most kids who are read to often and see their parents reading.
There are tons of good materials out there. I don't know anything about the reading instruction included in Oak Meadow, so I can't say anything about it. If it seems to be working good for you guys, then stick with it. If is turns out to be a bad match, there are many other good (and inexpensive) options out there.
My kids are 4 and 5 and enjoy reading the Bob books, working on the Explode the Code work books, and playing with the puzzles in Reading Reflex. They both hated How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 EZ Lessons.
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