I also am getting the alphatales reading system for my 3 yo son who wants to read, but I wanted to start slower with due to his age. We are also waiting for the BOB books from amazon. I hear great things about them. I also got the phonics workbook for K from singapore math. It is really good, but a bit too slow and my dd is way above it already. We do a letter a week for intense study and writing practice. But I have been doing it alphabetically, and I think that I am going to start doing it in the way that the book: Reading Success has set out. I forget the author, but I got it at the library, and I copied the workpages for my kids and it is very in depth. I got book 1, and we will progress to book 2 later. It is set up for kids with LD or other reading problems, but how it is set up and works seems perfect for young readers. Good luck!
AP Mom to 5
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Originally Posted by Milkymommi
Not all that fancy but after several other failed curriculum attempts we have found WONDERFUL results with Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons. I think when your child is ready it's an amazing tool. I just can't believe how well it works and with just a short 15 minute lesson each day. I whole heartedly recommend it.
I will say that my ds was not intrested in reading AT ALL. He just didn't want to do the lessons. I pretty much bribed him into it, now he is excited to do them. I think he was a little scared that it would be hard then he found out that he was actually reading and was very excited.
My girls learned to read at 4 and 3, respectively. My SIL who is using the "reading lesson" approach (with a very popular tool) is having no luck with her 5 y/o. There should be no stress with learning to read - for the parent and for the child. Our unschool approach to reading works very well, I think. Just an idea.
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This subject is a sensitive one for me, as my oldest attended school for a few years. When he wasn't reading when they felt he should be, all kinds of extra practice, drill, remediation and other "help" was used. He went from a preschooler who absolutely ADORED being read to, to a kid who HATED reading. It took years, literally, before he discovered a love of reading.
Dd was not taught to read. We read, often, to her and she began reading on her own at 5, moving on to chapter books and everything else a few months later.
That said, this is what's going on with my 5 y/o. We do these things at his request--it's not something I have mapped out for him.
I'm reading, a LOT, to him. He memorizes some simpler books and "reads" them to me, but he's quick to point out that he's only "'membering in my brain" what the story is, and not reading each word.
He likes to write and will often copy words from a book and then ask me what he wrote. When he asks what a sign says, I tell him. Sometimes I run my finger under words as I read them, but usually he tells me to stop--for some reason that bothers him. We play some oral word games--listing all the words we can think of that start with a certain sound, or finding rhymes. He loves poetry that rhymes, so we read that. We have letter tiles, so sometimes I'll spell out something like, "_at" and he'll put different letters in front of that and ask me what it says.
We don't do these things every day (well, except for reading to him) they're just games that we play because he likes them.
Some kids will read at the age of 4, others will read much later. It's important to me that he's enjoying what he's doing. I'd much rather have a "late" reader who's in love with books than an early one who thinks of it as a chore.
Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) and .
That said, there is an awful lot you can do to encourage her to regard letters and reading as interesting, fun things.
First, read to her. A lot - and all kinds of things. Fiction, non-fiction, board books, poems, chapter books (even things you think might be a little much for her now - my four year old adored adored adored The Swiss Family Robinson and I'm sure that there were large swaths that he didn't quite get).
We did lots of letter games, too. You know those magnetic boards with the alphabet magnets - I think Melissa and Doug makes them? We played games about sounding out the letters, mixing up the letters to make different words (H-A-T, C-A-T, S-A-T, B-A-T and so on). We made letters out of play clay "ropes", words out of (uncooked) alphabet noodles and so on.
After a while, I started using Explode the Code to help put it all together. We started slow, maybe two or three "questions" at a time. Over time, between the book and the games something "clicked" - I'd say he was maybe three or four months past his fourth birthday when it call came together. Now, at nearly five we're just about to start ETC book 3 and he's reading nicely - nothing too complicated, mind you, but well and happily. He still likes being read to and we're happy to oblige and the real payoff is seeing how thrilled he is to be able to read to his baby sister and play those same letter games with her that we had played with him.
my kids and i all hated 100 easy lessons. too confusing!
some of my kids love to read and some hate it yet they all learned the same way. go figure!!
1. Reading to my kids a lot.
2. They like to watch "The Letter Factory" movie by Leap Frog.
3. My 4yo likes to do alphabet activities like puzzles, workbooks, etc and asks for them.
I'm considering giving the kids "The Word Factory" for Christmas, but I really didn't want my oldest to have too much reading input from me until she was five. I want her to spend lots of time learning other things at this age. I"ve asked her if she wants me to teach her to read, and so far she's said no, but I can see it coming soon. She loves to have me help her write letters to G'ma and G'pa and asks me to write out sentences so she can copy them.
Anyway, what I didn't like about the Bob books was that, once I read them, he knew what the words said. So, he would "read" it the second time when, in fact, he was simply reciting what I had just read. The easy memorization of the simple text took away from the phonics initiative. Also, the pictures allow you to guess what the words said. I didn't, personally, find them to be very useful.
I liked the Between the Lions book for parents, even though it goes on about school a great deal, because it breaks the stages down, gives great ideas and kind of levels expectations (e.g. what can the typical 4 yo really be expected to do?). It was very comprehensive.
Now, the only thing we're doing to learn reading is we're reading for pleasure and comprhension. After reading Jim Trelease's, "Read-Aloud Handbook" and talking to early readers who were not self-taught, I believe that many children/people come to dislike reading and see it as work or something to suffer through. I want to reinforce the idea that reading is really fun. So, I read lots of books to the kids, from picture books to chpt books, whatever is fun. Additionally, my son's comprehension is pretty high, I think. We talk a lot about the stories, define new words, etc. I think that 99% of people eventually figure out how to break the reading code at some point; then, enjoyment and comprehension is what becomes important.
Just my two cents. HTH!
I don't think there's anything wrong with not wanting your kid to read *very* late, because I've seen kids get very stuck when they learn late. We just don't live in a vacuum, and they do compare themselves to others.
But please understand - when I say late, I'm talking about 10-11 years old. Reading at 8 or 9 is developmentally fine, and not unusual among very intelligent homeschooled kids. IMO Four is simply too young for some brains to manage reading.
If the OPs daughter finds it enjoyable, I recommend the games in the books by Peggy Kaye. I think some of her ideas are really fantastic.
Also, Carol's Home-ed Mag answer is great (she's a friend, lucky me).
Originally Posted by benjalo
IMO Four is simply too young for some brains to manage reading.
Originally Posted by LeftField
Anyway, what I didn't like about the Bob books was that, once I read them, he knew what the words said. So, he would "read" it the second time when, in fact, he was simply reciting what I had just read.
Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) and .
She is really excited about learning to read right now. If she gets tired of it, I will stop.
Reading to them is the best! I think this is how dd learned to read, and the 100 lessons book was good practice.
1. having books in baskets available in each room of the house,
2. reading aloud to her everyday whenever she wants
3. creating a "language rich" environment through storytelling, CDs with stories and music (right now her favorite is Ladysmith Black Mombazo The Gift of the Tortoise ), making up silly songs
4. reading poetry
5. reading the newspaper and books so that she sees me reading
6. cooking together using recipes
I truly believe that a home filled with language through books and music and storytelling will be the best way for her to develop a love of reading. That will be her base, and then as she is interested and when she asks me, I point out letters and their sounds. I will go totally at her pace, not mine.
I read to them alot. Anything and everything. I leave books everywhere. My older guys have both learned to read around 5 or 6. My eight year old has been reading at an adult level since about six months after he learned to read. My 7 year old is devouring chapter books. I dont feel it is a skill i need to teach. We never did phonics or lessons in really any way. We did the BOB books, we read them a few times, but they are so boring that we stopped. My littlest guy is doing a lot of coputer games, Jump Start and whatnot, he is 4 and is starting to get it
My 4-year-old is my first "from scratch" homeschooler, and I worried about teaching him to read. He loves doing his "school" work, but knowing how much my older ones struggled in school to read at an early age, I am being way laid back with him. When he wants he works in Ready for the Code, a pre-primer for Explode the Code, to teach him the alphabet sounds. He also has some shape and color books picked up at Wal-mart for 99 cents. And he is surrounded by people who read.
I was given a copy of 100 Easy Lessons and it looks straight forward enough, but I have not started using it, and probably won't for a while.
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