Have you considered teaching your 2 or 3 year old to read? Not sight words, but learning the fundamentals of reading? Or, do you need to help your child read at his/her level? According to this program, you may be able to and it might not be as stressful as you might think!
I was given a copy of Children Learning Reading to read through, try, and review.
I’m initially fascinated by this book as it finds specific research and uses personal examples of how you may effectively teach even a young child to read at an early age. The idea is to use Phonemic Awareness, not simply sight words.
Phonemic Awareness, according to the book, is the ability to recognize that each letter makes a sound. One of the methods suggested to bring phonics awareness is Oral blending, where you say each letter sound in a word. Little did I know, we were already practicing this with our 25 month old for words she had a harder time saying. It’s greatly improved her ability to speak and I’m so happy to have found a book that is backing up something we began doing naturally!
Taking on one of the early concepts of the book, I started practicing during reading times by slowly sounding out short words at random. What I’ve noticed is that my daughter will pay more attention to those words when I’m reading and then immediately tries to repeat what I’ve said (often without prompting). Since it’s grabbing her attention, she’s starting to try to say some words that she didn’t before.
What do I like about this book?
* Before starting the first lesson, you’re given an approximate idea of how long you can plan to spend on lessons
* Gives a general idea of how much time you need to commit to each lesson, how many times per day, and for how many days before moving on to the next lesson.
* Explains what difficulties you may run into
* Allows you to determine the pace to set for yourself and your child, but reminds you that it’s essential that your child master the lesson before proceeding.
* Reminds you that the process requires patience.
If there’s anything I didn’t care for about this book, it’s that getting to the first lessons took quite some time. The introductions, experiences, conveying research, and explaining techniques was quite lengthy. At times, I felt as though the author was a bit redundant.
When I finally reached the lessons, I found them simple to understand as the author explained clearly the methods in which to follow. Since we’ve been practicing letter sounds and blending orally for speaking purposes successfully, I’m pretty confident that this program will help to teach my daughter to read.
If you’re interested in the program, check the website at http://www.childrenlearningreading.org/.
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