Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I am an ordinary parent.

I used to think that teaching a child how to read would be pretty easy... until it came time to teach J.  At first, it was easy... until we got to words that were more than three letters. Then we struggled.  I started teaching J to read when she was 5, she only just started reading well last year at age 8.  Even now she doesn`t really enjoy reading.  That makes me sad because I really wanted her to have a love for reading.

 So when it came time for T to learn to read, I decided to look for something else to help me teach him.    I saw a glowing review for a book by Jessie Wise and  Sara Buffington called "The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading"  I decided to order it thinking it was a book to read for me to help me understand how to teach.  When it arrived, I was surprised to find that it had actual lessons in it.  We started it with T this fall and actually stopped the rest of his work to spend more time on learning to read for a month before christmas.  I can't express how much this book has helped me and him.  He is progressing so well and his having a foundation in reading is helping with his other schoolwork.  I actually wish that I had started this book earlier for him. 

The book has 230 lessons.  Each lesson takes at most 10 minutes to complete.  Depending of course on the mood that he is in that day.  The lessons are short and to the point.  It quickly reviews the last few things that were taught and then moves on to new material.  I've learned things from this book that I don't remember learning!

"I" is 4.  He's been working on a preschool book this year.  He now knows all his letters and most of the sound that go with those letters.  He finishes his book this week and I have decided to start his kindergarten year early.  I'm going to teach him to read this year so that when he gets to grade one, he won't have any trouble.  I am so thankful for this book and glad I found it.  If you homeschool or if you just want your child to have a good foundation in reading before heading off to school then I would highly recommend trying this book.

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