Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Homeschooling Notes: Starting to Read

I used to set up a Sight Words Wall, more of a fridge actually. I put up short words (consonant-vowel-consonant) where the little one can see and "read" often. She can't really read them yet, though she can make the letter sounds already. The wall looks something like this:
 But it always ends up like this:
She would say the sounds of each letter correctly then reads the entire set of letters as "dinosaur".  Ppppfff. I stopped making the wall because it is more difficult to unlearn reading those letters (and other set of letters) as "dinosaur". We can learn reading some other time anyway.

So I gave it a try again a few days ago at this sight reading and CVCs but using a different approach.
DIY CVCs flashcards
We even tried "making" the words and when the little one is in the mood, even write the words down on paper.
stamping on clay
I must say, this has been quite effective. The little one has read her first word last night. Initially just saying the letter sounds then eventually combined all the sounds to make the word. And her Dad was there to see and hear it. We are one proud parents.

I have to be really more creative, innovative and flexible at this homeschooling thing. Some things work and some things will work eventually. :)

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