Teaching reading at home

Jade - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5. She will start kindergarten in the fall. Her Pre-K program has been working with sight words. She knows about 50 or so words. Any suggestions for teaching her reading at home? She is asking us to teach her. I just don't want to teach her something in an incorrect manner that will cause her teachers to have to undo a bad habit.

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Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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The good old original "Hooked on Phonics" program is what I used to teach both my nieces, now 16 & 12, and now my 4.5 year old daughter. It's extremly kid friendly and makes the whole process fun. The cd is set to music for learning letter sounds and it walks them through step by step on each sound combination. It comes with a progress chart and stickers for each story and "hop" book they read. She is also entering kindergarten in the fall and she can now read over 200 words! They sell it at Target in the kids book/workbook section.

Christine - posted on 04/21/2009

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Usborne publishing (consultants do home shows, sell to libraries, etc) has a series of books organized into a reading programme. They concentrate on 3 areas - phonetics, repetition, and first 100 words in the early/first reading level, and progress from there, and many of the books come with an audio CD. Also, at the first reading level, the sentence length is 2 - 8 words, and there are up to 10 words per page. They would probably be a good complement to what has already been suggested here. Yes, I do sell the books, but this isn't a plug for selling, I just know that many people really like the reading programme. As I mentioned, many of the books are probably available in your local library. Not sure where you are, but here's a link to the Canadian Usborne site with the reading programme info - http://www.usbornebooksathome.ca/usborne... Hope this info is useful to you.

Mindi - posted on 04/21/2009

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I used "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" with my son. I began in September when he was 4 1/2, and he now reads at a first grade level. It is truly the easiest and best way to teach your child to read. Not only does it teach using phonics, it reinforces the sounds so much that they are really ingrained in your child's head. My friend listened to my son read a couple of months ago, and she said he was reading better than her son because he knew all of the sounds so well.

Tammy - posted on 04/21/2009

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is what I used to teach my now 16 year old to read. I just did the first lesson with my 4 year old yesterday. When the child is finished with the book he should be reading at a second grade level. Many children are able to read before they complete the 100 lessons though.

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I agree she is doing great! My son is only 7 months old, but my sister in law sent me this website, she has 4 children... it helps teach reading, and is soo cute and fun. I go through letters with my son now, just about 5 or 6 a day, he loves it and laughs at it. Here is the website... just one more tool to use!
http://www.starfall.com/

Lisamarie81m - posted on 04/21/2009

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If she is not even in kindergarten yet I would say you already are doing a great job at teaching her!! my son is in kindergaten now and when he entered he knew numbers letters his name the basics. Now he is reading too thanks to the help of his teacher. you will be amazed at how much they learn in one year at school. just wanted to say I think you are already on a good path

Jade - posted on 04/21/2009

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She is doing sight words at school and I am teaching her rhyming words at home. She knows all ther at, ig, op, it, eat, end, og, and and words. Does this sound about right?

Kala - posted on 04/21/2009

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I teach 1st grade and the best advice I could give you is to start with phonics!! Do very simple phonics books with lots of sight words in them in which she may already know. There are videos you could buy in order to help with learning through phonics. Just google it.. Good luck

Bonnie - posted on 04/21/2009

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Teach by phonics, sounding out words, start with letters only. Todays schooling system is seriously failing our children by using sight words, their spelling is atrocious. Show a child a word you teach it a picture, sound out a word and you teach it to read.

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My daughter is also 5 and has to start kindergarten this coming year. What my husband and I have been doing is reading phonics books to her. The stories are short, the words are short, 2 syllable mostly. Check our your local library .... there's an endless wealth of materials waiting to be used by the parent. That's where I get my books. And with the added advantage of working there!

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