Now that Strawberry is gaining more confidence with the various sounds of the letters of the alphabet, she’s ready for understanding the concepts of digraphs and other multi-letter phonograms. Whistling Whales by Denise Eide introduces the 21 most important multi-letter phonograms and the multiple sounds they produce in English. After reading the picture book together, we enjoyed sorting through our sight words cards to find the phonograms we encountered in the picture book!
As I’ve been through Reading 1000 Books before Kindergarten with my two oldest kids, I’ve realized that there are various “stages” of reading with children, especially reading with my babies. I started reading with my babies from their infancy, and my third child is nearly two. My thoughts on baby-reading stages are based on my personal observations of three different babies in a house that is full of book-lovers. It’s not scientific. Still, it’s a reminder that it is never to young to start reading with a baby!
When my son was a baby, I visited the library for myself mainly. On one particular day, when he was about six months old, I handed him a baby board book to hold as he sat in the stroller so he had something to hold while I searched for my book of choice. Imagine my surprise when an older lady commented, “Don’t you think he’s a bit too young?”
I’ve thought about that many times in the past 9 years. No, ma’am, I don’t think my son was too young for a book! Was he maybe too young to treat it with gentle reverence? Probably. But babies are never to young for books.
Before a young reader can parse together phonemes to form a word, they have hear the parts of the words. Hearing the parts of compound words and blending words together is then an essential pre-reading skill to develop. The hands-on compound words activities we put together were fun for my school-resistant preschooler.
My five-year-old daughter rarely shows an interest in doing formal “school time.” She does not want to learn to read and she certainly does not want to have “school time.” More informal learning happens throughout our mornings together. when she did express an interest in looking through the Logic of English Foundations Workbook, I was happy to comply.
The beginning of the Volume A book for the Foundations program addresses the segmenting of words, starting with compound words, so we jumped right in to this. Strawberry loved the workbook pages and so we of course had to do more activities!Continue Reading
Now that my daughter is showing interest and ability in sounding out words and recognizing the print around her, it’s time I read up on it too and find the activities that will be a perfect match for her personality. If you are starting out or teaching a child (or children) who is likewise learning to read, you may find this ultimate guide to early reading resources and activities useful.Continue Reading