At this point I really like the fisher price readeres. They tend to have good subject matter for 4 year olds and a good amount of words. Again, I make the chart where they read each book 4 times and then move on. It’s colored and laminated. Feel the joy.
Don’t let the “level 1” fool you. Sometimes we pick up one of those and WOW there are a lot of long words and a LOT of words. Flip through, make sure it’s doable. No one is happy when you find a treasured Tinker Bell book that she can hardly read at all, leaving her feel small and frustrated.
At this point we are reading one of these Fisher Price books together, for a sticker. Then, at naptime (she doesn’t nap — she tends to come in and out of her room, but the more she reads the better she does at staying in her room looking at books) we read a level 1 from the library. She reads the left page and I read the right page.
Usborne has a lot of reader books. The kids part will be on the top, and the story makes sense with just what they have to read, but the parents also have a part at the bottom that expands on it. We have a lot of those, I like them a lot.
Then, it’s a matter of continuing to do it. The more you do it the more you learn. Then, it’s reading signs and knowing what’s going on in the world. It’s a huge feeling for little people. Which, is why teaching reading is one of my favorite things.
**I know I’ve read a few articles about helping your children to read through the scriptures. We try this, but it’s frustrating to kids. There are SO few words for them to get. We try, but it’s hard to use it as a main way to teach reading. Maybe my kids have been too small, just my two cents. Include them, but you’re still going to need a lot of resources.
So, what did you think? Do you do similar things? Do you think I am insane. That is fine. 🙂