A full week of reading is ahead. Get excited.
Ok, or don’t get excited.
Teaching kids to read isn’t all that crazy fun. It’s true. BUT, it can be rewarding.
I start out by teaching letters. I use the Leapfrog phonics thing, I use letter puzzles, and I use flashcards. We have started out with letter names, although many people say to start with letter sounds. Problem is, I really like using letter names. So, we do that. 🙂
Then we say A say a… and so on and so forth.
And then here is the big leap — learning to sound out words is hard stuff. Princess P and El Presidante both had really hard times hearing the words as they were sounding it out.
So, in the book I used to read they mentioned playing a “sound out” game. P and I did it an awful lot. We’d be on walks and I’d sound out things we could see…
c-a-r (say it really slowly, and it helps if you’re seeing it so they have a clue)
So, they slowly catch on to how sounding out works.
Some kids (Mr Middle) catch on to sounding out really easily, and some don’t.
So, practice your letter sounds, and sounding out. No really, comment and THEN go do it. 😉