M has been asking to learn to read. Oh my. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
I know I can teach him, and I know he can learn… but I’m in no hurry to have him reading on his own. There is so much out there that he is just not ready to comprehend in a healthy way. I honestly don’t believe that reading at such an early age gives a child any sort of a real advantage in the big scheme of things.
But, but, but I also want to encourage his love of learning and since this is what he’s interested in right now, we are slowly, slooooowly starting down that road.
He already knows a handful of words and can pick them out when he sees them – dog, cat, Mommy, Daddy, on, off, of, no, go, pizza (haha).
One thing we’ve been doing, and it’s a lot of fun, is carefully listening to the separate sounds in words. For example, I’ll tell M to r—u—n to the w—i—n—d—ow (speaking very, very slowly, and clearly making each distinct sound), and he has to put the sounds all together and do what I say. He loves this; at first it was a challenge, but he’s enjoyed it so much as he’s gotten better at it! It’s a game to him, and something we can do just about anywhere, anytime… t—ou—ch your n—o—se, and that sort of thing.
We did the same thing with the group of objects below:Find the b—oy, s—u—n, t—ur—t—le, etc. When he’s done a few of these then it’s his turn to sound something out for me and see if I can pick the right thing. This is harder than it sounds – he has a, let’s say, interesting way of sounding some things out, haha. But it’s a great way to get him thinking about how individual sounds make up words! He already knows which letters make many of the sounds.
I also picked up the first set of Bob Books at our library. I think M will really like these. I like how simple they are, and while I have heard that the line drawings don’t appeal to some children, I think they will to M.
There are a couple of online programs that I looked into…
Progressive phonics is a free program, and gets a lot of good reviews, but I was irritated that in the earliest books the names are not capitalized. This is probably a minor pet peeve, but M already knows that beginnings of sentences and names use “mama” letters. I don’t understand the idea of not using proper grammar right from the start. I also didn’t like the idea of having to print out all the books.
Reading lessons is another free program, created by the same person who created the Kididdles website, which we love. However, as the program progress, it uses printable books from the Reading A to Z website, which requires a paid membership. It does offer options to this, but nothing that I found very realistic for us.
And, like I said, I’m in no hurry to have M fluently reading everything he sees! So for now this is enough for us.
If you know of something we might enjoy down the road, I’d love to hear about it in the comments – thank you!
Have a beautiful day! :)