Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Sometimes you have to let them pour their own milk.

I’m one of “those moms”. You know, the ones who cringe when their child colors outside the lines. The one who immediately washes sticky hands. Who has to build a Lego town myself so it is done properly and is up to code. Who also says if you build that stack of blocks too high it will fall.

I have a hard time letting my kids fail.

But no one learned to ride a bike without tears. No one learned to color without first coloring outside the lines.

And no one learned to pour milk without spilling it all over.

So sometimes you have to let them pour their own milk.

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Getting a child to read. Part 4

Make-up a story using their name. I used my son’s name at the beginning, then wrote about an ocean adventure using words he was learning from Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. He smiled when he read his name at the top. Unfortunately, he did not appreciate how the story ended.

Tip: When writing a story using your child’s name. Give it a happy ending! 

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Getting a child to read. Part 3

Make up a funny story using words they are learning to read.

Here’s a story I made up using words from Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading.


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imageimageMy son thought my drawing of “chick on Chet’s chin” looked      like Chet was actually eating the chick. I can see how he would think that.

Getting a child to read. Part 2

My son is actually pretty good at reading for a 5-year-old,  well at least I think he is.

Since he’s my son-I know he’s a genius. But little Einstein here doesn’t like to read.

But he does like tic-tac-toe, so we combined reading and the game.

For each word he read, he could draw his “O”. Then for each sentence he read, he could take his turn again.

Einstein loving reading time, pictured below.
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How to teach reading to a child that hates reading

We use Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading for reading and phonics.

I love it because it’s strong phonics, scripted, and it was the right price– cheap.

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But trying to get a five-year-old boy to sit down and look at Black-and-white pages is not easy. Until I used the learning technique that he loves best…tactile. I write the words on the board that he has to read, and he gets to cross them off when he gets it right. For sentences, he gets to draw the picture that he reads. So far, he’s paying attention more to reading and not fighting me on it. The picture shows the sentence he read.

Stick figure man appears to be wielding a weapon but it’s really a hot dog.

And yes, my son is wearing a fox hat.