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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.


Must Read Monday: Doodling Dragons

Doodling Dragons is my new favorite book. I’m beginning the process of teaching my 3.5-year-old to read by simply reading to him because that is step 1. This book is written by Denise Eide who developed The Logic of English curriculum that parents and schools use. It teaches reading/spelling by learning how to sound words out, not by memorizing them. This is very important to me because I learned to read by memorizing. Now as an adult I still struggle with reading and spelling. It doesn’t help that I’m dsylxeic (yes, I meant to spell that wrong on purpose) as well. So I want the best start for my sons to learn to read the right way. This book is one of those books that helps that. Couldn’t be happier that I get to learn to read along with them. 🙂

Doodling Dragons: An ABC Book of Sounds

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Must Read Monday: One Fine Day

One Fine Day is a great book for early readers. The story builds on the sentences it already used so kids see the same words.

Warning: If your kids are bothered by animal cruelty I do not recommend this book. The fox stole an old woman’s milk so she cut off his tail. He spends the rest of the book trying to get it back. But an important lesson is learned: Steal, and you will lose an appendage.

Amazon.com description:

Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of 1971

“One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty.” The jaunty red fox stole milk from an old farm woman, lost his tail under the annoyed woman’s knife, and spent the day bargaining to get it back. This humorous retelling of a favorite Armenian folktale is a story small children will follow and “read along” with ease.

Must Read Monday: How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read is a very cute story about a dog who accidentally became a student. With an enthusiastic teacher (a little yellow bird) who makes reading fun, Rocket just couldn’t stay away from learning. And since a bird taught a dog to read there should be no excuse as to why my child couldn’t learn to read too!

Amazon. com description:

Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring
an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow
along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns
to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even
help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and
story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad
Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck &
will make this a favorite.

Read. Read. Read.

Read whatever you are reading to your kids. Read to them from the newspaper, magazine, or cereal box. Read the instructions out loud when you put together a shelf. Read the recipe directions out loud when you are cooking.  Maybe leave out the ingredients on the cans of food or the copyright section of a book or your kids will think you’re losing it.

Story Time

Story Time. When some kids are learning to read it can be scary reading to an adult. They fear constant correction. For a fun change, have your child read to their stuffed animals or toy trucks. Toys tend to be very good listeners.