At age 2 1/2 (8 months home) my child had mastered the entire English alphabet. ?At 3 he could write his name. ?At 3 1/2 he knows the letters alphabetically and knows all the letter sounds (both soft and hard). ?At 2 1/2 he knew all of his shapes. ?At age 3 he knew complex shapes (diamond, trapezoid). ?At age 3 1/2 he knew many three dimensional shapes. ?At age 2 1/2 he knew basic colors. ?At age 3 he could verbally distinguish dark from light. ?We are working on complex colors (magenta, chartreuse, lavender).
People who know us well and know of the boy’s brain capacity have started asking about reading. ?Does he know how to read yet? ?Are you teaching him how to read? ?I will admit that reading has been scary for me. ?I am having a hard time figuring out how to teach him how to read. ?You see, he is a visual learner. ?I too am a visual learner. ?I taught him all of the letters, sounds, shapes and colors with visual tools. ?Lots and lots of flash cards (that’s how I taught him English too). ?I have those same tools for reading. ?I have a deck of sight words. ?My first inclination is to have him master the sight words on well… sight alone. ?However, my inner bookworm says wait a minute. ?He really needs the foundation of reading. ?Phonics.
Yes, he knows his letter sounds. ?He doesn’t know complex letter combinations yet (sh, ch, th). ?We are still working on those. ?I do have a set of phonics flash cards that I will pull out and work with in conjunction to the sight words. ?This is one of those things that if I work with him for a few weeks ?he will be reading in no time.
This morning we sat down to work on a few sight word cards (at the child’s insistence). ?I started at the front of the deck (in the a’s). ?I figured 5 would be sufficient. ?We made it to 6 words. ?We worked on identifying the letters in the word, the sounds the letters make and putting it all together. ?The words we worked on today are a, an, and, all, about and after. ?I like the cards, he likes the cards, but it seems very illogical. ?I would rather use a resource that utilized building on words. A to An to And, Be to Bee to Been. ?Trouble is the boy works very well with flash cards. ?He likes workbooks, but flash cards work better for him.
He and I made an agreement that we will work on a few words a day and for each letter that he learns by sight and/or sounding out he will earn a sticker. ?Earn so many stickers and get something out of the prize basket. ?Eventually we’ll up the ante (full sentences to books).
He does want to learn how to read. ?So any help from my wiser moms would be appreciated. ?What resources have you found handy in teaching your children to read? ?Even if your kids are older. ?The boy may only be 4 (almost 5) but is much smarter than your average 4 year old.