My Little Reader

My Little Reader

 

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Molly has been desperate to read since before she could talk. Smile My kind of kid! She has always loved books, crawling into my lap at all hours with a book (or twelve) in hand and asking for a story. It is no surprise to me that she knew all of her letter sounds by 3, and at four is delighting in reading words over my shoulder whenever I have anything in my hand that displays the printed word.

Thanks to the {continuing} generosity of a homeschool friend, we are bursting with learning materials for her…

 

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We start with Hooked on Phonics, reading through word family lists, talking about sounds and how letters fit together, and then progress through whatever HOP book corresponds to the lesson we completed. Just a note… in these pictures you see Molly dutifully pointing her finger at the word she is reading.

She doesn’t always do this, and I think the one-to-one correspondence between where her finger is pointing and what she is reading is very important – FOR HER – so I make her go back and reread. She tends to look at the picture and fit a word in that she thinks should be there… often guessing right, but then unable to actually read the word in another context.

 

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We also add in sight word readers from different sources to help her master those words that don’t fit into a “family.” Here she works on a worksheet after reading a cute little book from the Sight Word Readers collection by Scholastic. We also love the readers that come with the Raising Rock Stars Preschool program created by Carisa at 1+1+1=1.

 

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We also use other games, worksheets, and learning activities from home and around the web. In the first picture above, Molly reads with her TAG reader (with Logan, another budding bibliophile), and in the second she completes a beginning sound activity from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.

One thing to keep in mind… Molly wants to do this. She’s only four, and in the scheme of “school ages” wouldn’t enter Kindergarten for more than a year. With a late summer birthday, she’d go to another year of preschool or a pre-K program if we’d decided to go that route. But… she’s highly gifted, very verbal, and incredibly motivated (most of the time).

I wouldn’t recommend a program like this to a four year old unless he or she was ready and interested. Young kids learn best through discovery and play, which is why we do a lot of hands-on & fun things around here. Typically, Molly has days where she wants to “do reading” for hours… and then she just wants to play (usually acting out what she’s read with her dolls) for the next several. I’m okay with that. It keeps her interested when the time comes for the next step, and we’re not in any rush

 

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… and I’m loving our “curl up together for a reading lesson” time, and want it to go on forever.

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