Monday, September 6, 2010

"Lock" "Luck" "Lick"

A few days a week, Cecilia and I work on her reading. We use Teach Your Child How To Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Engelmann, Haddox, and Bruner.

She knows very well the sounds all the letters make and she is getting better at sounding out words. She also seemed to have memorized some words. For example, she spots the word "little" whenever it is there and she has no problem sounding out "and" or "sand" or many other small words. One thing that did help a little in trying to put the sounds together was slowly singing them.

At the same time, sometimes she comes across words that, even though she can sound out every letter perfectly, she simply cannot put together and then she begins guessing and I hear letters that aren't even on the page. She gets "lock" and "lick" with no problem but asking her to read "luck" is pure penance. I get every word except "luck." It can get a little frustrating. So I eventually have to tell her what it is and then we go over it and over it and over it. She is getting better, so I think the repetition is helping but for some words, it is slow-going.

Of course she can always spot the word "play."

We don't just use this book though. We always finish by reading some Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. We have almost all of them and almost all of them are "My First Reader" books. Of course some words like "come" and "time" I have to help her with, but Cecilia reads the majority of each book and she loves them. She gets to read a cute story with sweet pictures about a cute puppy. I confess I'm biased as I used to have a Golden Retriever named Biscuit (before I even knew of the books) but it makes learning to read not just a text book (which, let's face it, it shouldn't be) and it makes it more fun when she can see how reading opens books to her and how she can use what she is learning.

She is making progress but what is really wonderful is that when we sit down to "do schoolwork" she begs to do it. She loves to do it. She asks to do it. I admit when she asks on a Sunday morning, I inform her that it is mommy's day off, but otherwise we pull out the books and spend 20-30 minutes practicing reading per her request. Once she is tired of it, we stop.

She isn't there yet, but at least she is enjoying the journey.

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