Big Sis has been ready to start reading for quite some time. She loves books and has been “reading” them non stop for as long as I can remember. We were ready to move past the memorization stage and start decoding words and figuring out this business of reading. I’ll share with you how we’ve been doing things for the last few weeks.
I’ve tried a few different readers with Big Sis this year, but the Bob books are my favorite so far. I like the repetitive text and how each one builds on the previous one. We read the books together. I let Big Sis sound out the words as best she can and step in to help when she needs it. We read a couple of books each day. We review some of the previous and then start a new one every few days.
After we read, we play word games.
Making words is one of Big Sis’s favorite games. We use the magnetic letters and practice word families. For this one, I put the letters “AT” together at the top. We change the first letter of the word and practice sounding out all the things that end with “AT.”… they can be real or nonsense words.
She has other games like the one pictured above that she can do on her own. This one is a bean bag with a clear window. Inside are beans with thirty common sight words. She can shake up the bag and read the words that come up to the top.
Another game is her My Little Pony game that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.
Incidentally, the little bean bag game was made by me and you can find more like it in my etsy shop. FREE SHIPPING
How do you teach reading to your little ones?