I must admit that I did not concentrate on my son’s reading skills. He is currently 5 years old and he is not a super confident reader yet (or am I putting too much pressure on myself?) I am currently putting more effort on his reading and I bought a second hand “Sing Spell Read and Write” book. I also did some research and I learned that yes, I did the wrong thing… I missed teaching the phonetic and went straight to sight reading. Yep, a huge mistake and I have to undo what we thought was the right method.
Now we don’t sing the ABC as the nursery song does. We now concentrate on the sound of the letters. We also work on the consonant- vowel -consonant mix.
Unlearning sight word reading and relearning phonetic reading will be a huge benefit for Joshua when he enters the first grade. At the moment I have enough time to catch up because he is entering Kindergarten in the upcoming School year.
So to make reading fun, I have prepared a few games into our study time. We played the Word Treasure Hunt Game.
I have prepared some instructions for him to complete his mission.
So Joshua had so much fun searching and reading words that are rolled in paper around the room. Today we concentrated on words with vowel “o”.
Then, his second assignment was to look at his book and find the similar sentences written on paper. Once found, he must post the correct order according to the book on the wall! He did two (2) pages with six (6) sentences.
After doing all the exercises, Joshua wanted more. So we read a Bible verse and ended up singing it.
Homeschooling really brings out not just the best in my kid… it also brings out the creativity in me. Learning magically happens when its fun!
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If it helps any, we sometimes use sight words (ones that follow basic phonetic rules) for teaching phonics! The first word my 3 year old identified was “stop”, and we used words like that for building phonetic skills 🙂
Thanks for that tip!