I began teaching Boo to read at the beginning of the summer.
He was about to turn six...and he was beginning to ask when he would be able to read.
I had already taught Bo to read using Miss Mason's suggestion...Now for Boo.
I was a little more nervous as I began teaching Boo.
1. Because his attention span is not hardly as long as Bo's.
2. He says, "I forgot" about a lot of things...I was a little afraid that it would carry over into reading.
3.I wondered if he might need a more structured approach...leveled decodable texts..for practice and confidence.
These were my concerns, but I moved ahead with Miss Mason's suggestions.
He had found a Dick and Jane reader on the shelf and wanted to learn a couple of the stories.
We began with Puff, then moved to Spot.
I introduced the words by sight. He practiced making a picture of the word in his mind...then he wrote the word on the dry erase board...next he made the word with the letter tiles...after that he found the word in a list of other words. He was soon able to read the story using this method. The stories are repetitive and he only needed to learn about five words to be able to read them.
The next day we made word lists using the decodable words in the story.
For example... spot...pot...dot...cot...lot...hot
So...were my fears founded?
Not really, he is really excited about learning to read. he can sit for 20-30 minutes. On average our lessons probably last 20 minutes.
As the lessons have gotten harder, he sometimes forgets a new word and gets frustrated when I lead him through the steps to figure it out...but most of the time he does just fine!
And he is so excited to be able to read some interesting books...
Science reader and decodable practice cards...
practicing the sentences in the story...
finding the word grows in the list
He is now beginning Green Eggs and Ham
This book is providing lots of sight word practice and rhyming practice.
I am so proud of his progress...and so is he..I can tell because he wants to read his new words to everyone;)