Preparing for kindergarten/reading?

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Preparing for kindergarten/reading?
Mon, 06-16-2003 - 6:35am
Hi, my ds will be in kindergarten next fall. How do I start teaching him how to read? He seems interested. We read every day, but what else could I do? I have no idea where to begin. Thanks.


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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 7:03am
We started with Bob Books. I had seen a discussion on this board a long time ago about the same topic, and that's what a couple of people had suggested. When James showed an interest in reading, we got a couple of Bob Books from the library, and he was so excited that he could sound out some of the words. That was last November, and he's reading really well now (he can read some Scholastic books for grades K-2, and also Dr. Seuss books). He will start K in the fall, so we think he's doing great for his age, and I'm excited that he likes to read (I'm an avid reader).

Bob Books mostly have words with 5 letters or less, and each book focuses on a certain sound (long e, short o, etc.).

Good luck!

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 8:40am
DS is starting kindergarten this year too and has a 12 yr. old brother he wants to be like so he wanted to learn how to read also. We started by teaching him what each letter sounds like phonetically (st?). We're only teaching the basics now cause we don't want to overwhelm him, but he can sound out many of the simple three letter words now. Lisa
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:10pm

Isn't it great how they love learning new things? I'm a big reader too and we have tons of books around - it's no surprise that DD (4.5 yrs) is showing an interest.

We're not "teaching" her in a direct way, just encouraging and making sure she has access to things like letter magnets for the fridge, alphabet stencils to trace, etc. The magna-doodle is great because she can write & erase quickly without as much worry about how it looks or needing more paper every two minutes. (Also good in the car!) We also play games like thinking of things that start with a particular letter, and she is slowly "getting" the concept that if she knows CAT and knows what "B" sounds like, then she can figure out BAT...

I was just thrilled a few weeks ago when she tried to write "Robin loves Mommy" and decided on her own that "LEB" would be "love" - she's obviously thinking about what the letters sound like, not just memorizing how to spell the words she already knows, like her name.

Oh, and she sometimes likes us to point to each word in a simple story as we read it. In a repetitive story, you can pause when you get to a familiar word and let the child "read" it. Also, explain that this particular word is spelled this way, then ask if they can find it elsewhere on the page. Robin also likes simple word searches.

Anyway, congratulations on your budding reader! It's so exciting :)

Jennifer & Alex, Robin 4.5 & Julia 2

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Sat, 06-21-2003 - 10:09am
Other than reading to him, which is the BEST you can do, you can read books that are short and have a few words per page. He will memorize them at first, but will come more familiarized with the letters and their sounds. When he sees them or hears them again, it will stick that much faster, KWIM? Plus, you can label things in your home. "door" and "table" etc can help with whole language, and will also serve as a great foundation to his reading skills. It's always great o see moms really interested in furthing their child's education by participating in it! What a good mom you are!!! Good luck on this endeavor together!

Janet =)

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Sat, 06-21-2003 - 7:00pm
Everything everyone has posted is great information. My dd goes into kindergarten next year and additionally, I am a first grade teacher. I don't advocate any "program" to teach early reading but the greatest help of all for all emergent and early readers is to read with them. To ensure that your child gets the best start on school, find ways to make sure they know all the letter sounds - there are even some nice phonics songs out there to play in the car. Another thing is if she is interested in writing, encourage that - the effort of figuring out "inventive spelling" leads very directly to reading skills - the two work hand in hand. Initially it is my opinion that you do not push "correct" spelling - the child will initially locate only the initial sounds, then the initial and final sounds. Early writing of "I love mommy and daddy" may look like "i lv me n dd" with even some extra letters pushed into the sounds - Until you get to where you can read their spelling, the most ego saving technique is to say "this looks great, can you read it to me please?". Consonants are recognized first, vowels come after. When they give you a finished product, at this stage it is best to avoid saying "hey let me show you the right way to spell this". Instead, surround them with print and you can also spell with them - helping them hear then write each sound - it seems to bother them less if that is done as they write rather than after. Oops! I never ,meant to go on and on here - its just my favorite part of teaching!

Linda in Fl