Learning to Read Tip #2 gave you some ideas on writing stories with children to help them get the concept and the confidence that reading is talk written down.
If you and your child have created a story, as recommended in Tip #2, here is what to do next:
#1 - Purchase or make some flash cards. 3" x 5" index cards work great!
#2 - Choose one sentence from your child's story.
#3 - Print each word from the sentence on an index card - one word per card. For example, if your child's sentence is, "I have a cat named Tippy," place the word "I" on one card, "have" on another card, "a" on a card, "cat" on another, etc. For this sentence, you will end up with 6 vocabulary cards from one sentence.
#4 - Practice pointing at each letter and sounding out each word.
#5 - Play a flash card game with your child. When your child is ready, flash the words to them, and every word your child recognizes, they get to keep the card.
#6 - Lay the cards out in a different order. For example: "I have Tippy."
#7 - When you start to do this exercise, you will be surprised and amazed that your child will want you to write additional words on cards. Example: "My" cat "is" named Tippy. Or "Tippy "is my" cat.
#8 - Continue to add words to your flash card stack.
BE PATEINT - HAVE FUN - MAKE LEARNING TO READ A GAME!!
It works and you will be amazed!
Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia
Rhonda Paglia is a retired elementary
and gifted support teacher from Hermitage, PA.
She is the author of 3 children’s books.
Her 4th book, "Orion and the 3 Little Gnomes"
will be released in May 2014.
Her 5th book, "Rockin' Color RAPalicious Rap"
will be released later this year.
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G5X3WO2