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How toTeach Your Child to Read

Posted By Smockity Frocks On January 4, 2010 @ 8:03 pm In Family,Homeschool,Smockity's Reel Life | 37 Comments

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I have posted here before about how I have used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons [2].

Today, I would like to show you how easy it is to use this method.

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The book tells the parent exactly what to say and when to say it. Notice the red words prompt the parent to give an example, “Annie is a girl.”

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You can see in this portion, the red words prompt the parent to question the child’s comprehension. “Who sat on the log? Who didn’t sit on the log?”

Could it be any simpler?  There is no guess work or thinking up what to ask the child next.

Here is a video of my five year old doing her daily reading lesson. Notice how when she stumbles or gets stuck, I do not immediately tell her what the word is. Instead, I coach her on what the sounds say and see if she can work it out for herself, which she does when given the chance.

Oh, and please do excuse the Rastafarian dreadlocks. And the commands from the eight year old in the background for her baby sister to “BACK OFF! BACK OFF!” I’m still not sure what that was all about – it’s always something in Smockityville!

This post is linked to A Soft Place to Land [5] and The Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup [6].


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[5] A Soft Place to Land: http://asoftplace.net/2010/01/diy-day-10/

[6] The Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup: http://thehappyhousewife.com/homeschool/homeschool-curriculum-review/

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