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  1. Gisela Perez
    07/02/2017 @ 6:38 pm

    How did you start teaching reading? I am unsure which method to use..or which books. I was going to get hooked on phonics. Do you have any suggestions?


    • Bandora
      07/02/2017 @ 6:47 pm

      I found reading to them to be very important, also instilling a love for books. I reward my kids with books when many other parents reward with a toy so they have an extensive library to choose from.
      Buying “Readers” of whatever topic they are into (superheroes, LEGO, Star Wars, etc) helps.

      Shammy learned a lot of sight-words just from me reading the same books over and over, I thought that he had simply memorized the books but he recognized the same words in different contexts. As for actual materials, it depends on your child’s learning style. I have never used Hooked on Phonics or any formal curriculum for reading but have used supplemental resources.

      If you are not opposed to screen time I have found “Teach Your Monster to Read” (free) and “Reading Eggs” or ABC Mouse (not free but worth it) to be excellent.


  2. Gisela Perez
    07/02/2017 @ 7:07 pm

    We read to him every day and sometimes he will take his books and ‘read’ them to himself. I figured he just memorized the books because he says almost everything in order. I see that he has an interest in letters and sounds. He knows his letters and all the sounds. He can ‘read’ Mama and Dada. He will point to words and say the letters. When he was very little like just turned 2 he would point to words and ask me ‘mama, que dice..what say dat’. I am hoping that means he digs reading like I do.

    We have ABC Mouse and he likes to hear the books being read to him as well. I just wondered if there is anything more formal I need to do. I will look into teach your monster to read.


    • Bandora
      07/02/2017 @ 9:05 pm

      That is good! While there are “formal” things that you “can” do, there isn’t anything that you “need” to do that you don’t already seem to be doing. I don’t have experience with anything formal aside from letting them play the games I mentioned just for fun about 3 times a week.


      • Gisela Perez
        07/02/2017 @ 9:23 pm

        You are doing a great job and I read all your blogs for inspiration. I guess we are doing ok then! Yay! =) Thank you


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