Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dec11_FacePaint I just made up the title to attract attention to the post :) A few people have asked me in emails how much time we spend on teaching my daughter to read. My answer is rather simple – we never spend more than 15 minutes a day on phonics, but since Anna was about 6 months, we are spending at least an hour a day (in several stretches) of reading together.

When Anna was younger, those 15 minutes were spent on Starfall.com. Then I discovered Progressive Phonics, and we started in July. Anna was 2 years 8 months old. When we started, she was very solid in letters and sounds and in knowing her capital and lowercase. It all came from books and Starfall. Now we slowly but surely go through Progressive Phonics Curriculum, and we reached breakthrough about 2 weeks ago. Reading stopped being a chore and turned into something that my daughter does for fun. From time to time she will pick one of an easier picture books and will focus on reading words, not retelling the stories. It’s fun to see her launch into reading that way, seemingly effortlessly. I hope that she will carry her love of books and reading throughout her life.

9 comments:

Christy said...

We haven't used Progressive Phonics but we are big fans of Starfall.

MoziEsmé said...

I'll have to check that out! My daughter is 2 yrs 8 months right now and knows her letters, though not always from the right angle (Is and Hs get confused, Ns and Zs too...). She can sound some words out with prompting, and it'd be nice to see her pick up reading effortlessly.

Autumn said...

What do you think of the book "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons"?

We tried progressive phonics, but took a break because Tommy was not interested in the slightest. I'll probably pick it up again in a little while to see what he thinks about it.

Debbie said...

It seems we are about on the same track on how we teach reading. Except I didn't use starfal.com

Thank you for sharing this information!

Cindy said...

Thanks so much for this site. It looks great. We love Starfall too.

Ticia said...

I think after Christmas I'll sit down and look at it. I'm not in a huge rush, but I do want to do more. We'll see maybe they'll catch on someday.
Keep your fingers crossed, I'm hopefully going to be able to sit down and write my book post for the last few weeks. I miss naps.

vanessa said...

This looks great! I'm going to try it.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I agree that reading to your child is the most important way to teach reading. Every child is different, of course. But honestly, I barely did anything to teach Kiddo phonics and when I finally decided to get some early reader books I discovered he could already read. I am pretty sure it's because he made me read to him hours and hours every day.

It's amazing how much kids learn.

Susana said...

We use Starfall too. I have had no luck with Progressive Phonics here with Joe. I've tried it several times. Starfall is a huge success though and I am actually planning to use their entire 5K curriculum next school year.