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 Smarty was about 6 months, we are spending at least an hour a day (in several stretches) of reading together.
When Smarty was younger, those 15 minutes were spent on Starfall.com. Then I discovered Progressive Phonics, and we started in July. Smarty 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.