I just wanted to give you a little update on how our reading is going so far. I must say that most of the children are enthusiastic about learning new words and therefore we off and running with our reading programme.
So far the children have been introduced to the words:
a, boy, girl, man, big, I, see
Today I introduced the word “little”.
With these few words we have started reading sentences such as:
I see a boy.
I see a girl.
I see a man.
I see a big boy.
I see a big girl.
I see a big man.
I see a little boy.
I see a little girl.
I know that some of you may be wondering what’s up with all the “I see a”, but let me assure you that the repetition is important to learning at this and at any stage.
Next week we will meet two new words.
With these two words our reading will take on a new spin. We will be reading sentences such as these:
I see a boy and a girl.
I see a boy and a man.
I see a girl and a man.
I see you.
You see a girl.
You see a boy.
You see a man.
I am excited! As the weeks progress I will introduce two or three new words per week. Some may think that’s too much but let me assure you that because of the repetition, two or three words per week are adequate.
So you may be asking what role you can play in helping your child to read.Well here are a few tips that will prove helpful.
1. Bristol board and markers have to become your new friend. You will find it useful in making flashcards which you can put within the view of your child ( write each word in big, bold letters on the card so that your child can easily recognize them). The bedroom wall or door would prove perfect for displaying these words. This way when you are dressing your child for school on mornings, you both can go through the words together.
2. Use the bristol board to make sentence strips. These are made just like the flashcards but instead of one word per card, you cut a long strip and write sentences. These sentences should be made from words which have already been introduced to the child. Again place these within your child’s view.
3. Encourage to child to recognize the words within his/ her environment. So when you are driving around or are just out and about point out the words on signs, billboards, etc. Look for the words in storybooks, newspapers and magazine at home.
4. Don’t forget to give rewards. Effort is worth a lot more than perfection so reward your child’s effort. A high five, a hug, a kiss, a pat on the back, or just saying “Good job”, “Great work”, means a lot to them.