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#1 imamumto3

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

ds was never interested in reading, writing etc until he started school.  dd (4) on the other hand loves writing, maths and work in general.  she really would like to read and looks at her books and makes up stories from the pictures, so I thought I might encourage her to learn to read properly.  what is the best way to start her off?  she can recognise common words like the or in, so  I was thinking of teaching her the sight words, but would that help at all?  she likes to do reading eggs on the computer, but she can't get regular access to it as dh uses it for work.  has anyone tried the reading eggs books, is it worth buying them?

#2 Kay1

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

Starfall on the computer is also great. You can get the app for your phone if she can't access the computer.

#3 libbylu

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

You can get lots of early readers at the local library.  They usually have a whole section of them. We did Reading Eggs too, and borrowed library books.
You could also make cards with the first 100 sight words on them if she is really keen.  I did this for DS but he doesn't like them.
Won't your kids need a computer for school work fairly soon?  Maybe look at buying a cheap laptop for them - I was astonished the other day that you can buy Compaq laptops for around $300.  It's good for them to know how to use a word processor for making stories etc. by grade one or two I reckon and then she could do Reading Eggs more often.

#4 imamumto3

Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

I can't get early readers at either of our local libraries, silly really as they are quite big libraries.  

we have a 2nd computer for the kids, but the internet is too slow.  I would love to get a new one, but there are other priorities at the moment.  

I might look and see if it works on the iPad

#5 Heather11

Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

The reading eggs program won't work on the Ipad as it requires flash.  They have brought out a couple of apps specifically for the Ipad though.  

Reading Egg apps

#6 FeralBee

Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

In my experience the most important thing when learning to read is repetition, repetition. Read the stories she loves (preferably find some shorter, simpler ones) over and over with her. You can run your finger under the words while reading if you'd like, and speak slowly and clearly but with expression.

Through that she will be able to learn what the words look like.
As far as I know, the education department is moving towards this style of learning (learning whole words and sounds rather than learning the letters first and then putting them into words), but I'm not a teacher so anyone in the know feel free to correct me!

#7 pinkpineapple

Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:38 PM

My 3.5yr old is showing a keen interest in reading and writing so I'm just starting with some phonics in names of people and items. I will then try her on dictated texts and see how she goes. I will do with her what I have done with 100s of kids of the past years in my classroom.  I always said I wouldn't teach her to read before school but she is just so interested and can't go to school til 2015 thanks to being a May baby.

I will continue to ask LOTS of question so she continues to build her comprehension. Also use lower case and capital letters when writing. Habits are hard to break.

Edited by pinkpineapple, 27 December 2012 - 10:40 PM.


#8 Feralishous

Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:20 AM

QUOTE (SqueakyBee @ 27/12/2012, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In my experience the most important thing when learning to read is repetition, repetition. Read the stories she loves (preferably find some shorter, simpler ones) over and over with her. You can run your finger under the words while reading if you'd like, and speak slowly and clearly but with expression.

Through that she will be able to learn what the words look like.
As far as I know, the education department is moving towards this style of learning (learning whole words and sounds rather than learning the letters first and then putting them into words), but I'm not a teacher so anyone in the know feel free to correct me!


Agreed. DD is sight reading, and its through pure repetition. We have had days where we have read the 'cat in the hat' 20 times.
Some kids ebooks are interactive, so the child can touch the words to hear the sound, which DD loves

#9 0zeKid

Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

Congratulations on recognizing the signs that DD is on her way to loving reading!

My DD1 was about the same age as yours when I we did the same thing. I was introduced to Get Reading Right for parents which uses phonics. They have easy to understand material for you as a parent, and books that progress from teaching each of the 44 sounds to pre-readers and early readers. We found these much much better than others on the market, because they didn't have the obvious pictures telling the reader what each of the words were (so she needed to actually look at the sounds and blend them)! DD2 is now learning to read and when school sends home readers; many with obvious pictures, I can tell when she is guessing.

In addition, I used to take her to the supermarket and work on her vocab too. Help me find lemons, apples etc etc. Making a game out of every day activities (it also kept her busy and me from going bonkers trying to do the supermarket shopping original.gif

We also used other everyday activities to reinforce stories or play games (like sticking post-its on items around the house and having her find them. But this was done when she was about 5 and a half.

And, if you want to get tips, downloadables and free reading 'lesson' plan ideas (such as the supermarket and postit ideas). Sign up for this newsletter:
http://www.phonicshero.com

Phonics Hero also has an online program which many schools use and Apps that supplement the Get Reading Right program (but you mentioned you don't have computer access).

Good luck with it!

#10 AnnoyingAnt

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

We did the reading eggs program for my little bookworm. She flew threw it and loved most of it- is still upset when the astronaut falls in the crater (she worries they have died- did so at 3 and still hates this bit at 5 (doesn't matter as she is well beyond the program now). On the whole the program was great and she enjoyed it though so I would recommend it though ( wouldn't recommend it for kids who are good readers though - DS hated the repetition and placement test is woefully inadequate for kids who can read well).  I never tried the books however... we just borrowed readers from DS's classroom (benefit of helping out with home readers in class). Personally I would never buy readers unless your child really loves the content (do recommend the Rascal books however... lots of repetition, great illustrations and stories).

#11 LittleM

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:19 AM

hi:)

ive bought the reading eggs books and workbooks as well and i find them great! i teach primary school and i find starting with phonics (and including some sight words) the best approach. rhyming words is a good one also. and a bit of eye spy but using the sound of the letter, not the name of the letter, to guess with.

with my dd, i sang a lot of the alphabet and when she was in kindy, she learned the letter sounds and off she went from there. i agree with there being a lot of repitition. and breaking down words into sounds is beneficial.

i should have worded that differently but there are so many things going arouind in my head right now i have lost the ability to write...lol

i hope that helps. nothing like giving them a head start:)

#12 WithSprinkles

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:12 AM

Try googling phonological awareness activities. The research shows a strong link between good phonological awareness skills and literacy development. There is a developmental order to these skills (rhyming, syllabification, initial sound identification, final sound identification, medial sound identification, breaking words into sounds, consonant blends etc). This should be incorporated into any letter/word identification work.

ETA: should mention that phonological awareness is different to phonemic awareness (as people often confuse the two). Phonemic awareness is only about sounds (I.e. phonemes), phonological awareness is an umbrella term that includes phonemic awareness but also includes the whole phonological patterns in words (and even sentences - e.g. Knowing that "I have a dog" has four words).

Edited by VanillaIcecream, 02 January 2013 - 07:17 AM.


#13 leisamd

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

We did reading eggs too.

You might be interested in this book - The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading

The biggest thing I can suggest is exposure to lots of good books.  Read to her often, let her listen to audio books.

#14 Sue Heck

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

LeSm if you have a reading eggs subscription for the computer just move on to reading eggsexpress. The books start from age 5 and up and there is plenty to keep children interested.  My 9 year old reads at a high level but still uses it. You can use the same account for either program.

I taught my children the basic sight word list from the age of four and I suggest getting a copy so at least you know what they are and can point out as key words while reading. The lists often pop up in the education forums here.
Our library was invaluable for basic readers as well.


#15 0zeKid

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

I purchased the whole set of Reading Eggs materials.

Found the activity books the most useful but the readers etc were a waste of money as DD just guessed based on the pictures.

As a side, the online Reading Eggs was not successful with either of mine as DD1 got bored playing the same five games for every single sound so we never made it past the second map. DD2 has done a little better as she is at 50. The eggsexpress has gone no-where with DD1 she thinks it is too babyish at 7-8 years old.

#16 Ritaroo

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:10 PM

QUOTE (VanillaIcecream @ 02/01/2013, 07:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Try googling phonological awareness activities. The research shows a strong link between good phonological awareness skills and literacy development. There is a developmental order to these skills (rhyming, syllabification, initial sound identification, final sound identification, medial sound identification, breaking words into sounds, consonant blends etc). This should be incorporated into any letter/word identification work.

ETA: should mention that phonological awareness is different to phonemic awareness (as people often confuse the two). Phonemic awareness is only about sounds (I.e. phonemes), phonological awareness is an umbrella term that includes phonemic awareness but also includes the whole phonological patterns in words (and even sentences - e.g. Knowing that "I have a dog" has four words).


Completely agree. I also would add maybe work on comprehension skills as well, talking about the characters in the story, what would happen next after the story has finished, relating it to your own experiences etc.

#17 feralisles

Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

Hi OP,


Both of mine were obsessed with books and very keen to read.  I taught them in the days before things like Reading Eggs existed (brushes grey hair off wrinkled brow as she types...)

We started with the letter sounds, one at a time.  I introduced the letters that formed their initials first, then easy ones like ssss for snake, O for oh-o etc, moving on to the more obscure ones when they were confident.  They loved to point out the letters they knew when we were going around the supermarket, and by two they knew them all.  After that it was rhyming games and I Spy, which they played endlessly on long car trips.  Being very familiar with letters and sounds made it easy to figure out words, which they did naturally while enjoying stories with me.

We never did flash cards or anything like that - I hadn't heard of sight words until they started school (by which stage they already knew them all!)  I always followed their lead with learning so it was never a chore.  Reading is still one of their favourite things to do.  

I think if your child is interested they will probably pick it up regardless of which method you use.  The main thing is to keep it fun for both of you.  It's lovely to be able to share the pleasure of books with your kids.

#18 Sue Heck

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

I started a thread on reading express in education. Ozekid I was surprised at the babyish comment so I thought I'd see what the general feedback is, but won't take this one OT.

#19 llinh

Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

There is an Australian accent Phonemic Awareness iPad App call "Oz Phonics 1 - Phonemic Awareness and Letter Sounds" you can also get free worksheets on their website ozphonics.com   I've been working through some of the worksheets (using the app as well) with one of my kids (we use the Kiwi accent version setting).

Not sure exactly what phonemic, phonetic, phonological awareness is but you get the general idea from the app. Many of the exercises are done without written letters (just hearing the sounds). From all accounts this approach is meant to be the best although I think there are still plenty of schools using word lists.

Someone else on this forum also recommended the PRof's Phonics apps - also Australian accent.

Of course this all assumes you've got an iPad.

starfall have also got a good website with lots of free stuff.






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