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#1 3_for_me

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

Howdy guys, Dd has suddenly shown an enormous interest in reading words and I showed her some pictures with words underneath last night and she was able to tell me what the word id when thepicture was there but also tell me what they said when thepicture was gone and I went back to them.  I also showed her letters and asked her to find me the others of the same letter in the sentence and she was able to spot them straight away ohmy.gif. She seems to have a very good memory and any time I stopped showing her things she grumped at me to keep going laughing2.gif

Wondering if anyone has any resources that are good for specifically teaching very young children who are interested in reading?  The boys weren't even vaguely interested at this age so I am feeling a tad lost.

Before anyone gives me the 'dont worry about it now, she's only young' spiel I am not doing this for my benefit I am following her lead.  We have always felt she was fairly cluey and she comes across to most people as being older than her actual age as she also speaks very well.

#2 Guest_CaptainOblivious_*

Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:04 AM

Our DD1 loved reading eggs. You can get a free trial if you want to try it. We also have some simple books that she really enjoyed reading.

#3 franklet

Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

I'm not being rude, but books!

Deliberately seek out books with simple text, like readers, or even easier than searching the stores, write your own.

Take a photo of each member of the family and write underneath, This is (or here is or I am) Mummy, This is Daddy, etc. That way she will learn all the (written) names of her family and probably also pick up This and Is. Then you could do a house one, toy one, etc.

Make up labels for items in your house, door, window, clock, etc.

Look for board games aimed at pre-readers, we have sight word bingo for eg.

One of mine was similar at the same age, we read every night and she was included in games we played with the older kids but I didn't do a lot more than that and she basically taught herself to read before school anyway, some of them just get it.

Does your DD love to play with language? Mine used to have her own language (as well as speaking perfectly clearly) that made sense to her. She also has always loved jokes around language, silly words and made up words. She now joins me in correcting the speech of the rest of the family including DH!

Books like Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl are great because they use language in a fun and particularly clever way. Lewis Carrol is also similar in this way. Obviously she's a few years off reading these herself but reading them to her would be good (if your brain can stand it!).

We used to go to the library, borrow about 30 books and read about 10 a night. That way I didn't get completely bored from reading the same books over and over and the kids were exposed to heaps and heaps of books.

#4 Sally76

Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:20 AM

reading eggs are great, also ds liked www.starfall.com when he was little - and still does - goes from the basics - alphabet to games and reading.

#5 3_for_me

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:19 AM

Thanks, i will check out reading eggs and starfall original.gif. Her oldest brother has just started reading Roald Dahl, etc so I might try and get him involved and see if he'll read some of his book to her each night too.  Our house is overflowing with books so no shortage there original.gif

I like the idea of labeling some pictures for her, we don't have many places to put things like that around this house(rental with anal owners) but I might even put them into a little 'reader' for her so she can lookat them and read the text underneath.

Oh and we love Dr Seuss, we actually had a reading from Dr Suess at our wedding ceremony!

#6 leisamd

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

Tactile letter stuff is good, I've heard of people cutting out letters in sandpaper, tracing them in sand or shaving cream.  Magnetic letters on the fridge.

I agree with franklet - keep on with those books!

My Kids loved Reading Eggs too.

If you want to get into it there are plenty of letter of the week ideas online, or if you're looking for an actual beginning phonics book this one might work http://www.bookdepository.com/Get-Ready-fo...l/9780838817803

#7 3_for_me

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

This is the one we were playing around with last night:


Ten tiny teddies is single letters of the alphabet and the one we have is that plus 7 other books joined together, the others do blends, etc and then move all the way up to story writing, etc.   she seems to be really enjoying that so we'll keep using that one for now and look at some tactile type activities to complement it.

#8 culture nerd

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:55 AM

Something that my mum did with all of us as early readers, and is starting with her grandkids, is making stepping stones from coloured card with simple words / letters on them.  Then lay them out to form a sentence, part of the alphabet etc, then the game is just jumping through the set and working out the sentence.  Really easy and cheap to do, but lots of fun, and you can ensure it keeps up with developing reading skills by adding new words all the time.  Once they start reading well, then they make sentences for the adults to jump through, make a game to get points for longest sentence etc etc.  Lots of possibilities with this - limited only by the time and imagination of the adults involved.

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