Previously, I described how I taught my daughters about print, sight vocabulary, phonological awareness, phonics, and early writing skills, while fostering their interest in being literate—all essential to learning to read.
But they still could not read.
This makes sense. My mother tells everyone that I was reading at age 4. When I went to Kindergarten, my teacher asked my parents, "Who taught this child to read?" Now, my parents were VERY young parents and my teacher was a strict nun at a Catholic school in Chicago. They were a bit scared to tell her they had no idea. While I definitely was read to, my mother says that looking back, I probably learned letters and sounds from Sesame Street and Electric Company, which played every half hour on the hour back in the 70's. She said I was transfixed by those shows and would watch for hours if she let me. I can still remember that one of my favorite parts of Electric Company was the silhouettes saying the onset and rimes of words.
I started to understand and enjoy reading as an adult, now I can understand almost any paragraph, now or old. but am kind of a very slow reader.
thanks for sharing, guys will do well with books if they learn to read at a tender age.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series that you shared with us about teaching your daughters to read. My husband and I raised two children, a son and daughter. We read all kinds of stories and novels to them from birth until late elementary school. I am an early elementary educator, and I constantly brought books home and let them order books from book clubs. We visited the library often. I grew up reading all of the classic stories that you have referred to in your posts, and I shared many of those books with my two children. We even went to Chincoteague on a family trip in search of the wild horses on Assateague Island, we only caught a glimpse of them in the distance. I have been an avid reader my entire life, but both of our kids did not become the voracious reader that I was (and still am) They rarely read for pleasure. It has been so heartbreaking for me to realize this. I just wondered what more that I could have done to try to get my children, who are young adults now, "hooked" on reading.
Love this. I recognize so many of the steps you took as what I also did with my now 6 year old (not identical) twins. They were always very interested in language and print and found phonological awareness games, learning the alphabet and sounds, and CVC decoding easy. Both fall into the “precocious readers” category, and will be finishing up K as 3rd to 4th grade level readers. I definitely think genetics and facility with language had something to do with how things have turned out... but certainly the setting they grew up in encouraged their reading development too.
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