Teaching Reading with Word Families: Ten Days of How to Teach Your Child to Read

Teaching Reading with Word Families One of the things I like to do for reading is to work with word families. Word family exercises built around a phonics rule can help a child practice both a phonics approach and recognizing phonemes and words by sight. Using word families reinforces the patterns in the reading. Patterns make it easy for the kids to make and remember connections. Using Word Families for Phonics Most of the phonemes can be divided into groups that follow the same guideline. For example, when you find a word that is consonant-vowel-consonant, the vowel usually makes a

Teaching with Basal Readers : 10 Days of How to Teach Your Child to Read

Teaching With Basal Readers Basal readers (or primers) are short “textbooks” with an organized series of illustrated short stories used to teach a set of phonemes or sight words. You can find basal readers for both the phonics approach and the sight word approach. The most well known phonics-based reader is the McGuffey Reader series, which dates back to the 1860’s and is still widely used today. The most famous sight word reader is the Dick & Jane series which was used greatly from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and then fell in popularity after the sight word (or “look

Approaches to Teaching Reading : 10 Days of How to Teach Your Child to Read

The different approaches to teaching reading: Your pre-reader is showing the signs and the interest in learning to read, so it’s time to start, right? There are two main approaches to reading: phonics and sight word. There is also a third approach which combines the two. I tend toward the third approach, with a little more emphasis on the phonics. First, let’s take a brief look at each. What is a Phonics Approach to Reading? A phonics approach teaches the relationships between the letters (graphemes) and their sounds (phonemes) so that a child may “decode” words and sound them out

Reading Readiness & Pre-Reading : 10 Days of How to Teach Your Child to Read

Ten Days of How to Teach Your Child to Read The one and only education class I took in college (before switching to a different major, which I also never finished) was a class about the fundamentals of reading. I remember thinking, “what’s the big deal? Is it really that hard to teach reading?” Fast forward a dozen years or so and I find myself teaching my own children to read, discovering that sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. Why is it that something we all take for granted is so scary for many of us to teach? Perhaps

How to Facebook Party

Many of you have attended parties on Facebook before, but being a relatively new thing, many of the rest of you have not. No worries! It’s not hard. There are only a few things you need to know. If you don’t know how to Facebook party, this post is for you! 1.) The “party” happens on my Facebook page. I post questions, statements and links to giveaways —  discussion happens in the comments of the status updates.  For the quarterly Mommy Time party, I will actually be the last stop of the party, which will take place on three other

10 Ways to Make Homeschool Fun

Ten random thoughts, off the top of my head, about making learning fun. (In no particular order.) How to Make Learning at Home Fun! Make things – This is one of my little boy’s FAVORITE things to do. After we learn about something, he wants to go make it–build it with legos, mold it with playdough, craft it with pipe cleaners… I’m trying to remember to encourage him to do this at least once a day! The girls aren’t as hands on as he is, but they love this, too. Sometimes we have experiments planned, and when we don’t, we