So, it’s time to improvise! I have a digital copy of the Teach Your Child to Read program which walks you in both a video series and through a book on how exactly to teach your child to read using phonemic awareness. I printed the black and white flashcards from the files included in that program. However, you can totally teach your child to read using any phonics program. All you need to do is first make sure you yourself can pronounce correctly each of the phonograms. You might think, well, duh, of course I know what the letter B says, but you have to be careful, you don’t want to confuse your child and tell them “B says Buh”… instead you want to make sure they know “B makes the sound “B” ” I know, slight difference but it makes a difference when you go to blend a word. For example, BAT, you want your child to say “B” “Ahhhh” “T” then blend it into “BAT” not “Buh” “Ahhh” “Tuh” and then blend it into “Buhatuh”. See the difference? Anyway, I’m sure a quick google search will set you straight 🙂
Or you can even download a nifty little app like this one from SWR (Spell to Write and Read) and carry it on your phone or tablet for a quick review for yourself and then later for your children to use. Finally, our little guy loves this website, and I like that it’s free: starfall.com.
Anyway, improvise away mommas, you don’t have to spend alot of money, or time for that matter. In my humble opinion, a GOOD, STRONG beginning reading program should only last a few minutes a day! I like to do a quick 3-15 minute session (depending on how excited and engaged the child is, 3 is more likely when learning the sounds and 10 to 15-ish later when your child is reading little readers to you). Anyhow, one quick session per day and you’ll have a reader on your hands in no time.
(For sight word instruction, I only spend about a total of 1 to 3 miutes PER DAY, yes you heard right, because I do three sessions of quickly flashing sight words (the wonderful Doman method) and that only lasts about 10 seconds in one sitting, then I’m also accounting for the time to get the child to come over to me and bringing the materials out and putting them away. But we are NOT talking about sight word instruction in this article, today we are focusing on PHONICS instruction, so sorry, maybe we’ll do more on that another time).