Teaching someone to read is daunting. Seriously! You are teaching a person to read which leads to them writing, then leads to their value in the world. A girlfriend of mine is going to homeschool but is waiting until first grade becasue she doesn’t want to be responsible for teaching her child to read. I get it. I did just say it is daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Marty is all about the fun in life. He is truly an amazing person (and you can read why I think that HERE). He is a kid at heart and loves to make everything in life the most enjoyable. He Teaches On The Floor and he treats everything as a game. Today he used the sight word flashcards we made as a deck of cards.
Rea had to choose a card from this fanned out deck. She couldn’t see what was written on it. Marty would call out the sight word to her. Rea then had to write the word she just heard on the board without any help. This game was teaching her how to sound out the words via blends and phonetics and then she had to use those to spell the word correctly. Her brain was doing a lot of work this morning. The set up is easy. We used our 3×5″ cards with sight words written on them. She chose various cards and had to spell out the word by sounding it out. She would write the word how she thought it was spelled (or remembered from sight word practice). Once she wrote all the words, Marty made her sound them all out again. He reiterated the rules for vowels (for example, two vowels will create a long vowel and a silent one – Rat / Rate. In Rat, the “a” is short. In Rate, the “a” is long and will sound like the letter A. The “e” becomes silent). If she missed a word with two vowels, she immediately fixed it because she understands the rule.
Why do this? Rea loves to have fun with her dad. Who doesn’t like to have fun? Plus it is Kindergarten. Rea, like other young children, confuses certain letters. It is almost like she is dyslexic but isn’t. She just moves too quickly and doesn’t give her brain time to process it. She confuses the letters: B/D (lowercase), P/Q (lowercase), and S/Z (lowercase). Again, these are all common for her age and I am not freaking out about it. The problem lies only in writing not reading. Using this method of spelling is our preferred method because it pushes her in ways that memorization can not.
What words did she struggle with today? See below.
She circled the sight words she thought were spelled correctly. At this point, she hasn’t seen the words she picked out of the deck of sight word cards. If she seen a word that didn’t look correct, she immediately went to fix it. Marty would tell her what words were correct. This whole process boosted her confidence but also gave her a sense of accomplishment!
There was only one word that she continued to struggle with – “with”. She finally figured it out in the end but it wasn’t before she started to feel like a failure. She is not a fan of doing anything wrong. It is sad and sweet to watch.
How do you teach phonics? Sight words? Spelling? Comment below.