This school year, Alex and Olivia will be doing a combination of preschool and kindergarten work together. At 10 1/2 months apart, they are close enough for me to school them at the same grade level. So we'll be starting with preschool level work and moving on to kindergarten as the year goes on.
One of the top things on their curriculum list for the year is learning how to read. They are excited about this. I am excited about it too, but also a little hesitant.
Isabelle learned to read fairly painlessly. We used a combination of Christian Liberty Press readers and Bob Books. We worked hard and had many sessions that ended in tears for both of us for about a week. Then I loosened up a bit and within a month, everything just clicked for her and she was reading like she'd been doing it all her life.
I would love to have a repeat of that experience, minus the first week of crying of course. But I'm not getting my hopes up. I have heard many times that teaching a boy to read is a much different process than teaching a girl to read. So, I'm just trying to be realistic. I want to be optimistic, but I'm also prepared for a possible struggle.
We do have one thing going for us though - our kids love books! They love being read to and they all can sit with a pile of books and look through them for hours without complaint. Alex already claims that he can read. He can't, but he does recognize a word or two every now and then. I am counting on this love of books to really boost the learning process.
My plan for now is to start with simple letter recognition and printing, move on to simple word and letter combination recognition and printing, and then slowly introduce the early readers. I haven't decided which early readers to use yet though. I would love some suggestions if you have any. And I am more than open to any other tips or ideas you may have for me. Is teaching a boy to read really that different from teaching a girl to read?
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