I've been using the book, The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise (Classical Homeschooling method guru). It's great, because everything is scripted out for the parent who has never taught a child how to read before. I don't do as many repetitions as Wise recommends because my daughter just gets bored with it. We recite the "poems" like rap songs sometimes to make it more fun! My favorite part is that there are no goofy games added in as filler and fluff. I just don't like that kind of stuff. Yes, learning should be fun and engaging, but not just busywork. My daughter needs to know that what she's learning has a point and a value to it. She spends plenty of other time playing.
However, there are a few education games in the book as optional activities that are pretty fun! One is "Mix and Match Words." Here's how you can do it yourself:
Take 12 notecards and cut them in half width-wise (so you have 24 cards 3" by 2 1/2"
With one colored marker, write the following combinations on 8 of the cards (one combination per card):
- ip, in, ib, it, im, id, ig, ix
- These are word ending cards
- b, d, f, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, w, y, z
- These are beginning letter cards
Now, take the word ending card with it written on it and put it in front of your child. Then gather these beginning letters: s, h, f, b, k, l, p. Turn them over so that you can't see what's written on it. Have your child pick one and put it in front of the word ending card and read the word she made. If she reads it correctly, she gets the card; if not, it goes back in the "upside down" pile of beginning letters. Keep playing until your child has "won" all the beginning letters.
Here are other combinations to use:
- it with s, h, f, b, k, l, p
- ig with b, d, f, j, p, w
- id with k, l, d, h, r
- im with d, h, r
- ib with b, r, f
- in with p, f, b, s, w, k, t, d
- ip with l, r, s, t, h, d, n, z, y
- ix with s, f, m
This is a fun game to play, and you can add to it with 3 letter words made with the other four short vowel sounds.