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Who am I? What are my qualifications? Get to know me

a bit better as I share with you my history of education.


Ready or Not

Readiness is not a myth! If your child isn't ready to learn to
read and you try to force the issue you'll both quit and be left
with a sour taste for reading and learning in general.


How To Do It?

Here are the basics of phonics, how to teach it,
what NOT to do, and handwriting tips.


Getting Down To Business

Practice, practice, practice! Your child is ready to begin decoding words!


Let's Read!        

At this point, your child is ready to read. The biggest factor in whether
or not he will excel at reading is the extent to which his confidence is boosted.

Sight Words

Aside from phonics there are several words in the English
language that can be read from memory alone.


A Word On Spelling

Here is a simple yet very effective way to teach spelling,
punctuation, and handwriting all in one step! In a word?  Copywork!


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Ready Or Not! Here I Come!


             When I was a kid we played hide and seek. When whomever was "It" had counted to 100, we yelled out, "Ready or not! Here I come!". I think it's unfortunate that many parents approach their teaching of reading with the same ferocity. Some believe that there is a certain age, a magic number, when all children should know how to read. Certainly by 5? or 6 or 7 years old? While it's true that most children can and do learn to read by the age of 5 or 6, it's not the end of the world if they don't!

          I think it bears repeating that a parent should never, ever, ever try to FORCE a child to learn to read. It simply can't be done. I am not  referring to training issues, or struggles of will but rather ABILITY. Many children balk at the initial idea of learning to read. My second child really didn't want to at first. After some snuggly times, he confessed his fear of me not reading to him anymore if he learned to read for himself. Once he was assured of that not happening he was less apprehensive about starting.

I have mixed feelings about the use of rewards in teaching (other than verbal affirmation and praise). If you have a particularly hard case though, it just might do the trick. After I promised Joshua his own library card once he knew the sounds of every letter, he couldn't WAIT to start. Owning a library card with his name on it was big stuff. For our daughter, a sheet of stickers for each letter mastered seems to be just the thing.

There are a few things you can look at to see if your child is truly ready to learn to read. Don't be too rigid and think that he must be able to do everything on this list. It's a just a guideline - a good place to start.


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