Thursday, March 31, 2011

Aaaaand She's OFF!

Susanna has aced the "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons"
That means the book is all Olivia's!
She's been waiting for quite a while now, and because I didn't let her start
while Sue was still working through it, she resorted to teaching herself what she could.
"Mom, how do you spell...?"

Strangely, now that we have officially started the book together I find
the girl is bored out of her mind!
Doesn't take kindly to all the repetitive rhyming and saying words slowwwwly and fast.
It's not a game.
It's not fun.
She's heard it all before when Sue did it.
And I am going to kill reading to make her jump through all the hoops
just because that's the program.

Today I decided to make that book work for ME instead.
I let Olivia skip all the exercises and just say the sounds and a few words
until we got to a list of words and THAT made her little heart go pitter-pat!
I especially enjoyed how she wanted to give me a sentence for each word she read:

"SEED... I have a seed I am going to plant!"


"SEE... I can see it and YOU can't!  That's bragging, isn't it mom?"

We made it to the first "story" with accompanying picture in lesson 13
and that just tickled her SO much.  Perhaps now we can slow back down
to the books intended pace.  But if not, that's okay.
That book has been a super resource for me, but as with any tool we use in
helping our children to learn new things we must not forget that we are trying
to LEARN something, not complete a checklist.
So... whatever you use, don't be a slave to it.  make it work for YOU!


SarahS said...

Love it:) It's so fun how they all learn differently. Makes life more interesting for us mamas, lol.

When Brannon reads words he loves to demonstrate each one with descripitives, sounds and hand motions. Reading a list of words this way can take a very long time, so after we've read a list through with all the demonstrations he has to read them without :)

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Isn't it funny what one kiddo will love and another won't even get. My boys were like this, had one that loved repetition and one who would sound out the same word e.v.e.r.y. time. The title 'learning to read in 100 easy steps' sounds interesting though.

Cinnamon said...

I love that book. We started it this year with two of my children. They are almost done with it and reading.

Since I've used this book with most of my children I never do all the exercises. You are so right to just whisk her along, making it work for her. Reading is a joy :-)

Good job Momma~ Cinnamon