Teaching Reading is Easier Than You Think!
Teaching Reading Made Easy is a guest post by Meeghan at Sight and Sound Reading.
It is easier than you think to teach reading. I always used to think that teaching someone to read would be a challenging experience. I never imagined my mother would prove to me it is actually very simple. This is the story of how I taught my daughter to read…
Five years ago I wanted to help teach my daughter to read. My mother was a reading teacher for over thirty years. I naturally asked her if she had any advice for me. I did not expect the answer I received. She told me she could help me and she went down into her basement and she pulled out several large boxes. I thought she was just pulling out materials she used in her classroom, but instead she pulled out an ENTIRE BEGINNING READING CURRICULUM she had written. After she retired she was bored and lonely and she decided she wanted to help reach more children learn to read… “the old fashioned way”. She typed everything on an early Macintosh computer and (thankfully) printed out everything. There were thousands of papers.
I sorted through everything with her and, in the weeks that followed, I taught my daughter to read. It was very easy, and my first child was always eager to read and practice. She felt confident and loved reading. (She still does love reading).
It was so simple and so amazing that I decided that we should put the entire program online. I retyped and formatted everything and I looked for an illustrator, the only piece that was missing. This is how Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading began.
I have since taught 2 other children to read. My seven year old was a struggling reader. She struggled with phonics, and many times I wonder if she has dyslexia. The program is structured to give children confidence. A reader who is confident loves to read. (Struggling readers do not like to read and are not confident with reading). You can start the program using our phonics materials, or our sight word reading program. I usually suggest the sight word reading program because I believe it gives children confidence. This is how I helped my struggling reader. I suggest doing Days 1-15 or so using the sight word program and then introducing our explicit phonics program where children sound out words and form sentences. Phonics is taught throughout the sight word program and added practice using our phonics materials gives the program a home-run easy and successful way of doing things. I also suggest that you can add in word ladders/word families to help your little one with fluency in phonics/reading.
The explicit, slow, repetitive instruction is great for struggling readers. It really gives added confidence to those who once struggled with reading. I feel the greatest joy when I receive letters from struggling readers who we have helped.
I currently am teaching my five year old to read. While he loves to show he can read, some days he is a little rambunctious. On these days I add in some fun materials: color by letter/color by sight word worksheets, and other fun phonics worksheets. It has been nice because I make worksheets to help my children and then offer them to others too!
Anyway, teaching reading is easier than you think. Let me know how I can help you and your child achieve success.
~Meeghan, Sight and Sound Reading