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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Preschool Reading Work

E(3) loves matching pictures to letters!

I decided a couple of weeks ago to try to do one reading activity with E(3) per day (she spends the vast majority of her time playing pretend and looking at books).  E LOVES these reading activities, and after just a couple of days, she actually started reading!   It clicked for her suddenly, and she is SO excited and proud!

These initial consonant cards are one of her favorite works to choose from her shelf.  She has been choosing this work for a few months and always does well with it.  I love it because it has a self-checking feature, so she can do it completely idependently.

To do this work, she labels the picture and puts her finger in the hole of the correct initial consonant.  She then turns the card over to see if she is right.  Fun!

After E(3) figured out how to put the sounds together to read the words, I wrote several word family words with chalk in the driveway.  I "hopped" her from one letter to the next as she said each sound.  Then I plopped her down, and she shouted the word.  So much fun!

I then wrote a sentence and she stepped on each word as she read it.  She was a little distracted at this point and wasn't that into this activity, but this is definitely something we'll do again soon.  She LOVES reading the first 4 BOB books, so I plan to write sentences from these books for her to read.

It's really important to me that she spend most of her time playing pretend, playing outside, and listening to/looking at books.  We spend 15 minutes at the very most on reading activities a day, and we don't work on this everyday.  In contrast, she spent 6 hours outside yesterday playing pretend, climbing, running, walking, exploring, collecting treasures (rocks, fossils, pine straw, dried mud), and experiencing the world.


  1. This is great! Do you mind sharing where you bought the pillows and cards? My problem is that I cannot get my child to focus on the lessons. She would rather play dress-up or dance around. Do byou have thoughts on how you get a little one to focus on her "lesson."

  2. The best moment is THAT moment! :) I am so proud for you both. I have been the one to help my first two learn to read. I can't wait to have that moment with my third baby. :-)

  3. Dear Melissa,

    Thanks for sharing the video of her working - I love how clearly it shows the contrast between how little the adult is speaking and how much silence is left for her to speak aloud and sort out her answers.

  4. Do you have a source for the cards?

  5. I would also love a source for the cards!

  6. Where did you find those cards? Very neat. Thank you.

  7. Those letter cards are great. I love when kids can "self-check." They feel so independent.