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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaching Kids to Read {TIPsters}

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Okay, right off the bat, let me tell you that none of my children are full fledged readers. So today I'm simply going to share some ideas, tools, and posts that have been helpful for me as I help my children on their journey to reading.

In a nutshell, the journey to reading starts with learning to identify the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that they make. Be sure to check out all of our Alphabet Ideas. If you're looking for an easy way to help kids learn letters and sounds, you may also want to check out the Letter Factory DVD, all of our kids love it! Also follow our Alphabet Activities board to keep up with all the great ideas we come across on the web.

Once children know the letters and the sounds they make, they begin to work on combining letters to make different sounds and words. This is where our oldest, Emahry, is right now. She loves sounding out words and has started reading though Set 1 of the Bob Books.

We've also been working on the Pre-Primer and Primer sets of Dolch sight words to help her develop into a fluent reader. I've been making some fun printable pages for sight words that I hope to share soon.

Here are some other activities that we've tried and enjoyed:

:: Sight Word Cube and Magna Doodle from Life With My Giggly Girls

:: Phonics Flip Book from Kids Activities Blog

:: The You Can Read Program from 1+1+1=1

And here are a handful of posts that give lots of great ideas for teaching kids to read:

:: What to do After Kids Learn their ABC’s: Next Steps to Reading from Teach Mama

:: Teach Your Child to Read from A-Z from Playdough to Plato

:: 10 Ways to Learn Sight Words through Play from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

:: 10 Steps to Teaching Your Child to Read from I Can Teach My Child

Also, be sure to follow our Teach Me To Read board for a lot more activities and inspiration.

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Blogger Megan@Whimsically Homemade said...

Thanks for the tips! Going to start working with my daughter on them.

Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Lauren @ mercy(INK) said...

These are great, Allyson! Our goal is to have the oldest reading by the end of the school year, so these are all a big help :) Thanks so much for linking up with our Heart&Home group at mercyINK - I'll be featuring you on Tuesday! :)


August 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great resources. I love teaching my kids to read. It is so fun and easy if you have the right tools. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

August 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM  

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