Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beginning Readers or the Trouble with Phonics

I've taught three kids to read with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. As one friend of mine noted, however, although it will teach your child to read and contains 100 lessons, the easy part is subject to interpretation.  It's never been exactly easy, and my fourth child to go through the book -- now on lesson 50 -- is making me think there has got to be a better way. At the very least, this child needs a break from this particular book.  He's been alternating between hiding and tears when the reading book comes out.

I don't want him to forget what he has learned though, so I was excited to discover a blast from my past on the web. (I could tell you about the other blast from my past to pop up this week when someone I did not go to high school posted on Facebook that a high school physics teacher I had for one semester was marrying her boyfriend of 40! years -- but that's another story). It really shouldn't surprise me as much as it does that so much great educational stuff is out there free on the web; that so many people have devoted time, effort and money to putting so many resources up.   Sometimes it is surprising though to find things I haven't seen or thought about in 30 years -- like the I See Sam books.

The originals are probably in my parents' basement in Ohio some place, but in the meantime I've printed out several. My son is enjoying the books and unlike the dreaded reading lessons he hides from, he actually asked if I would print out another book this morning.

There are many choices for beginning readers, of course. Bob books, CHC Little Stories for Little Folks, etc. We have those too. But if you want to go old school and/or free -- the Sam books are a fun way to start.


Becky said...

I'm really not in the swing of things with homeschooling but I did teach elementary special ed. I was the one phonics teacher in the school, working with the 7 kids that just weren't getting it with whole language approaches. I had good luck with the Explode the Code series coupled with the Target Spelling by Steck-Vaughn. It works especially well if you want to focus on word families.

Anonymous said...

What a great find! Lucky boy to have a teacher so responsive to his needs :)

Earth Girl said...

What a thrill when a struggling reader finds a book he loves. One twin had severe language deficits, but an old book found at a garage sale changed all that. Your post reminded me of it because my son's book was about Sam, Cowboy Sam by Edna Walker Chandler.

Mary @ A Simple Twist Of Faith said...

I am using the Ordinary Parents Guide from Peace Hill Press. We are on lesson 135.

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