Teaching new tricks?
In an ideal world teaching a child to read
(as well as teaching an adult to read)
would involve teaching the mechanics of
reading ONLY using phonics from
preschool through first grade.
But what about struggling readers, both child and adult whose initial exposure to reading consisted of non-sound out reading strategies, like memorizing sight words? Consequently, these strategies have created a massive population of frustrated, humiliated reading challenged citizens that oftentimes consist of entire households and families! For struggling readers or those with learning disabilities that are a direct result of how they were incorrectly taught how to read, can their learning behaviors, attitudes and negative feelings toward reading and self-worth be changed? The good news is that an all-inclusive family literacy program, (which includes reading behavior modification or rehabilitation) is both affordable and effective and if approached as a group effort will most definitely change attitudes and behaviors toward reading.
Can you afford private schooling?
YES YOU CAN … As a matter of fact, everyone can afford to introduce your their child to a quality private (home) school, one-on-one, learning to read phonics experience. After achieving a solid understanding of phonics, all you need are:
- AND everyday household items
think of household items as learning props chair shelf table cup furniture
How to create an in-home family literacy center
ACTIVITIES for literacy lesson plans
•Featured sounds or words of the day / week •Concept of left versus right: ‘in versus on’ : ‘up versus down’ •Have child listen for sound(s) ... TV, radio, conversations, in public •Look for written sound in: books, mail, newspapers, magazine, on food containers •Peak hole Finder: can use toy magnifying glass, binoculars or any kind of child-safe tube type device to search for featured sounds or letters in books, magazines, (buildings, signs during car, bus, train or cab trips) •Sound Strips: create (letter/word) sound lists, tape to walls •Sound Islands: write sounds/words on paper (child can hop from one to the next)
TOOLS for phonics activities
•copy paper •scrap paper •Index / note cards •newspapers •magazines •books •food boxes / cans *anything with written text •envelope backs *junk mail / bills
TOYS for making learning fun
•Bowling ball set (plastic) to play bowling for sound(s) games ... (tape featured sound(s) or words on pins) •Basketball hoop + sponge ball ... (to take a sound shot)
GAMES as phonics lesson plans
make home-made games with index cards or paper scraps
•Concentration •Bingo •Go-fish •Treasure Hunt (see below)
Pre K fun Activity
This 3-card game can be used by writing words & pasting picture clues on index or post cards
Clue #1: Hand this Card to the child
NOTE: The child should be able to read the word ‘on’ and ‘in’— and by the picture clue figure out where to locate the next clue. The 2nd clue should be placed on a chair within your home.
The third clue should be hidden inside a strategically placed but obvious cup.
The clue inside the cup should direct the child to place of the treasure!!!
In this treasure hunt instance, the hidden treasure should be found somewhere ‘on’ the toy chest.
(The hidden treasure could be a toy, money, candy or something of interest).
*Older children love treasure hunts as well – can create more sophisticated narrative hunts using spelling words from phonics wordlists, lesson plan themes or current stories.
Feel free to contact me requesting samples of treasure hunts for older children.
Family Literacy Training Program
Reading Activist, Consultant and Founder
To lessen the mystique and complexity
of the learning to read process,
the alphabet and letter-sounds relationships
is presented as sound pictures,
musical notes and sound-motions.