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 wordsConsequently, 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:

  • imagination
  • a bit of patience
  • some creativity 
  • 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
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

Treasure Hunt (see below)

Treasure Hunt
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.

Clue #2 

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!!!

Clue #3

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 
Vanessa Peters 
Reading Activist, Consultant and Founder
© 2010
To lessen the mystique and complexity 
of the learning to read process, 
the alphabet and letter-sounds relationships 
(intensive phonics) 
is presented as sound pictures, 
musical notes and sound-motions.


Family Literacy Program

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