This post is sponsored by ABC Reading Eggs
My son is 5 years old and he is one of those active kids who just never sits down. I mean NEVER.
He is a lovely lovely boy, but he has hard time focusing on something he is not interested in. Even if I catch his attention it only lasts for seconds.
At the end of the summer, I decided it's time for him to start learning how to read and let me tell you it's a challenging road.
I have loaded up myself with lots of great advice and materials. First, I've tried all the things I did with my first child, who was super easy to teach how to read.
Here are few things that we have tried. At the end of the post I am sharing what worked the best so far.
1. Read books aloud.
We have been reading books aloud. We read at home every day at least for 2o minutes.
I am lucky to have an older child who LOVES reading, so she has been a HUGE help those days when my husband or I can't pick up a book a read loud.
2. Do fun activities that help to learn how to read
We are doing fun activities that help to learn how to read
- We spell words on the sand at the beach (we live nearby)
- We ask to point to certain letters (or words) while we are in the grocery store or even walking on the street.
- We play rhyming games, especially while in the car. For example, I start by saying "Sam loves ... " or "Carrot likes ....." or "Pan is like a .....". Kids have to end my sentence with a word that rhymes with Sam, carrot, pan, etc.
- We play TIC TAC TOE reading game with sticky notes.
3. Be a good example and read books often
I try to be a good example and read books often.
I usually don't make a big deal out if, I just pick a book and sit quietly on the couch and start reading. I never ask kids to join me nor I never tell them that 'hey, I am going to read a book'. This usually does the trick. 5 minutes later, my oldest daughter is sitting by my side with her book. This hack hasn't really worked on my son yet. Still working on it.
4. Follow his interests
We have been trying to follow his interests.
Finding a way to nurture the child's interest in reading is the most important part in learning how to read.
Learning how to read doesn't have to be boring and extremely difficult.
Learning how to read can be fun and easy.
Why I love ABC Reading Eggs. With so many educational apps out there it's hard to say which one is good or bad, especially if you are not an educator. I had instant trust when I saw that ABC Reading Eggs is based on up-to-date research on how children learn to read. This was the most important part for me.
Why my son loves ABC Reading Eggs. Obviously, it's the fun part! He thinks the whole experience it's just a fun game. Which is incredible!
This is a paid post for ABC Reading Eggs. As aways, opinions expressed in this post are my own.