Ethan is doing really well with his reading in school and I am so pleased to see the delight in his face as he sounds out the words and puts sentences together. Is there anything more exciting than the newness of discovering how cool reading is?
He was sent home a worksheet of words that we needed to work on as a family with him. They are words that he needs to know and be able to read by the end of the school year. I was sitting down with him and pointing to words and he would say them. We did this for a couple of days and he looked up at me and told me, “Mom, this is so boring!” You know what? He was right! I was bored too and the task seemed like a chore.
The next day that he came home, I told him that I wrote him a note just for him. In it, were words from the list that he needed to recognize. He came back downstairs and told me “Mom, I don’t know those words.” I gave him a pat on the back and told him, “Just read my note and you can sound it out while you eat lunch.”
I went down to fold a load of laundry and he came running down the stairs, grinning from ear to ear. “Mom, I know what it says!” He then recited my note word for word.
We have made a pact to do this each day and I will write him a new note just for him.
As teachers, we sometimes have to be more creative than pointing and reciting. It has now become our fun little game that I hope he will remember for years to come!
Do you have any fun ways you have taught your children about reading or writing?