How I Teach Reading
Ten years ago, when my first child was nearing six years old, I tried a reading program with her that made teaching reading seem like a nightmare.
It was a fairly simple and very inexpensive program, but the way they taught reading was not simple, and my daughter and I both hated it. We were both almost in tears every time we sat down to do a lesson.
As soon as she was reading fairly well, we read some simple books with repetitive phrases, such as Have You Seen My Cat? and a few others.
My third child enjoyed 100 Easy Lessons, and I think we went through half of the book together. After that, our reading time mostly consisted of practicing his reading skills through the Pathway readers.
My Struggling Reader
She just wasn’t getting it. It was so discouraging for us both. I kind of had a fear in the back of my mind that she would never learn to read fluently.
But I never told her that. I just kept encouraging her that she could do it, and in the meantime I began looking into different methods that might help her.
She’s also read through these books, which are always a hit with our kids. I got this set from Heart of Dakota a few years ago, and it’s such a great set!
It includes these titles:
- Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 1
- The Beginner’s Bible
- Owl at Home
- Frog and Toad All Year
- Frog and Toad Are Friends
- Wagon Wheels
- Amelia Bedelia
- Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express
- Prairie School
- First Flight
- Animal Adventures
- The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
- The Courage of Sarah Noble
My youngest has loved using the All About Reading pre-reading program, and we plan to go straight into Level 1 with him this coming fall.
A Special Reading Corner
I rearranged things in our basement and made a little school area where we now have a magnetic white board to use with All About Reading.
It’s not required (I share here how I used a magnetic cake pan at first!) but it does make using the letter tiles a lot easier. We got this mid-year and it has been such a huge help. And I have a place to hang the pre-reading poster, too!
I also love that we have all of our art supplies right at hand, so it’s easier to grab out any supplies we need for that day’s lesson. And I moved our daily calendar down here, too.
All five of my children are now reading fluently! I hope this description of how I teach reading has been helpful to you! 🙂 With my fifth child, I didn’t even bother with 100 Easy Lessons, but we went straight from the AAR Pre-Reading Program to AAR Level 1. We followed that with AAR Level 2.