I am proud to announce that we have one more reader in the family-- Tank! I am so very proud of my big-but-little-4.5yo guy!
This last week we started Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (see link in my sidebar) and finished 12 lessons in one week. Every time he read a word correctly, he'd excitedly suck in his breath and clap his hands. Words cannot adequately express how cute and amazing he is-- and how my heart melts when he'd clap for himself. You'd think he just won a million dollars or something! I must admit that I had my work cut out for me since he already knew all of his letter sounds before we started (thanks to Leapfrog's Letter Factory DVD). Plus our lessons are extra short since we leave out the writing part of 100 Easy Lessons.
What I love the most about this book is that the lessons are short enough for their limited attention spans. It is also fully scripted-- so it tells you exactly what to say and when. It even tells you what to do! So no advanced planning or prep work is necessary...you just pick up the book and get going. The biggest bonus by far has to be that they are reading real words within the first week!!! Talk about a sense of accomplishment!
Another little incentive I cooked up for him was to create a 100's chart. Actually it started with 0 and went to 100 (in Math-U-See fashion). So every 10th number was green and number 100 was in large, bold, very red print. After each lesson, Tank is allowed to place a small sticker on the number that corresponds to the lesson we finished. When he reaches a green number he and his big brother get a small treat like a piece of gum or candy. When he finishes Lesson 100 we ALL get to go to Chuck E. Cheese! I used this same technique with Dash and it worked wonders-- so well, actually, that he never made it to 100. After Lesson 80 I couldn't bear to keep him "dumbed down" by forcing him to read the stories in the book when he could read real books instead. So there was no CEC for him since he never reached 100-- just don't tell him that, okay? He has yet to make that connection!
Oh and we make a very big BIG deal about getting his own library card at the end as well.
HIP-HIP-HOORAY FOR TANK!!!