Last night my toddler read his first two words. We’d spent a few minutes in the afternoon playing what I named “The Almond Game” — an Egg Carton Reading game based on the book, Teach Your Child to Read in 10 Minutes a Day by Sidney Ledson (#afflink).
I had bought this book a year ago, when my then-two-year-old said he wanted to learn to read. We didn’t really do much with it at the time, but since we started working on letter recognition, I did bring it back out this week. And what a difference a year makes. It was impressive to see my son process the sounds and read two words on his first day of “lessons.”
Anyways, I’ve shared some “teaching reading” resources at the end of this post, but please first enjoy my poem inspired by my son’s new milestone (beginning to read). This bookworm mama is proud 🙂
Making Sense of Words
Letters and sounds
lines and curves
cover the pages of books.
A secret language
unreachable, unintelligible —
for the illiterate child.
Picture books are well and good
but nothing compares to
cuddling up with a good book
and letting the words come alive.
The desire to learn is there,
the goal to decode those mysterious
black and white lines
marching across page after page.
The letter’s name is not its sound
As the animal, a cow, says “moo”…
the letter U says “uhhh.”
What tricky business, separating
names from sounds — unlearning
the alphabet to learn how to
sound out the foreign words
comprised of familiar letters.
But success comes quickly for the young,
a glow of pride spreads from ear to ear
as not one, but two first words
are sounded out — independently.
“Uhh” …”Puh.” Up. Pup.
High fives awarded all around
my young reader beams
excited that the world of words
has finally been decoded —
the world of books is his.
Here are some resources for teaching little ones how to read. Links will open in a new window for your convenience. Also, make sure to check out my Learning + Education Pinterest Board for more ideas.
- Teach Your Child to Read in 10 Minutes a Day by Sidney Ledson (#afflink)
- Egg Carton Reading game
- Leaping Frogs Homemade Reading Game
- 6 Ways to Use Poetry With Kids
- Alphabet Walk + Scavenger Hunt
- Tot School at Wildflower Ramblings
- Caterpillars + Butterflies (A-Z Unit Studies)
- Teach Your Kids to Read: 25 Reading Tips + Activities
- 30 Fun Ways to Learn Sight Words
- Lego Alphabet Letter Cards (Printable) – Uppercase + Lowercase
- Early Literacy – Uppercase Letter Recognition
What About You?
Do you have any tips for cultivating the love of reading? Maybe a tried and true way of teaching sight recognition? I would love for you to share in the comments.
As for me, I’m looking forward to continuing to cultivate my son’s love of reading. Maybe “bookworm” is a nickname that will be generational 🙂 — based on how much he loves “reading” the pictures of books he knows, I’m thinking yes.