Sunday, March 15, 2009

Teaching and Learning to Read With The Scriptures and Book of Mormon

Reading scriptures has been wonderful for teaching our kids how to read.

With Curious we have him watch as we point to the words and say them one by one and have him repeat the word, for his verse. In this way he is learning sight words Glen Doman style.

With Hugs we started with the phrase "and it came to pass" in the beginning chapters of the Book of Mormon that phrase is repeated significantly more then any other phrase. This was a good practice in increasing Hugs's confidence, when called on to read she would just rattle "and it came to pass" off with confidence. Thankfully the book changes the phrase around so it does not always use the exact same words or order. This kept Hugs on her toes and required her to read the words. Once comfortable with the AICTP phrase we would then find the individual words in the phrase and have Hugs read those words as we passed them in our reading. In this way we familiarized her with them as sight words. Over time we added in more sight words, one at a time. Now Hugs is confidently reading most of the sight words n her verse, and started onto the 3-5 letter words that follow the short value phonics rules. In this step by step way we can see Hugs increase in her reading ability.

Angelic, being our oldest daughter was the one we worked the most with reading. It would be too long of a list to go over all the different ways we taught reading. Needless to say allot of effort was put into it. But the mind focus was always to keep it a fun game, never drilling and boring. Angelic always loved learning new things, and school time. School has always been quality one on one time with mama.

Tumbelina saw Angelic reading, and us praising her. We did simpler versions of learning to read lessons with her. I love leap frog videos, they are excellent. But she just decided she wanted to read like Angelic one day. She would pick up books, and fumble through reading them, then bring them to me whenever she had a question. Honestly she is largely self taught.

Tumbelina can confidently read the scriptures out loud, with very minimal help from us. Angelic can read the scriptures will no help, clearly, and at a good pace.

Angelic should be in fourth grade and has just finished reading The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis. She just picked it up one day and started reading.

It is amazing to see how well my kids read. I LOVE what Holt has to say in How Children Fail and How Children Succeed. My kids fit this pattern well, a child can teach them selves how to read, especially with good support from parents.


1 comment:

  1. I love that your girls are doing so well with reading! There are whole other worlds just waiting to be discovered for them.