Hello friend, welcome back to Azy Reading Journey website. That is Azy sitting in the chair with the book. Well, it looks like he is stuck on first DVD in Lesson 1 of the Reading program for now. At this time his mother does not have a set time to teach him, so that is also contributing to him not settling down. He still loves to listen to the Alphabet Train, sometimes he follows along nicely with the DVD and others times he walks away or he is playing with his toys. Do you teach Kids to read? How has that been going, is it working?
Reading Activities For Preschoolers
Since Azy’s mother is unavailable to teach him at this time, I will be filling in and working with Azy to get him on a schedule. In order for me to follow him on his reading journey, it is important for him have a steady routine so that he can do some reading activities at the same time every day.
That is the only way we can truly measure his progress and know if the program is really working. In addition, a regular routine needs to be in place so that I will have something to write about.
Ok, I spent some time teaching Azy. We will be following the suggested weekly viewing schedule in the instruction manual. We started out watching the DVD, we went through the part with the alphabet.
He did very well in recognizing the letters and going along with the DVD. This was not surprising, because he is going to daycare and was already learning that. He also did well with recognizing the pictures on the flashcards. You can learn more about the reading system here.
He identified one baby clapping but was not unable to identified that another baby was sleeping. He identified the girl smiling, the girl with the backpack, the boy, the buffalo, turtle, cow and a leaf.
Again, he is learning these at daycare, so it was not a surprise. The next step was to use the phonics book and then the printable worksheet. However, he started to get restless so I stopped. Do you teach Kids to read, are you familiar with this?
Four-Steps Learning System
Little Champion Reader is a four-step learning system, learn, study, read and practice. See more here.
So based on my understanding, the goal is to use the DVD to allow Azy to learn the letters and associate them with something, for example, B is for boy.
The next step, study is to recognize the information on the flashcard, followed by reading the words and sentences in the phonics book, then finish with practice, using the printable worksheets to reinforce what he learned on the DVD.
There are multiple printable work sheets, one is to be used to say and trace the letters of the alphabet. Azy started doing that at daycare a few weeks ago. The other work sheets have sentences to fill in the missing words.
I do not expect him to understand this part yet. Not to worry, everything should begin to fall into place when he starts doing it every day and becomes more familiar with the materials. This is a learning process, so even though Azy is off to a slow start, I am expecting good results.
In using the Hooked on Phonics that had cassettes instead of DVD, I saw how the cassettes helped kids focused more because they would be listening to the tape while following along with the flashcards. Then again, some kids might lose interest. However, I believe kids can learn with the cassettes or the DVD. The goal is to find a program that works.
Activities To Improve Reading Skills
I am learning that Azy loves music, when I am taking him to daycare, he wants to listen to the songs on the radio. Sometimes when you sing instead of speak, he responds quicker. If you sing A is for Apple, he responds quicker than if you say it. Azy has a drum set, a piano and a guitar and he use them often.
So, learning set to music will work well in teaching him. He loves to watch educational programs or shows with music. Like the Hooked on Phonics that I used with my kids; Little Champion Reader is set to music but it is slower.
You can read more about the Hooked on Phonics that we used here.
Azy also loves rhyming words, very often you hear him singing the songs and nursery rhymes that he is learning at daycare. So, using word families will prove useful in his learning experience.
The phonics books in program that we are using have rhyming words. When he is ready to sit longer and watch the DVD, he will be using the phonics books to reinforce what he saw on the DVD.
Magnetic letters are another of his favorite, there are letters and numbers on the refrigerator and he goes there often to play with them. As time goes on, we can incorporate these in the learning process by asking him to identify and select different letters and numbers. Eventually, he can put the letters and number in order, and start spelling words.
Test Their Knowledge
When we take Azy to the store, we usually asked him where he is and knows if he at Walmart or Publix. He can identify MacDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and Wendy’s and he knows which ones sell chicken. He can tell you where to turn to take him to daycare, and to take him home.
Therefore, based on his awareness and knowledge I believe that he is more than ready to start learning to read. What he needs now is a schedule so that he can get more familiar with the reading program.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Azy’s reading journey. I am looking forward to seeing him settle down and start enjoying more than the Alphabet Train.
I am also looking forward to hearing what you think about teaching kids to read.
Maybe you do not have any kids of your own, but you might have nieces, nephews or other some other small kids in your life.
Thanks for the visit.
More to come.
Hello, my name is Jackie. My family members and I are teaching my grandson Azy to read and I am writing about the challenges and the joy that comes from doing so. My goal is to write articles that will encourage and help parents and others who want to do the same for their kids or other children. Thanks for travelling along with us. Blessings, Jackie
10 thoughts on “Do You Teach Your Kids To Read – How is it Going?”
I like that you are tuning in to the things that he enjoys and making sure to stop/take breaks when he gets restless. Reading should be fun! I’m excited to follow along with Azy’s journey towards learning to read. 🙂
I agree that reading should be fun. So, it is best to do what it takes to make sure he is enjoying the materials.
Very interesting read – as you’ve said it’s important to adapt your teaching style to what works best for the child. Looking forward to reading more of your articles!
Thank you, Mohammad,
Yes, I believe it is important to do what it takes to make sure that the child is enjoying the materials and keep learning fun to prevent them from getting bored and discouraged.
Thank you for this post. I have a 10-month old baby boy, and we read a bedtime story every evening. We have a lot of books at home, and I am confident he will also love to read like my partner and I do. I haven’t think about how exactly am I going to teach him to read, but this post really gave me good points on how to start. I am glad that I stumbled across this.
Have a nice day.
You are welcome Katja, I am glad that you learned something from the post.
I believe that you are doing the right thing by reading different books to your baby at this age.
As you continue to read to him, I also believe that it will help him to develop a love for reading and will love to read like your partner and you do. As time goes by you will figure out what to do next.
Very interesting article on teaching kids to read. I remember way back when I learned how to read, how my teacher would use what we called phonetics at the time. It all came to life for me when she showed me how that worked. I like how when you set words to music, the child seems to be more into it, and seems to learn more quickly. Perhaps that technique should be utilized in schools. I don’t believe though when I was coming up that pre schools attempted to teach us how to read. Seems that today, kids are introduced to learning alphabet, and reading at an earlier age than ever before. Never too early to start, I suppose. Thanks for sharing, Tom
You are welcome Tom, thanks to taking the time to read the post. Isn’t it interesting that reading was more fun when you understood what was going on?
Yep, words set to music can produce results I believe this is because it involves movements and will keep kids active.
Times has changed and I believe that kids are being introduced to the alphabet at a younger age now.
Very informative article! It’s funny how kids learn and memorize more when we include some melody in the process.
Parents should always try to understand how their children behave with different learning materials. If something doesn’t grab their interest, it’s wise to try another strategy.
I am sure that Azy’s reading abilities will improve a lot by following a schedule.
Thank you Stefan
Yes, it is funny how melody helped with the reading process. I believe that it is because children like to be entertained. I agree that parents should try to understand the children’s’ reaction to the learning materials. By do so, they can try something else to prevent the children from losing interest.
I agree that following a schedule will definitely help to improve Azy’s reading abilities.