Reading requires stamina. I get reminded of that over and over again every time my daughter Jenna(4) reads a Bob Book.
Jenna knows her letters, she knows her sounds, and she can sound out words. But her first time reading any new Bob Book is extremely laborious. Pages 1-2 are great. Then by page 5 she’s rolling around on the couch.
Some teachers would take the “Hold off! She’s not developmentally ready!” approach. My opinion is that 5-10 minutes a day of phonics isn’t going to hurt a four-year-old.
I also know that the second and third time Jenna reads a Bob Book (the next day, and the day after that), she breezes through it. So I don’t think this is about developmental readiness as much as about developing stamina.
Day one of introducing a new book, I’ve got to bring my A-game.
Building words is a good start.
Incentives can work too.
What your seeing up above is what’s in the pumpkin! I went to Target and bought ten items from the dollar spot.
Now, every time Jenna finishes a new book from Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners, she gets to pick a new pumpkin surprise.
Amazingly, her reading stamina has improved over night. 😉
Yes, it’s important to use positive reinforcements with caution. Eventually I want Jenna to read because she loves reading, not because she wants a junky prize from China!
But right now, I want to her practice, practice, practice. I know from experience that by the time Jenna can get through Bob Books Set 3- Word Families, she’ll think reading is a lot of fun.