I am so excited to share this guest post from Mrs. Warde of Sceleratus Classical Academy! Mrs. Warde is a wife, mother of three, and homeschooler. She’s also my co-pinner for our STORY OF THE WORLD board on Pinterest.
A few years ago I taught my oldest child, then 4 years old, to read. Apparently my younger son was paying attention. At 2 years 4 months old he surprised me with correctly identifying the name and sound of every letter.
I did not know what to do with that until I thankfully stumbled across Teaching My Baby to Read. I looked at all Jen had written and decided to get the LeapFrog Word Builder Toy. It was a big hit with both my boys. I let my 2 year old play with it as much or as little as he wanted.
My two-year-old played with the toy for five months and then one day he said “I spelled the word ‘bed!’ B-buh, e-eh, d-duh, spells bed!” I looked at the toy and sure enough he had spelled the word “bed” on the level that tells you what you spelled. I praised him up and down and all through that day and the next he kept repeating how to spell bed and name the letters and sound they made. On the third day he said “I spelled the word ‘red’!” And the toy was off.
A week and a half later he read 40 CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) word flash cards that I showed him. I let him start playing MoreStarfall.com on his own. Some things he wanted help with, some he did not. He watched his big brother play, too.
By his 3rd birthday he could read almost any CVC word he came across. The ones he had difficulty with were the ones he did not hear in real life a lot (seriously, who says the word “sat” very much?) He also started memorizing some sight words, all on his own.
Next, based on recommendations from Teaching My Baby to Read I got the LeapFrog: Talking Words Factory video. By the time it arrived in the mail it was mostly review for him, but at the end it introduced the concept of consonant blends.
I admit, I panicked. Typical three year olds are not “supposed” to be reading at a first grade level! I contacted Jen since this was partially her fault and she was very helpful. 🙂 I found a group of parents at the Well Trained Mind Forum, Accelerated Learner’s Board who had been there, done that and they were a huge help, too.
It’s been two years and some days I’m used to it, sometimes I’m not. I’m thankful I’m homeschooling. He’s working alongside his brother doing 2nd grade work (except in math,) reading at an even higher level, but he wouldn’t be starting kindergarten until the fall if I were to put him in public school. And I am very thankful for the advice I found on Jen’s blog that helped me help my early learner.
Want to find out more about Mrs. Warde’s homeschooling adventures? Head on over to Sceleratus Classical Academy.