When three letter words make your heart sing
January 7th, 2013
I knew that the process of learning to read would be exciting for Miss Mouse, but I didn’t realize I’d get such a vicarious thrill out of it.
At the suggestion of Miss Mouse’s teacher, she and I have begun (almost) nightly reading lessons using a book recommended by said teacher. It’s called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and is basically a modified phonics program. It uses a methodology called DISTAR and uses a variety of activities — from sound repetition to writing to sight reading — to introduce the concept of reading.
It took a few attempts to get Miss Mouse interested. I think she balked because the first few lessons were too easy for her. She’s known her alphabet for ages and the introductory lessons didn’t capture her attention.
But then I introduced a “reading chart” to measure our progress. Each time we complete a lesson, she puts a sticker on the chart. After 10 stickers, she gets a new book. By the time we’re through, she’ll have ten new books and will (theoretically) be reading them herself. Seemed like a good deal to me!
Between the promise of new books and foraying into slightly more difficult lessons, Miss Mouse is on a roll. She actually reminds me each night that it’s time for us to read together. It’s an activity we save for after Buggie is in bed and it’s special mommy-daughter time (which she treasures).
Last night, she sounded out her first solo word – “mat” – and I darn near cried. Books are such a huge part of our world and I am thrilled that she’ll be able to explore them on her own soon.