Learning to read is by far one of the greatest accomplishments of a person’s life. Yet, so often we tend to take this amazing feat for granted. As a homeschool mother, with each of my children I seemingly sweat bullets every time it came to teach them how to read. I guess I realized all too well how vital this ability was to their future success in school. Consequently, on the flip side of that…. is the realization that when taught phonemic awareness on a regular basis the child will eventually read when they are ready. It took me just six kids to realize that one!
When I begin to teach a little one how to read I always start with the basics. Here is a simple timeline of my process for providing them with pre-reading skills.
1) Start with basic letter recognition
2) Build to letter sound recognition
3) Teach consonant and vowels
4) Build to consonant and vowel blends
5) Teach children how to make ABC order
6) Build to consonant blends
7) Teach children how to decode words ( short sound, long sound, special sounds)
- Decoding practice worksheets (free downloadable workbook)
8) Introduce short words
- Decoding practice worksheets II ( free download)
- Syllable decoding
- Construct a word
- Reading comprehension
9) Build on that!