I ran across your blog today as someone recommended that I buy BOB books for my daughter. [S.] is 3.5, has known her letters since she was 1 and is now to the point where she can spell by sounding out words like dad, mom, pop, fox etc…(simple words that follow the standard rules) I am just lost on where to go next. I know she is capable of so much! and I want to continue to encourage her. I am lost as I am not sure how to tackle things like TH, CH, BR, OO, OU, Silent E, when certain letters make different sounds like A or E or C….and the list goes on, and it’s all so confusing. I am sooo extremely happy that she has the basics down but I’m stuck…….Any suggestions?
Hello, and welcome to TRWBB! You seem to have quite the budding reader on your hands.
It sounds like your child has picked up the basics fairly effortlessly. This will probably continue on its own. At this age, the question is really whether or not the child is expressing a desire to learn more. I never, never push reading on children under five, but many of them ask to learn, and that is where we come in.
If I had a child in this situation, the first thing I would do is sit down with Bob Books Set 1 and read. You can look through the Reading Lessons by Day category for ideas on what to do with them. (Day 1 is always an introduction to the first book of the first set, and after that each student progresses at their own pace–Neighbor M. has been my fastest student since I began this blog.)
My hunch is that in order to read these early books, your child will only require instruction in sight words. That makes it easy and fun! Each book only uses one or two sight words, so they are challenging without being overwhelming. You may want to read recent my post A Method to the Madness: Teaching Sight Words.
In the Teaching Tips section, you will find ideas on how to teach specific sight words or sounds. For instance, you asked about teaching the th sound, and I introduced the digraph th recently to Daughter A. I have filed all the digraphs, diphthongs, and word endings so far in Teaching Tips, but notice that they each also have their own category. If you are looking for something specific, choosing a more specific category like Digraphs might help. I reference these tips as I go along, so typically following along in the lesson plans is the easiest way to use this sight.
I can see why your friend suggested Bob Books for your child. Sometimes all that our children need or want to learn can be overwhelming for us, and we can’t decide where to start. Bob Books solves that problem, by helping us babystep in the right direction.
Since you are new to this blog, I’d highly suggest reading the Are You New Here? page in order to familiarize yourself with how the lessons work, what supplies you need in order to use this method in your own home, and where to start.
Learning to read tends to be a slow, methodical process. Children learn bit by bit until, suddenly, they don’t need our help any longer (well, at least not very often). Every child learns at a different speed, but what they all have in common is that they shut down when we give them too much to think about. The result of this is frustration on the part of the child, and bafflement on the part of the teacher. This is why one of the cornerstones of the TRWBB approach is keep lessons short. At age 3, this usually means ten minutes per day, three or four days per week. This gives the children just enough to think about without causing stress to their little brains.
The lessons are short, yes, but each day builds upon the previous day. It is amazing where they are a hundred days later.
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