D1 and I have been pretty faithfully working on his phonogram cards.
He just finished List A in The WISE Guide for Spelling. We spent about three weeks on List A, doing half (10 words) at a time and working at it until he had the words completely.
I pulled out our Christian Liberty Phonics Readers, Book A, and decided that since he knows all of these letter sounds we might just try some reading. For a couple of weeks we’ve tried a little here, little there.
Today, I was sitting on the couch with this COMPUTER on my lap, and he brought me the phonogram cards. He wanted to go through them, so we did, once.
Then he says, “I want you make me words.”
Okay, not the best manners but you have to remember that the fact he can TALK at all is amazing, considering his extreme speech delays. I laid out the cards for him, and he read “first”, “bird”, “pant”, “zoo” etc. I spelled out about 15 words and he did just fine sounding them out! He’s reading a little more fluently in his reading book now.
TAKE THAT, ignorant doctor who said he would never read.
He’s read the first three stories in It Is Fun To Read. I am just trying to go slowly, let him read the ones he’s read before, and ease into new stories. He’s doing SO WELL. I just love it. He constantly amazes me. God has been so good to us, because D1 has had so many obstacles and he just keeps plugging away.
This is one part about homeschooling that I would never trade for anything.
I do not WANT a school or anyone else to teach my children how to read! Call me selfish, but I want them to be taught phonics, at their speed and ability, because I want them to read well and enjoy it.
If my kids never learn anything else from me educationally, I would want reading to be that one thing. But reading is that one skill that everyone must have. You can’t get very far at all without it.