- February 21, 2012
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We are well on our way to having a four year old who can read. She does fantastic with all words about five letters or shorter. We have a small panic when she sees a word much bigger than that, but we are working on it.
One of the biggest things that has helped her is getting a sense of accomplishment. This means choosing the right books. I have to make sure that the book is something she can do, but still challenges her a little bit too. It’s a hard line to walk, easy enough for her to get and hard enough to challenge her at the same time. So far, our favorite books are the Bobs Books series. These are fantastic because each book teaches a particular sound, or punctuation. They are short books, easy enough for her to make it through. They are repetitive enough to reinforce what each book is teaching. And if you use them all together they will do a decent job at teaching basic grammar and punctuation.
One of the biggest things that has helped her is getting a sense of accomplishment.
The best part is that these books can all be found at our local library. I’m pretty sure we will eventually invest in owning these on our own. Having three kids to teach how to read will ensure that we will get plenty of use out of them. They are relatively inexpensive as well! Once your child has mastered these books it will be no problem to move up to level one (or maybe even level two) readers. All you have to do is help them learn their letter sounds and you’re practically golden. So if you are thinking about teaching your little one to read and you don’t know where to begin have a good look at the Bobs Book series.