Tuesday, August 11, 2009
For the past few months I've been working with Madison daily on different things, writing, addition, subtraction, reading, etc. Since she didn't go to school all summer I didn't want her to forget everything she had been taught. She does really well with simple math and numbers. But she has more trouble with her letters and phonics. Last night was a big "light bulb" moment for her on the reading end. I've been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and it's been a great tool for both me and Madison since it provides guidance for the parent teaching as well. Madison had been doing great learning all her sounds but had yet to connect how the sounds came together to make a word. Well, yesterday it all clicked and she read "DAD" for the first time. She was so excited and insisted I write more words for her to read. She was able to sound out "AM" "ME" "SAM" and "MOM". Of course, I was only able to use the sounds she had mastered but it's such a great boost to her confidence. You see, Madison gets REALLY frustrated when she doesn't get something right away. I mean, she'll throw the book and refuse to go any further so it's been a struggle for me to keep her focused. Last night after Emma went to bed we kept working, learning new sounds and sounding out new words. I'm so excited for her!!