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Reading questions for a 5 y/o

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My grandson is 5 1/2 and doing K. My dd has been a little frustrated because he will not really even TRY to sound out words. She asked me to start helping with him a day or two a week with his reading.

 

He knows all but 3 of his consonant sounds (he didn't know J, G or Q and I'm assuming it's because they are less common). He knows all his short vowel sounds. He seems to get a little confused over some of the capital versus small letters.

 

He can easily sound out short words as in the BOB Books, but definitely doesn't seem to want to. I got him through a few new ones yesterday.

 

My questions:

 

Would you bother right now? If so, what would you use to help him get reading? We have Phonics Pathways and The Reading Lesson to work with.

 

If you weren't going to push reading, what workbooks or other things would you use to get him more prepared and give him more confidence. I'm thinking he's not wanting to sound out words because it feels like it means he doesn't "know" it. What are some suggestions for things that would better prepare him with the sounds, letters, etc.?

 

He's doing R&S math 1 with no problems whatsoever, and loves any and all things science. I'm inclined to tell DD to NOT worry about the reading right now, but maybe suggest some other things that would be good prep and get him ready and confident for a little down the road.

 

Suggestions?

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My grandson is 5 1/2 and doing K. My dd has been a little frustrated because he will not really even TRY to sound out words. She asked me to start helping with him a day or two a week with his reading.

 

He knows all but 3 of his consonant sounds (he didn't know J, G or Q and I'm assuming it's because they are less common). He knows all his short vowel sounds. He seems to get a little confused over some of the capital versus small letters.

 

He can easily sound out short words as in the BOB Books, but definitely doesn't seem to want to. I got him through a few new ones yesterday.

 

My questions:

 

Would you bother right now? If so, what would you use to help him get reading? We have Phonics Pathways and The Reading Lesson to work with.

 

If you weren't going to push reading, what workbooks or other things would you use to get him more prepared and give him more confidence. I'm thinking he's not wanting to sound out words because it feels like it means he doesn't "know" it. What are some suggestions for things that would better prepare him with the sounds, letters, etc.?

 

He's doing R&S math 1 with no problems whatsoever, and loves any and all things science. I'm inclined to tell DD to NOT worry about the reading right now, but maybe suggest some other things that would be good prep and get him ready and confident for a little down the road.

 

Suggestions?

Do they do technology at all? My kids love the app/computer game Teach Your Monster to Read. It would be a sneaky way to get him reading. And it reviews letter sounds if you start at the beginning

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My grandson is 5 1/2 and doing K. My dd has been a little frustrated because he will not really even TRY to sound out words. She asked me to start helping with him a day or two a week with his reading.

 

He knows all but 3 of his consonant sounds (he didn't know J, G or Q and I'm assuming it's because they are less common). He knows all his short vowel sounds. He seems to get a little confused over some of the capital versus small letters.

 

He can easily sound out short words as in the BOB Books, but definitely doesn't seem to want to. I got him through a few new ones yesterday.

 

My questions:

 

Would you bother right now? If so, what would you use to help him get reading? We have Phonics Pathways and The Reading Lesson to work with.

 

If you weren't going to push reading, what workbooks or other things would you use to get him more prepared and give him more confidence. I'm thinking he's not wanting to sound out words because it feels like it means he doesn't "know" it. What are some suggestions for things that would better prepare him with the sounds, letters, etc.?

 

He's doing R&S math 1 with no problems whatsoever, and loves any and all things science. I'm inclined to tell DD to NOT worry about the reading right now, but maybe suggest some other things that would be good prep and get him ready and confident for a little down the road.

 

Suggestions?

 

Phonics Pathways is pretty good. I would stick with that--no Bob books, no The Reading Lesson--and follow it as closely as possible. And then I would just read aloud to him from good children's books, for enjoyment. No pushing him to do anything outside of the time spent on Phonics Pathways.

 

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Check out MP First Start Reading (FSR). My DS at 5 was very resistant to blending even after doing AAR Pre Level but loved FSR. It's very very gentle but worked for him. How does he feel about writing? FSR starts with tracing letters and forming simple words. You can tell your DD that she only needs the workbook if she wants to try it. I bought the teacher's guide but it's totally unnecessary.

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What's MP? He will write. He doesn't love it, but he's done some type of Kumon workbook almost every day, so I don't think there would be an issue with that.

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http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/056815

 

Here's a link and they have some sample pages, not sure if the publisher has more on their website. It really is a great program that slowly ramps up to reading paragraphs and answering questions. For DS the writing with the blending really helped it click for him.

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I would recommend sticking to phonemic awareness activities until he shows a desire to learn to read.

 

Focus on rhyming, IDing beginning / middle / end sounds, clapping syllables, matching UC / LC letters, activities that encourage L->R scanning & reading TO him.

 

Develop a love of stories & interest in learning to read will follow.

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My grandson is 5 1/2 and doing K. My dd has been a little frustrated because he will not really even TRY to sound out words. She asked me to start helping with him a day or two a week with his reading.

 

He knows all but 3 of his consonant sounds (he didn't know J, G or Q and I'm assuming it's because they are less common). He knows all his short vowel sounds. He seems to get a little confused over some of the capital versus small letters.

 

He can easily sound out short words as in the BOB Books, but definitely doesn't seem to want to. I got him through a few new ones yesterday.

 

He's on the young side and doesn't really sound ready to start a reading program to me. I'd either wait or focus on pre-reading activities like phonological awareness skills. Play with sounds together. Enjoy reading books to him and helping him to develop a love for books (which will help with motivation to read when he's ready). Here's a Reading Readiness checklist that you can use to see if he is ready now.

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I would recommend sticking to phonemic awareness activities until he shows a desire to learn to read.

 

Focus on rhyming, IDing beginning / middle / end sounds, clapping syllables, matching UC / LC letters, activities that encourage L->R scanning & reading TO him.

 

Develop a love of stories & interest in learning to read will follow.

:iagree: 

Jr is reading and we still do these types of activities daily just as fun extras and he still likes them. We play "Say it fast/say it slow." a lot.

We say and clap syllables for longer words (trying to build his vocabulary and get him more confident to decode longer words by the end of the year)

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Does he want to read? I would teach him the sight words by phonetic groups. I'd blend the sounds for him, and say the word, then have him blend the sounds and say the words. Just 2 or 3 a day.

 

Play the phonemic awareness games that were mentioned by Expat_Mama and then give him phonetic word cards and lay the words on the table and play "find it"

 

Have your DD blend the words, and say them slowly and let him pick up and hand her the card.

 

So lay out real and nonsense words like "leg", "lem", "cap", "cat", "com", "anv" "ant" "and" and let him listen while mom sounds out the words and after he's gained fluency with this activity re-try using one of the phonics manuals--pick one and have that serve as the guide for introducing more words on cards.

 

Continue to read with him and to him. Once you know that he knows a word, let him read it off of the page as you're reading with him.

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Hindsight is 20/20, and I wouldn't push him right now.  You have lots of time, and he may just not be ready.  If you do start up, www.progressivephonics.com was helpful for us because my son was frustrated with the length of other resources, and this one uses short poems where you read some of the words and your child reads others (color coded).  We did Bob books too but this was a nice alternative.

 

Also, play school helped.  Basically, my son, who had already done a year of KG in PS, already liked to "play school" with his toy animals.  Well, I just moved real lessons into play school.  Lo and behold it was not so scary for my son to read a Bob Book when he was playing a character (when it was the cheetah or transformer reading it, not "him").  A little time is "wasted" with toys "getting in trouble" or  "having to go to the nurse" or "doing show and tell."  But it's very motivating for him.  I always had the other characters be very interested in the story he was reading and encourage him to finish it.  (You could have him read to a puppet or something too that will give the same feedbac/play aspect).  

 

The real breakthrough came last year when he got good enough to read one part in Piggie and Elephant...books he loves (I read the other).  Now he asks to do reading first and loves it. 

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Look at ProgressivePhonics.com Reading funny stories together with an adult, only having to read one or two words a page, can be a fun introduction. If you read on the screen instead of printing, it is free, so no risk to trying.

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Learn to Read in 100 easy steps worked well for us. We did the first 25 lessons or so and it was enough for DS to start trying on his own. We never finished the book.

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