Reading. How hard it was given to me in childhood. Mom practically didn’t deal with me (she worked a lot) and I learned the letters with tears just before school. With such a bitter experience, reading for me was not a favorite subject. Although over time everything has changed … I wanted to open the magic country of the book to my future children.
After the birth of the first child, acquaintance with the letters began very early. Influenced by the literature on early development, I bought a poster with an alphabet and hung it on the wall. The trick is (as I read in the internet) that when studying the space, the child will see the poster and, over time, will memorize the letters. At first I believed it … Then I bought an ABC book.
Learning by playing
Every evening we looked at the pictures together. The son at that time was 1.5 years old and he enjoyed watching the book. She is bright, colorful and attracted attention. My goal was not to learn the alphabet at such an early age. I wanted to introduce the child with the letters.
Favorite page for his son was the first spread of the book. It shows the alphabet with colorful drawings. Here we played the game Remember, guess and name. Its essence is as follows: you need to remember the picture, guess the next letter and name its sound. The game took place in three stages:
Stage 1. I showed a picture (for example, dohm lev, withUnduk) pronounced her name and unobtrusively showed the letter. Son remembered.
Stage 2 She called the word that needs to be guessed and show the adjacent letter (she voiced).
Stage 3 Showed the letter to be called.
The first fruits were not long in coming. Within six months, the alphabet was mastered. From time to time we returned to our game or came up with new ones. It’s all about children’s memory, it is short-term and without repetition, the material covered is quickly forgotten. Son was looking for familiar letters everywhere. My joy knew no bounds!
The next step in reading was not easy for us. Need to put the letters in syllables. I explained where the vowels are, where the consonants are and how to combine them into sound. It was difficult to understand this at the age of 2, our study was drawn out … So that my son’s interest did not go out, she tried to diversify the games with everything, with the help of which one can learn syllables. Namely, we:
– put the train of words from syllable cards,
– flipped through the calendar of letters, folded words,
– watched presentations, books, children’s magazines,
– played reading computer games and much more.
Separately, I want to mention the children’s manual Skladushki, my son liked it very much. The game has vivid pictures, funny rhymes and ordered syllables. Rhymes like little couplets need to be sung, and instead of the chorus, syllables. So much fun we went and this way (although it took a lot of time)!
Now my son (he is 5 years and 5 months) is reading poems and fairy tales, even trying to retell everything he understood. And I remember with relief how we did it 🙂
How do you teach children to read? Is learning difficult?