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? for Homeschooling Mom's re: Reading & 4/5yr olds

So I've "just" been told that they expect my oldest who will be 5 in July to be able to read at least basic things when she enters kindergarten next fall!

This is surprising to me; because I remember learning how to read IN school! I asked the Pre-K she attends and they said she needs to recognize "sight" words; like "the" "and" "but" "or" etc...but that there's restrictions on how they're able to teach it to them? I don't really understand it.

Anyway - I've been looking online for worksheets or other ideas so I can help her at home get ready to read - I was hoping maybe some of you homeschooling Mom's might have some tips or links for me??

Please & Thank You! =)

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Asked by beachmamaof2 at 1:54 PM on Apr. 5, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • She can write her name; and her sister's and MaMa & DaDa and several of her school friends names. She can spell Dog & Cat & Ball & Doll & something else I can't think of at the moment...

    And she knows all the phonetic sounds the letters make etc...

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 2:00 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • Usually it's the first 100 sight words. If you look up sight words online there should be a standard list. My DD also had to know all the numbers 1-20 and be able to write the numbers and letters for K-5.

    Answer by BlooBird at 2:04 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • TY - I'll look for that list.

    She recognizes her numbers to 30 and can write up to 10...she can write the whole alphabet on her own; although she still occasionally turns her "S" & "Y" backwards; but the Pre-K teacher told me that was normal thru 1st grade?

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 2:06 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • also, you can get flash cards at walmart...but i know they are online too. I work with my SS and he is in kindergarten. I have a fast pile, slow pile, and in between. the fast ones are the ones he knows really well - no sounding out, just looks and says the word. slow ones are ones that he either flat doesn't know or ones that he really struggles with. the in between pile are generally ones that are almost ready for the fast pile or the ones he has to sound out. I only work on the in between pile with him. then every once in a while i review the fast pile. just recently he finished the middle pile so we went back through the slow pile to see which ones we would focus on next. He is doing REALLY well. He didn't need to know sight words going into Kindergarten though.

    Answer by aly38914290 at 2:20 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • This is the best thing I've ever found and it really works. For letter sounds, get leap frog's letter factory. For sight words get Preschool Prep "meet the sights words". It comes in 3 discs. Both of these have done wonders for my son.

    Preschool Prep

    Once she has the basic letter sounds down pat, start with a phonics program.

    Also  "phonics works" by k12 It's so awesome!! I just can't praise it enough.


    Answer by legalmommy101 at 3:01 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • Thx legalmommy - we have the letter factory and that IS how she learned her phonetic sounds; great product! We also have the leap frog word builder ABC has them make three letter words; and then swap out the first letter for rhyming words...

    I will definitely check both links! Thanks so much!!

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 3:16 PM on Apr. 5, 2010


    Try these links :-)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • Here are a few sites that have worksheets (scroll down to see the sheets) (this isn't free, but it's only $20 yr and worth it -- tons of worksheets for phonics and alot of other stuff)

    Hope that helps :-)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:28 PM on Apr. 5, 2010


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:32 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

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