Personally, I'd skip flash cards and 'systems.' There are plenty of free resources and inexpensive FUN resources to achieve the same goals. The most important, thing, however, is to simply read with her. Help her sound out new words, encourage her to try to figure out each new one before you step in with the answer. Don't forget that reading is more than just books - ask her to help you read signs, package labels, etc. Take her food shopping and give her her own list to be responsible for. Play I Spy with her and use letter sounds as clues: "I spy something that starts with the letter B. Buh, Buh, Buh, B." Make your own game of BINGO using sight words. Try www.starfall.com, www.PBSKids.org, www.Scholastic.com, etc. Try reading the books in the "You read to me. I read to you" series. I had two early readers (ages 2 1/2 and 3 respectively) and we did nothing more than read, read, read and the types of games I shared here.
at 10:57 AM on Apr. 29, 2010