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My daughter is 5 (bday last week) and can spell basic words.  I think it's mostly from having them memorized.  We work on sounding out letters and putting them together but I feel like I could be doing more.  She loves books, we've read daily since she was an infant (I love books too!) and I know she wants to learn to read on her own.  I'm just stuck on where to begin.  What advice can you give me on teaching her to read?

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by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

my daughter just turned 4 and shes knows all her sounds but was having trouble with blending the sounds to make a word and had no desire to read beause it was hard for her...last week we started day 172 of easy peasy all in one homeschool (google it and it will come right up) and shes doing great! and is so excited to read every day now...its alot of rote memorization but teaches them to sound it out at the same time...she now can sound words out and blend the sounds on here own where she couldnt do that before

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 7:15 AM

We used Saxon teaches the sounds then you turn it around to spell. Excellent program! Our 11th grader used it all the way down (4 kids ) to our now 1st grader~ The only problem we had was finding a spelling program after 2nd grade that would be comparable at their spelling level.

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

We LOVE Alpha Phonics. I feel like I could do a commercial for them - lol. We will be using CLE's Learning to Read program as well as possibly A Reason for Guided Reading when we get to the next step.

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by Group Admin on Mar. 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

 It depends on what makes since to you and your child.  Hooked on Phonics I hated because I could not teach it, to me it was backwards and made no sense, but we loved sing spell read and write.  It made more sense to me and I could teach it.  But it does depend on what you like.

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Get a phonics program for her & she will be reading very soon!

by Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I read to my kids every day & at least two books at bedtime. Every few pages, I use my finger to follow the words. I would stop on a word and sound it out...
Only once a day I would write a simple word & sound it out slowly & have my just-turned-4yo to tell me what I just "read". There was NO pressure on him, it was quick & "fun"...
Next thing I know, he's trying hard to read a Curious George book. So I sat with him & helped him sound out things... I was doing most of the sounding out, so he could hear it. (my son is the kind of kid to quit if he thinks anything is "too hard", so I tried to limit pressure on everything related to reading & he just absorbed all of it in no time) Didn't take too long after that... He was reading on his own just a few months after turning 4.
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Phonics instruction is great.  You might also try teaching her some sight words, since she already has some memorized. 

by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

 all about reading is a good program if your looking for one

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