We pride ourselves on helping kids like learning to read.
He could read them! He’d get excited. We’d get excited. He was reading! And that was about enough reading for one day. I learned from my children’s teachers that these types of groups of words with the same vowel and end consonant were called word families, like red and bed.
Over days and weeks, we continued with these little homemade word families: up and pup, cat and hat (maybe that’s where Dr. Seuss got started!). I used all capitals because Reuel hadn’t learned lower case letters yet. I didn’t use any blends or sight words because he couldn’t sound them out on his own. To read a blend or sight word you have to decode (another learning to read word I learned from my kids’ amazing teachers!) a group of two or more letters all at once as a whole. Conversely, I didn’t use any silent letters like b in thumb or g in gnome, not even silent e’s at the end of words such as “home.” To decode these you have to learn not to make their sound when reading a word. Tricky, tricky.
That was almost a sentence! Add an s and you’ve got one: Big pig digs. That seemed more interesting than red bed. There was a character and an action. Maybe I could make a whole story that Reuel could read all by himself! …[image by Michael 1952 in Creative Commons]