Yes, it finally happened. A combination of and Leapfrog and Sesame Street DVDs for the last 2 years, and Miriam is now sounding out short-voweled words.

Just now, she went through the entire book “Zac the Rat
on and sounded out the letters (“Z-a-c”) and then said the
word (“Zac.”) She is very excited and eager to try out her newfound
skill! I guess now my work will be starting in earnest as I must teach
her sight words (to, the, a, etc.) and explain consonant combinations
(like “th” and “sh”).

I was hoping that the Leapfrog videos (Code Word Caper) would do some
of that but I found it sadly lacking in that area. It’s basically just
a review of the concept of Talking Words Factory with some glossing
over “complex words.” (It mentions complex words but does not break
them down or do any kind of memorization technique to remember the
different sounds.)

The Studydog program (downloadable for free from has a decent sight word section for practice (the bat cave). I will probably just get out my Sing Spell Read & Write
kit and use their tools for the combination consonant sounds. I can’t
believe I get to use it already. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to start
“doing school” and making it a chore for her. She is still too young,
IMO.) I am just happy that Miriam has finally grasped the concept of
the letter sounds (which she has known for quite a while) actually
forming words. You can’t really teach that concept, it has to sort of
occur to them on their own.

Of course, there is still the whole area of phonics rules that she
probably will not get to for quite a while. Long vowels and the rules
for when they are long can be complicated. Then there are all the
combination vowel sounds, too (ou, ow, oo) and unique vowel/consonant
combos (ir, er, ur) And then there are a billion exception words (good
old English! see Zuly’s site for some funny commentary on that).

But still, yay! In just a year she will probably be able to sit down
and read books during the entire quiet time/nap time! Maybe even read
to the littler ones. That sure will be handy with 4 kids.

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6 Responses to SHE CAN READ!

  1. holliep says:

    Hurray! That’s quite an accomplishment.

  2. rmromero says:

    Congrats.  Now teach her to chant and ship her off to the convent.

  3. MaMaMollisa says:

    Good job,!  😉

  4. Anonymous says:

    Were you a teacher? 🙂

  5. Akialuz says:

    read to the little ones!!  I did not even think abt that one…  that would be an encouragememt to Josh.  He is starting to read as well.  so much fun.  I’ll check those sites.

  6. bubbelcat says:

    Congratulations!  That is such an amazing, affirming moment when it all clicks.

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