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Friday, September 25, 2009

Reading Rules

I posted last year about how I teach my children to read. If you missed that post, or maybe you weren't in that phase yet, you can go back and read it here. Here are the highlights of the resources I've used:

You can read about each of these resources on my original post. All of these resources may be available to you for free through the library, though if you have more than one pre-reader, I would recommend buying them because they are worth their weight in gold! The Starfall site is free for anyone to use online.

Once your children are reading more and more and sounding out words on their own, it can get tricky to remember the rules, especially the ones associated with the vowels. As I've taught my two oldest children how to read, I've learned a few rhymes to help them remember how to sound out some words. Some I learned from the free computer games at Starfall in the "Learn to Read" section. Here are a few we use on a regular basis:
  • When two vowels go walkin', the first vowel does the talkin' (boat, steam, rain)
  • The silent "e" makes the vowel say its name (kite, name, vote)
  • Y can be a vowel when it says long "i" in my and try, or "e" in lazy or crazy.
  • Lonely vowels at the end of a word say their name. (me, she, go, no)
  • Does the "c" say "s" or "k"? At the vowels we take a look. With e, i, and y use "s". With a, o, and u use "k". (ceiling, cite, lacy; cake, cook, cucumber)
  • And for spelling with c or k: "K" before i and e, "c" before the other three (a, o, u). (kind, keel; can, could, cute) (This last one is from Carley!)
I'll also be doing a post soon on rhymes to help children write their numbers, so stay tuned!


Saph said...

I just found out about starfall through Money Saving Mom the other day! That is an amazing site! I just shared that site with my friend and she loves it! She has 3 boys. Do you happen to know of any good websites that offer free resources for science and math like starfall?


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