Thursday, March 12, 2009

I Did It


It finally happened!!! Tyler read his first book all by himself and he did it pretty fluently. OK, it didn't just happen. He worked hard to get to this point. Reading has yet to be his strong point. I owe this progress to our new curriculum, Spell to Write and Read. You may have heard about it if you read one of my previous blogs. Tyler had to first learn cursive in order to write in his log book. His printing was awful, but the cursive is pretty good. We started that in July and by somewhere near October he could write in his log book in cursive. It took a long time because he is only 6 and a boy and those 2 factors alone should say enough. While he was learning to write, he was also learning his phonograms. There are 77 in all to learn. They are like magic cards that unlock spelling first with almost no exceptions to the rules. That in turn unlocks the reading. So far he has learned 120 words and we are spending the last few weeks of school reviewing the few that he had trouble with. I have also been having him read from the log book lists and timing him. The words were marked with the spelling markings that SWR uses. That is so helpful to see the phonograms. For example we would underline /oy/ in the word boy because it is a multi letter phonogram and /sh/ in the word ship for the same reason. That way when he sees it he will know to say /sh/ instead of /s/h/ individually. He has also learned the 5 reasons words have silent final E. Do you know them? I sure didn't. When he sees one marked he knows how to read it. We did it that way for a while, but then I took the markings away and wrote sentences with the words. He did well seeing the phonograms and sounding them out. Each time he read them he got faster. Today I pulled out the book No! No! Word Bird. It had words in it with the same patterns that he has been working with. I was shocked when he read the entire 31 pages. He was so proud and so was I. Not only can he spell the words and knows why they are spelled the way they are, but he can read the words. We will continue to read our lists and sentences I make from them. In a few weeks I will have him attempt another more difficult book written by Wanda Sanseri, the writer of SWR. It uses all 120 words he has learned so far and a few more. I really think he will be able to do it. It won't be long until he can read anything he wants

6 comments:

thecreasycrew March 12, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

Yeah Tyler!

country gal March 12, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

Hi,

Congratulations, Tyler!!!! I know how happy I was when I read my first book. It was called, A Seed. I remember reading it millions of times after.

Love, Joy

This Country Girl March 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM  

Yay for Tyler! Maybe you could read it for us at recitation! :)

Tammy

This Country Girl March 13, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

Hey Kim,

Click over to Tammy at Latte and Lollypops....she was just published in Home School Enrichment! I need to get ahold of that issue! I'm so happy for her and proud of her!

Tammy

homeschooler2 March 14, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

Great job Tyler! Great work Mom too! Mrs. Wanda

Erna April 11, 2009 at 2:13 PM  

So exciting! (I'm visiting via links at my blog today.)

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