Here is something not many would guess about me: I struggled to read as a child. Not only was I one of the youngest kids in my grade, but I attended four different schools between kindergarten and first grade. So I got off to a slow start in some areas, reading in particular.
Eventually I did get the hang of it and enjoyed many books throughout the rest of my childhood, but as a parent I’ve been somewhat obsessed with making sure my kids don’t go through the same experience. I wanted them to not only learn to read, but to love it. So far we’re doing great. My 8-year-old daughter is a voracious reader, sinking her teeth into Ramona Quimby and Harry Potter, and my five-year-old son is on his way. Here are a few books, websites, and apps that have been very helpful with teaching my kids to read.
I used this book pretty exclusively to teach my daughter to read and we loved it! So simple, gradual, logical, and fun, my daughter never got frustrated with the process. By the end of the book, your child will be on a second-grade reading level.
As much as I love the above book, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it might not be quite the right method for my son. We’ve been struggling through the lessons and inevitably one or both of us loses our patience at some point. But recently we came upon readingeggs.com and I have to say it is FANTASTIC! They use a very similar method as “Teach your child…” very logical and gradual, but the games make it so fun and interactive for kids so my son is actually begging me to spend time on this site. Their activities also do a lot of repetition so it really helps my son who struggles with retention. They also have a lot of reading and spelling games for older kids to increase their literacy skills, so my daughter is hopping on as well. They charge a monthly fee, but you can do a free 30 day trial to see if it’s something that will benefit your child. I think it’s totally worth it.