The biggest problem with 9 weeks of Summer is that kids lose some of what they were taught in school. Keeping them reading and learning all Summer helps to defeat that learning loss!
I feel learning is very important part of growing up. I strongly believe teaching my children shouldn’t be just up to the teachers. I think that as parents we should also encourage our children to learn. Seeings how not all parents are teachers and didn’t go to school for education sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. I recently came across a great program to help teach my kids how to read, Touchtile Reading System.
The Touchtile™ Reading System consists of six levels:
Level One – Consonants, vowels, and blending: this level teaches them the letter sounds and how to blend two letter sounds together.
Level Two – CVC pattern: this level teaches them how to blend three letter sounds together with a consonant, vowel, consonant pattern.
Level Three – Blends and digraphs : this level teaches them how to blend four sounds together with an emphasis on blends and digraphs.
Level Four -Long E : this level teaches them how to use the silent e at the end of words.
Level Five -Endings : this level teaches them how to add endings to words.
Level Six -Multi-Syllable Words : this level teaches them how to blend multi-syllabic words.
My son is currently attending Head Start and will be in Kindergarten next year. He is one very excited boy. I have notice several times just through casual conversation that he struggles allot with letter sounds. I know he is still young, but I don’t want it to become a habit that he says certain letters wrong. I am constantly correcting him but getting no where. Only after using this system for a week at 15minutes a day I have notice a huge difference how he says certain letters! Level one is broke up into two parts. Part one is just for working on the letter sounds. Part two is to show them how to blend to sounds together. For example some of the words we will work with are: at, am, an, as, and ax. Like I said we have been at this for a week now and I think in just another week we can move on to part two. My only complaint about this system is I wish I have a came across it sooner!
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