a brand new reader

My bed has become his favorite spot for reading. He can now read the basic on his own!

I am not an expert in teaching, but I only know what works for my boys in terms of teaching them how to read by using phonics method. What worked for PP did not quite work for Peanut. It took PP only a few days to pick up the trick; Peanut, not so much…it took me a few months to even get him interested.

A month ago or so I picked up a few free books from Trader Joe’s free-library for kids (I love Trader Joe’s even more for this idea!!!). A few books I picked up were called Bob’s Books Sight Words, and each has up to 12 pages, with basic CVC and three to four sight words at most.

Peanut became interested in that because it looked very easy to put together the sounds, and it’s easy to understand plot of the stories. To make the story short, as I have observed his keen interest in reading these few books, I decided to purchase three sets for him. The book arrived today and he started reading one book after another, on my bed.



I am so relieved!!!

So this is part of my summer bridge for him. I just hope that he will continue to show interest in these books and then move onto upper levels.

For those who have four- and five-year-olds, I would highly recommend these books for beginning readers like my Peanut. Of course, it must begin with reading to them daily, and engage them in environmental prints as well as helping them to recognize phonic sounds for each letter. I do this all the time, asking Peanut to tell me the beginning and ending sounds, and what the middle sound would be like, then teach him that those middle sounds are called vowels.

I also recommend the Hooked on Phonic app. I taught PP phonics using that app as a tool and that’s where he picked up the basic skills.

Anyway, I am ecstatic to share what I learn as I go along with teaching my kids supplement skills at home. As always, I am not an expert, and each kid has their own timing as well as level of interest, but these are just the basic of where to start if you are afraid of treading into the water.

The Bob’s Book I bought, three sets for about $39 from Amazon. The Hooked on Phonics was $39 when I bought it four years ago. They might have increased the price by now, but it’s worth it!


4 thoughts on “a brand new reader

  1. Thanks for the recommendation chi. I will check out the books and app for Aiden. I feel like he’s so lacking comparing to other kids his age but it’s partly my fault because I haven’t done any teaching to him at home at all. I enrolled him in preschool this past year 3 days a week (2.5 hrs each day) but now that the school year is over he only can barely write his name so my plan is to teach him more this summer. I was not a reader and still wasn’t but I know how important it is to be one so I hope to get him more interested in reading books. There will be a lot of learning on my part along the way. Sorry for oversharing, i’m off my soapbox now 🙂

    1. em ơi, not to worry, he will pick up in no time. I feel like at his age he has to learn more about social skills and fine motor skills, like holding a pencil, using an eraser, color inside the lines…don’t worry so much, it will come to him.

      Just read to him 20 minutes each day. You can order the Bob’s books and use them to get him interested in reading by reading and showing him the pictures. I love the Hooked on Phonics app because it has basic lesson and games that the kids will enjoy. Make sure that you sit down with him, explain to him that the first 10 minutes you will have the control of the ipad, and after that he can play on his own. For his age, 10-15 minutes is max for attention span.

      As for environmental prints, just ask him to recognize the letters, do it as much as possible, and make fun game out of it. For example, if it is the letter A, ask him if it is letter B or C…or if you see and letter and you say, oh my gosh, I thought I know this letter but I forget, Aiden, can you help me and tell me what letter is that? Something like that will get him interested for sure.

      Ask me if you have questions and I will share more tips. 😀

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  2. I’m really proud of all the things he has learned so far on his own and by going to school. I did not want to push him as this was his first year in preschool and exactly what you said, I want him to learn about social skills and motor skills first. But now that his little sister is approaching preschool age, i need to start reading to them and teaching them consistently now.

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