2 • A little while after she learned the alphabet, I would be silent and have my daughter say "A" and "I" when they were in the story. Then I taught her "the" and two-letter words like "of" and "is". One day she surprised me while reading Dick and Jane - she recognized "something" and would say it when I pointed to it.
3 • We got the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat book app on our iPhones and she would touch each word to find out what it said then later we'd read from the actual book.
4 • She plays Starfall on our computer and we have a starfall app on our phone. I try not to have too much screen time, but if she's going to be playing with one, at least she's learning something.
5 • Instead of focusing on sounding out the words, we focused on memorizing them. Let's face it: every rule in the English language is broken.
6 • We read to her at night and since she no longer naps, I will read to her during "quiet time." She also likes to read on her own, which is a blessing. Before she could read, she would make up the stories, and I believe that's good practice too.
7 • I have been reading to her since she was born, she listened to all of Jane Austen's books because I was interested in those at the time. It felt weird to read to her when I felt like she wasn't really taking anything in, but I have since learned that she was taking something in. What? I don't know, but babies can understand a lot more than we tend to give them credit for. I also read board books when I wanted to interact with her and couldn't think of something else to do.
Will this work for you? I have no idea. Every kid is different. Why did I take the time to post this then? Because even though every kid is different, some do learn in the same way. Hopefully, this will help somebody somewhere.
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