I've had a few friends ask me what I did. My response is usually something along the lines of , "My iPhone taught her" and, "She's just really interested in reading."
Both are true, but I guess there's more to it than that. I am no expert, I have no official training and I'm not a model parent, so I'm just going to tell you 7 ideas that I think helped.
1• My friend who worked at a daycare would point to each word as she read it, so we do that too. It seems to work to get kids to notice the words.
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.
Have you heard of Fry Words? They are words that are frequently used in children's books.
If your child can memorize those, they will have about half of every children's book memorized.
There are a lot of fun things you can do with the list linked above. In the summer, I wrote some of the fry words in circles on the driveway and had my daughter jump to whatever word I said. I also created the printable on the left of the first 100 fry words and used a 2" hole punch to cut out the words to make a memory game as well as flash cards.
Speaking of flash cards, we got some in the dollar section at Target and I noticed there are a lot of learning materials at the Dollar Tree.
My friend's daughter saw ours read a book and was wondering if she had really read it or if she had just memorized it. At first I said she had read it, but I guess the answer was yes to both. Thanks to preschool and starfall, she's learning to put the sounds of letters together to read, but she hasn't quite figured it all out yet. I'm not sure what route is best, but memorization has been easier for me to teach and faster for her to learn.
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.