I can hardly believe it. We have embarked on our last journey with Reading Made Easy! I know what you're thinking...how could we? How could we start teaching reading to a 4yo? It flies in the face of every relaxed homeschooling proponent.
Don't worry...we aren't going for college next year. It just really can't be helped.
You know it's time to start when you hear your 4.5 yo look at a sign and say, "on". Or, "off".
You know it's time to start when you watch him look at a cereal box and say, "Mommy! That says YES!"
You know it's time to start when you watch him read the word, "no".
You know it's time to start when he spells the word "Candy" at the dinner table when he's finished his peas.
You especially know it's time to start when he is at the table with his siblings and his 7yo brother spells the word "half". I7 says, "Half is spelled H-E-L-F.
R9 responds, "That's almost right I. Very good. It's actually spelled H-A-L-F." (to which I smile because all is not lost for my creative girl)
But then J4 adds, "Yeah I, how else will you get the AAAA (think short a) sound in half?"
So yes, it is time. He's amassing sight words without my intervention. Who am I to hold him back?
We'll take it slow and enjoy the journey. We did the first lesson last week and J4 was supposed to give me a sentence about himself. In a family where dictation and writing abound, is it any surprise he wanted to go beyond I am 4 years old to a dissertation on our trip to Boston?
Our last preschooler *sniff*.
He's ready to read!