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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Signs of a Reader.

For all you moms out there who have begun the task of teaching reading. 

What were the first signs that they were ready?

What were your first steps?

Where do I go from here?

Ilijah has always shown signs of being an overly motivated learner.  I was gung ho about pushing him early on, and then I decided that he can learn tons without having to "sit down and work".  Now, however, he is showing further signs that he is ready to move on to the next level by recognizing words. 

We were sitting in the movie theater about 2 months ago when a trailer came up for the new Scooby-Doo movie, but all that came up was some music and the text of the movie.  However, Ilijah knew right away that it was Scooby-doo, and he screamed it out in excitement.  Now, I understand that he probably just recognized what the typical Scooby-doo text looks like, so I didn't pay it much mind.  Then last night, we were watching a documentary called Babies and when the text for the film came up again, he yelled out "BABIES!"  This time there were no cues, no pictures, nothing that would lead him to recognizing this word.  Jacob and I were astonished and so we rewound it and asked him to tell us again what this was, and he did.  He has been doing this with several words lately, so my question is . . . What now?


  1. Sight words or pull out some aba and do some fun matching words to pictures

  2. is a good resource to start learning the sounds to all the letters.

    letter factory videos (found at most libraries!) are also good starting points.

    Bob Books are also great starting books to begin sounding out simple 3 letter words and slowly building up as their confidence and knowledge develops.

    Go Ilijah!