Children Learning Reading creators Jim and Elena are parents to three children. They have taught two of their children (their third child is still a baby) to read. Little children!! Jim researched a lot of information on teaching children how to read and put all this information together in a reading program so we can teach OUR toddlers and kids to read before the age of THREE??? Yup!! three!!
My regular followers know I babysit my 2 year old Granddaughter Alice. While we spend time everyday with a learning activity. Each lesson is short. Jim and Elena recommend spending only 10 to 15 minutes a day with the lessons. PERFECT!!! Alice doesn't loose interest and doesn't dread having her 'school time' I want Alice to be excited to learn!! After all her little mind is like a sponge!! At 2 she is anxious to learn!! This program is designed to properly teach phonemic awareness.
"Teaching phonics and phonemic awareness produces better reading results than whole language programs. Teaching phonemic awareness improves a child's reading, reading comprehension, and spelling abilities."
Personally, I've found the program easy to use. The program is a PDF download, stage one has 225 pages, stage 2 an additional 97 pages. Tons of bonus features including mp3 letter sounds, rhymes and lesson stories you can print out. In each stage the first pages are very helpful for the teacher. (me!) Including tips on how to get your child to cooperate! Motivation tips, praise and encouragement, seriously, this book has it all. I know this because I am ONE of THOSE people that just skips to the lesson plan. Yup and was greeted with this qoute:
I know you're anxious to get started, but I hope you did not skip all the way from the start to here! If you did, please go back and start from the beginning. If you must skip because you're too anxious to get started, then please at least read these sections:
• The Importance of Blending
• Smooth Blending and Choppy Blending
• The Importance of Repeated Practice and Exposure
• The First Steps
• How to Teach Reading and Present Lessons
So I went back and read the first pages. Alice and I are on the letter C. We are still having a hard time tracing the letters. Alice really, REALLY wants to scribble BUT as she scribbles she says "A". We use chalk on her chalkboard and she will scribble and say "Pink A". I am okay with that, it'll come. Now as far as sounding out letters? GOT it!! Words?? Oh yea!! Alice can pick out words like CAT, AT, APPLE (and TONS MORE!!)!!! She's only TWO!!!!
This program is challenging and fun!! We continue to work everyday. I put words together on her magnetic board and Alice reads them to me. I read books to her everyday using the tips that Children Learning Reading Program has provided and Alice will parrot back to me. She's so SMART!!!
I highly recommend this program to everyone with kids and this would be an fantastic addition to any home school program!! Alice and I give Children Learning Reading Program 4 very enthusiassssssssstic thumbs way up!!!
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