You may remember that it was one of my summer goals to teach Tess and Jude to read. I'm not sure what I was thinking... taking my perfectly peaceful and relaxing summer full of no demands and adding teach 2 fidgety kindergartners who have the attention span of crickets to read. Maybe it was those IEPs that gave me the extra incentive. Since then I've adjusted my old set of teaching skills, and we set aside a little time every day and work on sounding out, decoding, and sight words. I am in awe of you home schooling mamas out there! (Says the gal who taught stinky middle schoolers 32 at a time, and loved it! ps-I don't mean anything bad when I say stinky either. I taught in the desert without air conditioning. We were all stinky much of the year!) Sometimes it seems like we are progressing at the speed of molasses. But then I think about where we started and am SO happy that I even recorded her first couple weeks trying to read so I can go back see the progress we've made.
Tess and Jude are both repeating kindergarten this year. Last year we made little to no attempt to enhance their education knowing even before they started they'd repeat the grade. We didn't prefer they start kindergarten at all, but in order for them to keep their special ed services, they had to start.
Notice the stink eye is still ever present. Seriously this girl has us in stitches every day!
She has read this book 1 time before. About 3 minutes into reading here and she's as wiggly as all get out. And that's her par. In my experience raising 7 children, she is comparatively always "on the go" and pretty distractable. She's really happy that we're into bigger story books and if I can keep her going, she enjoys the story, so you'll notice that I also read the bigger words that I know are out her range. Tess is also amazingly good at using contextual clues to guess as words. I think that's a part of her do-everything-as-fast-as-possible mind set. Unlike her brother who doesn't like to risk being wrong and plods along sounding out nearly every word. If I could combine their skills I'd have an amazingly fluent reader. Tess fights me tooth and nail about using her finger to track. As you can see, I gave up this time and track for her 'cause seriously that girl would get lost on a one word page.
You'll see us talk about the hurt thumb sound (1:00-ish) "ow" or "ou" (in the word "out" in this case) and I love how she bangs her thumb without even hesitating. We're also working on the first job of silent final e to go back and let a vowel say it's name (1:45-ish) Then of course there's her exasperation and stink eye (3:15) because I won't tell her the word and ask her to sound it out. Luv that girl's spunk!
Jude is doing well too, but in a different way. He has trouble blending but is a thorough reader and his attention span is much longer.
Anywho, just wanted to update you on the reading progress. 6 years old, and 7 weeks into kindergarten and this is where we are.