Thursday, June 28, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Learning to Read

I love today's question!
Margaret asks:
Who taught you to read?
That's an easy one: my Mom taught me to read.

As to how she did this, well, I remember some homemade phonics posters in our "school room". And I remember those little Abeka readers with an owl on them. She may have had some other tools and maybe she'll chime in here with what she used. Whatever it was I know I had a strong phonics background.

My memory's not the greatest so sometimes I feel like I've always been reading. (And my dad has been known to joke that I came out of the womb with a book.) That's obviously not true - I had to learn at some point - and I don't want to downplay how important it was that my mother took the time to teach me to read, and that she taught me well.

It used to baffle me when kids couldn't "sound out" something they were reading. To be honest, it still baffles me. (OK, that's all I'm going to say about that. I don't want to get too high on my soapbox.)

I can tell you something even more important than that: not only did my parents teach me to read, they taught me to love books.

Our house had books in every room. We talked about books. My parents each read aloud at different times. We went to the library once a week and checked out as many books as we were allowed to get. Books were favorite gifts. They encouraged me to buy my own books.

If you couldn't find me outside playing when I was a kid, you can be sure I was somewhere reading.


Tribute Books Mama said...

A love for books at an early age helps with the reading.

LibrarySnake said...

LOL, I know what you mean about not understanding why kids can't sound out the words.

Gram said...

Okay, Mom chiming in here. :)

Like all new homeschool moms (we were pioneers, you know) I was quite nervous about teaching you to read. That's even after being a "real" school teacher who taught other people's children to read.

But to answer your question. We did not have a reading curriculum. GASP! We started with ABeka and found that it was too difficult so we did the unthinkable (for us, anyway) and threw it away at Christmas. Then we took the rest of the year off. Totally.

The next year we used less structured curricula from Hewitt Research Foundation based upon the teachings of Ruth Beechick.
You then learned to read in what you would consider the 2nd semester of 1st grade. The rest, as they say, is history!

Connie Char said...

I was always surrounded by books.

ginellebaskin said...

Timely topic for my household right now since my 6 year old is learning to read. He has always loved being read to but is not too excited about reading for himself. He deems it "boring". Gasp! I know! I'm hoping this will change once he gets better at it and he realizes reading can be fun.

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