Not too long ago we decided on using the book Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise Bauer to have Satori learn to read and it’s been going well, but so far it’s all been review and practice. We’ve only gone over short-vowel and consonant sounds and words that she already knows, but she is getting good practice reading. Well this week we learn something new! We’ll be starting Section 4: Two-Consonant Blends. (Check here for a complete listing of what we’ll be learning.)

Here’s a sample lesson of what we’ve been reading so far:

Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Lesson 40

Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Lesson 40

When we read the book, I have been either typing out the sentences on my laptop and Satori always wants to type a few sentences, I think she’s going to be a great typist in a few years – she already knows where a few keys are. If I don’t type it out, I write it out on a small whiteboard. I found this whiteboard mysteriously filled in with one of Satori’s “paragraphs”, she loves pretending to write! You may recognize a few common words here. She also loves to write out punctuation marks like question marks, commas, and periods. 🙂

Satori's "paragraph"

Satori's "paragraph"

So far I haven’t required her to read the simple Bob Books she can read, I don’t want to push her too hard on the boring “Sam sat” type sentences. But the other day she did pick up a random reader book and she was able to read the first page! I will now strategically place beginning reading books around the house in hopes that her curiosity compels her to read them on her own for practice.

Today we were at the toy store looking at books and had a great conversation with a lady there. She encouraged me to keep teaching my little 4 year old to read, that it’s not too young to start, and gave us a few books for Satori to read on her own. The lady then talked about her 7 year old nephew who couldn’t read yet and that she was going to help him out this summer. It was refreshing to get this point of view, the same point of view I’ve been reading out of all the Well Trained Mind books by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. I’m excited to move on to the next level and am looking forward to putting reading even higher on our priority list. We love our new reading library (photos up tomorrow) and Satori sits down in her bean bag and pretends to read her books, with her finger tracing the words as she “reads”! I can’t wait for her to truly be reading all her books.