starfall.com). To say she was proud of herself is an understatement. Of course, a card appearing from Gramma and Grandpa only added to the pride and excitement that comes with reading your first story! It is that feeling of pride. Of knowing that she can do something. Of knowing that she will do it when the time is right and that taking her time is OK which has given her the confidence she needs in the beginning stages of aquiring this amazing skill. Grace has always taken her time and I have no doubt that reading will be that way too. Since she has always been encouraged to take her time, to do things only when she feels she is ready, she has always done whatever she has set her mind to well and with great success.
To help develop that love of reading in our girls here is a list of some of the things that we have used:
- Picture books
- Chapter books (American Girl stories, Little House on the Prarie)
- Magazines (Babybug, Ladybug, Highlights High Five, Ranger Rick, Big Back Yard, Animal Baby)
- Trips to the library
- Magnetic Letters
- Fridge Phonics
- Starfall.com (Learning Letters section and Learn to Read Section)
- iPad Apps (Intro to Letters, Montessori Crosswords, AlphaWritter, Ladybug's Bookshelf, Starfall, SuperWhy, ABC Food).
- Alphabet Rocks (pictured above)
- They Might Be Giants 'Here Come the ABCs'
- LeapFrog Letter Factory
- LeapFrog Talking Words Factory
- LeapFrog Word Caper
- Phonics Eggs (see picture at the end of post)
- Alphabet Hide and Seek
- Pen Pal mail-The girls send a picture/letter to their pen pal Ellie just about every month. This activity has morphed as the girls have grown.