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Reading Like Mad!

March 13, 2013 1 comment

Ella read four books today.  I made her read the first three in the morning using my normal motivational strategies, but in the evening she started reading Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? all on her own.  Oh, and she read a book on her LeapPad this morning as well.

Ella now has a total of 4500 points earned at Book Adventure.  That is 45 books!!!!  I recently used 2000 of those points to get a free three-month subscription to Highlights for Children.  We looked at that magazine at the last doctor appointment and she really enjoyed it.  Ella also decided to use 75 points to download a balloon animal instruction sheet and is anxiously waiting for me to buy her some balloons we can use.

So, Ella is mostly doing great, but she still has some issues while reading.  My wife reminded me today, though, that Ella is still only four.  Guess I should try to keep that in mind.

The issues I’m seeing:

  • STILL mixes up b and d occasionally
  • Sounds out some words when she doesn’t need to, i.e. is, it and that’s
  • Guesses at words when she thinks more of the picture than the word
  • Sounds out individual sounds in multiple-letter phonograms (I tell her Phonogram Masters are better than that)

After reading Down on the Farm in about four minutes this morning, Ella marveled at how quickly she read it.  I told her that three months ago it would have taken her a long time and I would have had to yell at her a lot.  Nearly every word in that book was a sight word for Ella so as she challenges herself more and her ability moves up, the sight words will continue to accumulate.  I’m not worrying too much about practicing sight words as I once was doing.  They will come.

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More Books to Read

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Ella completed 16 of the 20 books we checked out last time.  The four left are all over AR level 2.1 and will be challenging.  I checked out another 12 books today that are lower level so Ella will read those and we will mix in the last four from the previous time.

If we keep up the reading, I’m not sure how good a reader Ella is going to be when she starts Kindergarten in about six months.  It continues to be exciting watching Ella get better and better.  I just don’t understand why people don’t embrace the phonograms when presented with what they can do.

Belated Update

March 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Been a long time since I’ve posted.  We took an unplanned break from reading, but we finally got to the library this past week and came home with 20 books. I spent about 1.5 hours at the library and was able to find 20 books at Ella’s reading level for testing at http://bookadventure.com/. I used http://kansas.bookconnect.com/ to find the Accelerated Reader level of the books, which is how I was easily able to determine if the books in my list are at my daughter’s level. I have a list of books at both the library and at Book Adventure thanks to Justin, who works at the library.

The books range in AR level from .4 to 2.7 so some are extremely easy for Ella and some challenge her considerably.  She read 7 of them the first day because once she finishes all 20 of them she’ll be at 4000 Book Adventure points and will have earned a new game for her Leap Pad.