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Ella’s fifth birthday is tomorrow and she is reading amazingly well.  My last post was two months ago and I commented that she was still having some issues.  Those have all cleared up now and I honestly marvel at the difference.  I don’t know why, but she is no longer sounding out many of the words and has added many many words to her sight word bank.  Ella just seemed to make a huge jump recently, like a light turned on for her.  It is such a joy to listen to her read now.

We gave up on Book Adventure for now and started concentrating on easier books.  Perhaps that is why her reading improved so much?  Will go back to Book Adventure at some point because that is good for checking comprehension.

In the easy section at our library we discovered the We Both Read books.  Ella and I both enjoy these.  We’ve read Hansel and Gretel and Jack and the Beanstalk this way.  I read one page and then Ella reads the next.  Both pages advance the story so it really feels like we are both reading the story.

I probably won’t blog here much anymore because Ella is reading.  I’ve taught her about all I can and it is time to move on.  She starts Kindergarten soon, amazingly.  Can’t wait to see her in a classroom setting.  Should be a joy!

  1. Claudia peebler
    May 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Mark, the We Both Can Read books are great. We use those in the tutoring program I help with. You probably already know how important independent and instructional levels are for Ella. Independent level is where she will have the most success with comprehension and instructional level is where you will best be able to instruct her. Let me know if you want instruments to determine those levels.


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