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Letter Crafting: M

Recently I have taken on the project of teaching my four year old how to read. After much research I decided to use the Distar reading program. This program was described as a very forward way of teaching. No fancy tricks or reward systems. In fact a former teacher recommended the book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons written by Engelmann, Haddox, and Bruner. As if the title didn't say it all, this book simplifies all the twenty minute lessons. The words you use for approaching the lesson are highlighted and even directions for correcting a child's misstep are clearly listed as the lesson unfolds. My four year old is sounding out words and we are only on lesson 7 as of today! She is so engrossed with the unraveling of a word when sounding it all out, and the best part is, I'm not stressing how to approach correcting her! We are loving it!

     The one point that I wish this process included was a bit of creativity. I know I love the simplicity of it, but I …

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