Why, oh, why does teaching reading have to be so difficult? I know this is a rhetorical question, but, honestly, I don’t remember it being this hard when I learned to read! Ha, ha! I have many questions about teaching reading. Such, as:
- Why does my son look at me when he is reading? Are the words written on my forehead?
- Why does the same boy look at the first letter in a word and then proceed to guess what the word is-ex., the word “bad” is read “bbbbb-at”, “bat”. Noooooo, that is not the word.
- Why does he wait for me to sound out the word for him, when I know with certainty that he knows all the sounds of all the letters in the alphabet. (I think.)
These are just a few questions that I am trying to answer for myself. Really, I do NOT want you all to answer them for me. I know that teaching someone to read is not easy. I did it in a public school classroom for 7 years. But, thank God, the kindergarten teachers in public schools have self-inflicted goals to teach kindergarteners to read. This always made my job as a 1st grade teacher quite simple. Yet, now I have the burden of figuring out how they did it! Pray for me.
On a side note, he loves making words with his magnetic letters. He used three of his sight words and his name to make this sentence. I don’t think he knows that he made a sentence, but maybe he knows more than he wants me to know!