Phonics cards, sight word matching, using reading apps, spending time reading together and practicing letters – these were on the top of my list of things to do with Olivia to develop those early skills essential for reading.
Something happened. It wasn’t working. My ideas of learning and her ideas of learning were completely different, something that I had to learn to balance to engage her. I could talk about a letter, the sounds of a letter, and sing letter songs for hours on end and all of the information went in one ear and out the other with nothing learned. Then, she could sit down with the iPad for ten minutes and have the information that I just tried to teach her emblazoned in her brain. Wholeheartedly frustrated, she began to tune me out.
Fun and flash cards mean different things to a three year old an overzealous mom. I quickly learned to give up on the flash card and focus on reading together, ‘writing’ letters to great grandma instead of practising on printed sheets.
I learned to embrace some of our favorite reading and comprehension apps like Endless Letters and Endless Alphabet and allow her to have more time to play within the app, learning the letter sounds from someone she felt wasn’t overtly trying to ‘teach’ her. She had no interest in that.
This Time Around
This time around, I’m not a first time mom with an almost three year old who I feel is ready to start learning the letter sounds, and the letters. I embrace some of our favorite iPad apps and the learning that they can create. We read a lot, and practice writing letters to great grandma and she’s on her way to be able to write her name. This time around, I gave up the flash cards, I tossed the sight word list in the trash and we’ve been out of ink for the printer for months.
I’m not worried though, because this time around, I’ve grown as a parent and realized that every kid learns to write their name, every kid learns to read and every kid is going to eventually learn the sounds of those letters – I don’t have to force it. I can just play, engage, and let it happen.
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