I am currently teaching my 4 1/2 year old to read at home without a curriculum. We started with word families (you can read more about our “method” here), and now Gresham is reading many three letter words. He can read lists of “at” words and lists of “an” words, but I wondered if he could discriminate between words when there was no context to use to figure them out.
I made him this worksheet to find out! I simply made rows of three words with similar spellings, and asked him to circle a particular word in each row. He definitely had to think about it, but he did a good job!
Gresham is also reading simple sentences that I make up for him (such as “Gresham had a wet pet.”). I am so thankful that he is enjoying learning to read and is happy to work on it every day! Now if I could just get him to feel the same way about putting away dirty clothes…
Gresham is almost ready to move on to the first book in the Explode the Code phonics series, but I am waiting until his writing skills have come along a little more. He still has trouble controlling whether his letters are going to be big or small – they just sort of happen!