This is the first part in my series Beyond ABC's: Teaching Your Child to Read in Just 15 Minutes a Day. The 15 minutes a day will be spent on targeted instruction for your child.
Targeted instruction means to
1.) assess your child's strengths and weaknesses.
2.) plan lessons that target your child's areas of weakness.
3.) directly teach your child the reading skills he is lacking.
This Beyond ABC's series is about more than just doing fun learning activities with your child. Don't get me wrong; still do those fun learning activities. I am a strong believer of play-based learning. But, if you have a child that already knows his letters and letter sounds and you are ready to move beyond just the abc's and teach your child how to read, then this series is for you!
PART 1: Getting Organized
You will want to spend your entire 15 minutes each day actually teaching your child. You don't want to waste time searching for or preparing materials. I have found it helpful to have a notebook with everything that we will need already in it.
- 1-inch 3-ring Binder (Get something fun that your child will like. Or, let him decorate the cover.)
- 2-pocket folder with 3-ring holes
- Page Protectors (Make sure you get glossy, not matte!)
- Dry erase markers, fine tip
- Printer paper and lots of black ink for your printer cartridge. I print TONS of materials and books for my son, so I would suggest purchasing ink refills instead of new cartridges each time you run out of ink. We paid about $11 for an ink refill kit from Amazon and have already refilled our cartridge twice and still have tons of ink left.
We keep our dry erase markers and a tissue (for erasing) in the front pocket. Or, you can purchase a pencil holder that fits in a 3-ring binder for storing these tools.
What to put inside:
Label your dividers however you want. We have reading, writing, graphic organizers, and since we also use this binder for math we also have a section for that. It doesn't really matter what you label your dividers as long as it works for you and is organized. It's always easy to change the labels and move things around if you need to.
The left side of the pocket folder is where you will keep books and print outs of consumable activities. You will put pages that you want to use over and over again in the page protectors (handwriting sheets, graphic organizers, etc.).
The right side of the pocket folder is where you will keep your ongoing assessments (more on this later in the series) and stickers.
Once a week, I set aside "planning time," where I print out and get together everything I'll need to use for the week. So, the left side of the folder is FULL. It usually has 3-4 books from Reading A-Z and several activity pages to go along with the books. I'm not one to write down everything that I plan on doing for the week. But, if you need to, include a lesson plan sheet on the left side pocket with your books. Also, you don't need to spend a ton on reading programs and resources. You can check out books from the library and there is a lot of stuff you can get online for free.
Here are just a few FREE resources to get you started:
More phonic sheets (vowel sounds)
I encourage you to check out these links and explore the sites for even more resources.
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