- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805444777
- ISBN-13: 978-0805444773
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mommy, Teach Me to Read: A Complete and Easy-to-Use Home Reading Program Paperback – June 1, 2007
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About the Author
Barbara Curtis has published more than 700 articles and five books and writes the popular Mommy Life blog. She is an AMI certified Montessori teacher and leads workshops for mothers from all walks of life on reading and other educational topics. Barbara and her husband, Tripp, have twelve children and live in Waterford, Virginia.
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Barbara Curtis' methods are very Montessori-ish, while using everyday materials. She advises lots of hands-on activities as opposed to pencil work, which is great for moving little ones along the path towards reading, whether or not they're ready to write. As to be expected, she starts with encouraging parents to read to your children. A lot. As the child becomes interested, she introduces oral "word games", such as giving words that begin with a given letter to increase phonetic awareness. Magnetic alphabet letters are used to start "spelling out" simple words, and once a child starts spelling out words on their own, she recommends creating a phonetic word basket, where a child matches labels to actual objects. My daughter was reading before we got that far, but the concreteness of physical objects has been great for our little guy.
It's not a thorough introduction to phonics, but was enough to get my eldest daughter reading fluently. Some children might need to go on to more structured phonics, but this is still a great place to start, especially with 3-4 year olds!
I honestly didn't expect much success. Even at 2.5 my son was barely talking and I figured that "Mommy Teach Me to Read" was going to be shelved for years. I was more focused on just trying to teach him some basic concentration building skills. We did several activities. He especially loved the button sorting and shape puzzles. He still wasn't talking much, but I noticed his concentration was getting much better. Prior to starting his activities he would jump up and leave half way through a book. Now, he was starting to sit through the entire thing and ask for more. I was thrilled!
Around this time he started acquiring more language so we started playing the phoneics game. His progression was exactly as Mrs. Curtis described it in Mommy Teach Me to Read. First I'd say "let's think of mmm words" and he'd say "dog" or some other random word. So I'd give him example after example after example, and he finally realized that an "mmm" word was "monkey". Huge breakthrough!
We did this for a long, long time and he stayed at this level for probably about 6 months. Somewhere during this time we started to show him letters and he was able to make the sound. We started letting him watch signing time and Wordworld and he picked up the names of the letters on his own through those shows. I was a bit worried he would become confused, but it seemed to only cement his understanding of letters.
I made flash cards of the list of 3 letter phonetic words found in "Read" and for the past month or so we've been going over them. He got the individual sounds, but wasn't putting together that they made a cohesive word. Last week he started sounding out the letters in stop signs and said the word STOP. Huge celebrations abounded.
The next day we sat down with the cards. His big breakthrough came about 5 cards in when "hug" came up. He sounded it out and then said "hug". He looked at me and said "HUG!?" and gave me a hug. I felt like Annie from the Miracle Worker. He went on to READ every word that I gave him. He was actually making the connection that duh ah duh said "dad" and that "dad" meant Daddy.
So we bought the Bob Books that were recommended and he read the entire first book! I am confidant that he could have read far more, but I didn't want him to get overwhelmed so we stopped there for the day.
I am so beyond thrilled that my little preemie is reading at 3.5 years. I'm also elated that he's not just sounding out the letters, but actually comprehending what he's reading. This is huge because my son has struggled with comprehension in the past and really seems to be making a breakthrough.
I am so thankful that I found Mrs. Curtis' books because her techniques have completely opened up my son. He is so excited to be reading and now asks us for books. I've also noticed a huge change in his behavior since about 2 weeks ago when he really started catching on to everything. He used to have terrible temper tantrums, but he's starting to tell us more what is wrong and even putting himself in timeout! It feels like a light bulb has gone off and he finally understands language and its uses.
I recommend this book to all parents. It, combined with "Mommy Teach Me", should be handed out at birth! I feel that they have prepared my son for a lifetime of learning. I can't wait to use begin teaching my daughter.