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what programs did you use to help your son learn to read?

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The program where the parent helps and is consistent with doing the home readers every night. We started the love of reading and the bonding it does as a family from birth. Then when my first born started going to school we did our sight words, like the teacher asked and we did our books each night and we just kept going and we made sure that it was consistent. He started reading to his sister with the help of a parent and he read simple-read on his own books at the breakfast buffett each morning, as i got his breaky ready/lunch made. Point is parents need to sit down with their kids and help them read and be consistent about it. My son now reads well above his expected level at school and has no worries tackling other areas of his schooling. At the end of the day, its what you as the parent does with their kid, no amount of reading eggs are going to help at the same level as a parent.

 Exactly!!! Was going to say the same thing. People have learnt to read without a 'program' for how long? We do t even own an iPad/device, have never used reading eggs or anything and our son is 2. Year levels ahead of what is expected. It's called parenting.
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 Unfortunately some parents are so lazy and they dont care about their kids education!! Hence why we have an abundance of kids who cant read going into highschool and beyond. A complete joke.
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 Oh wow you are all such amazing parents. Your son is 2 and is well above his age? Lol
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 sanctimommy, have you ever heard the term?
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 Yes. Its the term lazy parents call other parents who put their kids needs first and want to help their kids learn and engage them in educational activities. The lazy parent uses this term sanctimummy to "make" themselves feel better about their lack of positive parenting and their poor kids having to miss out. In the end the mum feels good at calling the other mum sanctimummy but still their kids lack in many areas and nothing is done about it. Other than calling other mums sanctimummy.
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 Lol. Do you really feel superior?
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 Not at all, but I feel proud of my children who reap the rewards of my parenting!! And that is all that matters to me!! :)
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 I used reading eggs with my 8 year old along with reading together. I don't see any harm in using games and devices to help with the learning. Just make sure you are working with your child too.Let them play the games and then ask about what they learned, have them read something to you, look for familiar words when out at the shops, etc. He finished kindergarten reading at a year 2 level. His teacher this year told me at the end of term 2 told me she had taught him all she could as far as reading, that he had the skills he needed to pick up any book he wanted and be able to read it. I don't feel smug or sanctimonious about that at all. Proud yes but he is the one who wanted to learn and is the one who put the hard work into it. Find what works for you and your child. If it's reading eggs, comic books, library books, whatever, it doesn't matter as long as learning takes place.
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 From my perspective your comment implies that if a child can't read at 2 then the parents are lazy. I wanted my child to be able to read and write before prep. I tried hard and used every tactic I could find but he just refused. So I continued to reading to him, he knew all the basic colours and could count to 100. He's now in yr 2 and can read 2 yrs above the expected level, he's the highest reader level in his class and he is in the top percentile for reading and comprehension.
So to parents like myself who are far from lazy you do sound just a tad sanctimonious. Just because my child couldn't read before prep doesn't make me lazy and in the end it hasn't made any difference to his academic outcomes. However I do agree with the original comment. I've always read to our children and we are consistent with homework.
When my first was born the nurse that does the hearing screen said to me that the best way to teach your children to speak and widen their vocabulary is to read to them.

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 She said he is ready 2 YEAR levels ahead of what is expected. Not that her child is 2 years old and is reading.

Also, why does everything have to be a competition?
Not everybody is able to consistently read to their child every night. Its not the end of the world. Get off your high horses and realise that every family is different and just because they don't things the same way you do doesn't meant their parenting is any better or worse than yours.

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A book. If your child is decoding use letter sounds (including grouped letter sounds) and sound out all words in short books. Variety and repetition is key. If it is comprehension ask them what they have read, key ideas, how the character may have felt and how they know that questions

It's about finding their book currency, no matter how dumb you think it is! My son was so persistent learning to ready with Pokémon books because he wanted to keep reading himself- plus the books with small snippets of info made it manageable.
But if I ever hear about Pokemon again, I might poke my own eyes out!

Ready to read - it was run in Sydney by retired teachers and Speech therapists. My son was a fluent reader before he got to school. They taught phonics not this sight word rubbish.

 Lol. You do know that school teach both phonics and sight words because sight words can't be easily sounded out and need to be recognised on sight. I feel sory for your son having a moron as a parent.
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 Um, no amount of phonics will help with sight words- that's why they are called sight words....because phonics does not apply 🙄 Every school I know (as a teacher of 12 years) will teach both.
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 "Sight words are commonly used words young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so they can automatically recognize without having to use any decoding strategies" This doesn't mean they can not sound them out. For some kids with learning difficulties sounding out words is the most effective way to learn to read. But you know best because you are a teacher. What would I know I am just a parent.
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 A teacher would know a lot more about teaching kids to read than any parent.
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 I second this, teachers, know a lot more about how to teach your kids, than you do. You Cannot sound out sight words. Sight words are exactly that, learnt on sight.
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My OH and I both love reading, our eldest was being read to nightly from birth. We taught letters with a range of different methods, but she never really got excited about learning to read until we started reading eggs. Now she's getting readers and sight words from school I do those with her every day, but it didn't take her long once she started to get the idea to get to reading to herself for enjoyment. Reading eggs helped her get over that first hurdle, and now is still fun enough to keep using to improve spelling etc.

none, i have 3 girls and no boys LOL.
But yeah reading eggs and tracking their progress with small rewards, stickers etc.