I got a call from Aunt Jenn in South Africa about a week ago asking how Petra’s reading was coming along. I haven’t updated with any video for nearly a year. We started her in the Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading (OPGTR) at 3.5 years old (skipping past the first few sections on letter sounds since she already knew those). Today she is 4 years old and 7 months.
She is still learning to read. She reads softly, which is especially strange considering how loud she really is. And we need to work on commas, periods, exclamation marks, question marks, coming to a complete stop at the end of sentence, etc. But overall, I AM VERY PLEASED with OPGTR and still think that every parent needs a copy.
Some things I have noticed is she is picking up speed. She often reads over words without speaking them for me to hear. Sometimes I have found her reading silently. She is reading words backwards less often (a concern since her biological mom indicated that she was dyslexic). She is doing great phonetically trying to spell words on her own. Today for instance she spelled – wotrmelin, for watermelon.
The two videos below are a short part of a book she read today titled Who Lives in an Alligator Hole a Let’s Read and Find Out Science book by Anne Rockwell that I would highly recommend. The Scholastic Reading Level for this book is 3.8; the Accelerated Reading Level for this book is 4.4 (translates into reading grade level).
She has some trouble reading some of the larger words as you will notice. But we haven’t even covered 2 syllable words yet in her reading lessons. The OPGTR is an exceptional book at teaching phonics sequentially. And before we get to a lesson she usually knows how to read the words already. She should be finishing the book before her fifth birthday in November. Generally speaking I have heard that when a child finishes reading the book they are reading at a 4th grade level. I will post another video when she completes the lessons.
Overall what I love most is that she LOVES reading. She read at least 5 books today, all on her own, just because she wanted to. It just makes me smile to see her sitting with a book, curled up on her bed, reading away.
And there are two more things I want to be sure to mention. Reading lessons are fun and simple. If anything she loves them because she gets one on one time with mom, but she also just loves them. She asks for them regularly. Sometimes twice or more a day. And it only takes a few minutes. You can get a lot accomplished in 5 minutes.
In the meantime, enjoy the following videos. This was a library book – I had never read it to her, and she had never read it. So you can see how she did the first time through. Next time through this same book there will be very few mistakes because she will have learned it. You will notice in the part 2 video she wanted to make sure I was still recording. While this was a challenging read for her, she loved reading it.