is the work on my youngest son's desk. At the beginning of the summer I told him "our" goals. He was less than impressed, and I was weak in the knees scared.
After making myself into an oversalted pretzel of the highest twist while trying to cull through the plethora of phonics curriculum courses, books, word cards, magnetic letters, and sound boards. Whew! I finally decided on Jessie Wise and Susan Buffington's bookThe Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. Anything that uses my name in the title, "ordinary parent," seemed to be a sure win. Once I had the chance to look through the book and see its sequential course of lessons, my name became "owner" of Ordinary Parent's.
But buying the book and actually convincing the child for which the book is intended that this is a blessed union of great happiness is another story I'm sure someone has written and is selling at a homeschool fair.
Shoring myself up with the purpose and encouragement of teaching a child to read so that he might one day read his own Bible, write his own thoughts, and communicate as an intelligent man set me to the task.
I'm thrilled to report that the task has actually been an encouraging and enjoyable one. The Chairman has taken to reading like a boy to mud, a horse to hay and a mom to Starbucks. A favorite moment in the last month was when I asked him to go get his phonics cards and book for our lesson. He ran out of the room only to quickly pop back in and say, "Mommy, I love phonics. It's my favorite!"
Whew! Chalk a big one up to "ordinary parents." The phonics cards quickly progressed to word cards and now to forming sentences and reading short stories. He asks to do this lesson first, as well as asks to read stories to me. I'm extremely thankful for the blessing this program has been for us. I know there are other programs available that can provide like results, but I chose this one after research and personal recommendation.
Now, if I can teach him how to exegete Scripture....there's still time!