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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Teaching your toddler to read

One of the question that I get asked a lot is "How do you teach your child how to read?" This is usually after they see Lil' C reading on her own either at the library or at school.

Lil' C started reading on her own around 32 months. At 3 years and 2 months, this is what she is reading. Her favorite princess book.

She is able to read the whole book by herself. I think she only missed 1 or 2 words from this story.

Frankly, I have no secret method to share. When Lil' C was around 9 months, I did try the Glenn Doman method. Unfortunately that only lasted 2 days! Both of us were so bored doing the flashcards. The Glenn Doman method is a good method but it is not for everyone.


I think what worked for Lil' C was the amount of reading that we did. Since I was at home with her all day, we read a lot. Probably around 10-20 books a day. When I was pregnant, I was not working and I went shopping everyday and I think I bought a book almost everyday! Usually I get them at Marshalls or TJMaxx which is like the reject shop. So their books are very cheap. That's why by the time Lil' C was born, she already had a huge collection and it is getting bigger everyday.


We also go to the library at least twice a week. The libraries here are really great. There is no limit to the number of books that u can check out. So we usually bring a whole stack home.


I guess what I did was instill the love of reading in Lil' C instead of forcing her to read. We would read all kinds of books from picture books to early reader books. I even bought her a kids dictionary & encyclopedia! Hey, they were 70% off! How could I resist! :) I am a bookworm myself, so reading to her was something that I really enjoy.

Through our daily readings, she started to pick up alphabets and soon words. Before I knew it, she started reading on her own. It's good that she's reading but to me, what was important was that she loves to read. It's the 1st thing she does when she wakes up every morning.

So what is my secret to teaching a toddler to read early? It's READ, READ and READ! Read to your kids as often as you can. Instill the love of reading in them and they will soon be picking up books on their own. Most of all, have fun reading! :)

Friday, January 11, 2008

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A sledding we will go . . .

Lil' C is a little to young to go skiing. So last weekend, we took her sledding instead. We drove to the mountains about 1/2 hour away.
The first thing she did when she got there was to lie down in the snow & made her snow angel!! :)
The snow was very nice at the sledding area. There was a lot of snow. Here's Lil' C trying to make snow footprints but the snow was up to her knee! So her snow prints were not to be seen.
Lil' C sledding off the hill with her friend, J
Another fun way to sled - on your tummy! :)
At the end of the day, a tired little girl gets a ride from daddy.
Some beautiful scenery at the sledding area. I love snow! :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Did you make any new year resolutions?

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a fun holiday! We just got back last night after spending a week with my sister and her family. Lil' C had the greatest time playing with her cousins. Sometimes I feel very guilty that Lil' C doesn't get to see her cousins more unlike my own childhood where I grew up with my cousins. I guess that is one of the biggest cons when we live abroad. :( Hopefully she will get to see them more often this year.

Anyway, it's Jan 1, 2008 already. A new year, a new start. Anyone made new year resolutions?? For me, this year I really want to spend more time homeschooling Lil' C. Ever since she started preschool in Sep last year, I have been slacking off in this area. Chalk it up to laziness due to my newfound freedom!!! :) Lil' C will still be attending preschool because I want her to socialize with other kids. However she has been showing a lot of interest in lots of other areas like spelling and math. I would love to capitalize on that interest before she loses interest. So I really need to get my act together and get organized this year!!

What about you? Any big plans for this year? :)