Oh exciting things are happening in this house of ours. Oodles of them actually – children graduating, summer beginning, chickens brooding, and a barn to be built.
But also? Sammy is starting to read. I just love this stage of child development. He knows all his sounds and blends and he is starting to sound out words all on his own. He is so excited about it, he is ready for it, and it is a very positive, happy thing.
We are trying to sneak in a little bit of practice with word families and sight words here and there. One way that has been incredibly successful is by taping them to the stairs.
(Truthful note: Not our stairs. Ours are hard to photograph – as most old farmhouses would be I suppose. These are lovely, bright, borrowed stairs)
I hear him every single time he walks up those steps (well, not those steps) saying the words, sounding them out, pausing if he’s stuck, running quick if they are easy.
The best part about it is I have never even talked to him about them. I just popped them up one day and he is so eager to read that he took it from there.
Little Benjamin is starting to learn his letters, so he takes some time each trip up the stairs to see what letters he can recall.
Now that I’ve used this idea, I see so many other uses for it!
Sight words and word families are great, but we could even do simple sentences. A special message would be fun.
Letters, especially spelling a little ones name to begin practicing those very important letters —- B-e-n-j-a-m-i-n will be going up soon.
Counting or skip counting, or even multiplication facts would make for great practice on the stairs.
I think this idea is going to hang around for quite some time!
I hope you are having a lovely start to your summer friends, thank you so much for reading.