My husband and I thought we would use our son's extra year home to introduce reading to him at a slow, fun pace. The problem is, we have no idea how. I've tried to keep "learning" at home low key and hidden by using games. They seem annoyed if we pull out flash cards or other tools that are too school like. We read books and occasionally point out words, but is that enough? Do we need a program with a reading frog or funky phonics? A friend recommended the books; Alphaphonics or Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and I've heard that the BOB books are good, so I'm going to check those out. I'm interested to hear (especially if you home-school) what worked for you? What did your child find frustrating learning at home or school? Why does there seem to be disagreement over which method is best - whole language vs. phonics? What's the best way to learn sight words? I've read that some children are visual learners - how do you know if this is how your child processes information?
I'm amazed how many products there are on the market, but most seem so complicated it would take me a year to figure out where to begin. I don't remember how I was taught to read - probably a combination of memorization, phonics, fear, and public humiliation. I've always loved to read and I hope my sons feel the same way, so I hesitate to start too early or carry flash cards in my purse. I know they will read one day, but I wanted to do something at home before our public school starts drowning them in worksheets and deadlines.