Also, I love the self-reading transition phase. They pick their book and don’t ask for your help to sit beside and read.
I almost had tears when I first saw my 5-year-old read on his own. After a lot of read aloud sessions and reading a certain book repeatedly, this seemed like bliss.
Not that I don’t like to read to him, but I tend to get bored after 7 to 8 reads of a certain book. #momguilt
Anyways, we did not do any phonics worksheet, sight words or go in a certain progression. (and there is nothing wrong in doing so either). We used only the books like most parents do.
I would read it aloud to him and would pause to point out the easy words for him to read along with me. This did the trick.
It is simple as it sounds. You do not need to learn phonics or worry about not introducing it to your children yet.
If you live in India, you know how much emphasis is given for Phonics classes (yes, that is a thing here😉). Please be assured that you do not need any of that.
Your little one will come across words like ch,sh ,th (what they call consonant digraphs – I had to google it 😉). When they make mistakes, read it out again for them. That will do.
If you are more intrigued you could read more about Digraph, dipthongs and blends. You will get more insight.
Now about the books we read.
- Usborne phonics readers- There are around 42 titles. You can check them all here .
The title will mostly giveaway of the words inside.
Easy ones like cat, fat, ted, red. To slightly tougher ones like Poodles, weasles, unicorns, uniforms. You get it!!
You can find the amazon links here. If you find it difficult to choose the books – you pick the whole set for a Combo price. Usborne books have a good resale value, so you can rehome them once you are done.
- Oxford read at home series – I am so thankful for the publisher coming up with these simple yet effective content. They very well know how to captivate the child’s interest. After a point, my then 4-year-old fell in love with the characters like Kipper, Bliff and Chip. They do have reading levels on each book, making it easy for the parent to choose the right books.