My girls don’t attend an “academic” preschool. Theirs is play-based and we love it. I figured that when the time came, I’d end up supplementing a lot of their early academics at home.
During the end of the past school year, it became obvious that they were ready to start learning how to read. “Mom, how do you spell ‘ninja turtles'”? “Mom, how do you spell ‘ice cream'”?
I did some internet research and found this book on Amazon:
We’re now exactly halfway through the 100 lessons, which has taken the whole summer. I am totally amazed by the results! The book provides a script for the parent, so you know exactly what to say while being the teacher, and an entire lesson takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes (which, frankly, is all the attention span a 4-year-old is going to give you).
The girls pick up the lessons at a different pace, but they are both reading now. It has been incredibly exciting. At lesson 50, we still have a long way to go, and I’m not interested in rushing the process. Due to their age, we may end up plateauing or repeating lessons, and that’s OK. I’ve just been so impressed by this book that I had to share it. It’s perfectly designed for anyone to use.
That said, of course preschoolers don’t need to know how to read yet, and pushing kids that aren’t ready probably isn’t a great idea. However, if your kids are ready to try, I highly recommend this book and its approach.