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Two great ways to teach your child how to read

August 12th, 2007

My daughter will be entering Kindergarten this fall. It’s amazing what she already knows. Of course, my husband and I took a few measures to get her off to an academically strong start. We sent our daughter to preschool, where she learned colors, shapes, writing in caps and lower case, counting, addition, subtraction, the sound letters make, and how those sounds come together.

The progress was amazing and I wanted to reinforce it at home. Therefore, I asked my daughter’s teacher what books she would recommend at this stage. Her response was simply “the Bob books.” The Bob Books are written by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen. The books come in 5 sets:

  1. Bob Books First! Beginning Readers
  2. Bob Books Fun! Advancing Beginners
  3. Bob Books Kids! Word Families
  4. Bob Books Pals! Compound Words
  5. Bob Books Wow! Long Vowels

Each set contains between 8 and 12 books with instructions for parents included. I found these books to be a wonderful introduction to reading. For more reviews and information on these books, go to

Another wonderful resource, which I discovered from another teacher, is This learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service. Primarily designed for first grade, is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade. Starfall is perfect for home schooling. Here are the four major categories for learning how to read.

  1. Starfall Learn to ReadABC’s Let’s get ready to read
    Introduction to Letter Sounds
  2. Learn to Read Zac the Rat and other tales
    Early Beginning Reader
  3. It’s Fun to Read
    Intermediate Beginning Reader
  4. I’m Reading
    Beginning Reader to Advanced

Starfall also has a download center with lots of free stuff. This site is definitely worth checking out.

I hope you find these resources as helpful and enjoyable as I did.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Katelyn Henderson  |  July 9th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    i was also home schooled when i was younger and it is also a great weay to get your education.~-:

  • 2. Amelia Thomas  |  July 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    i was home schooled too but i would still prefer regular schools.’;-

  • 3. Harriet Russell  |  September 9th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    i was home schooled and it is quite satisfactory when providing basic education~*”

  • 4. Magnesium Ascorbate :  |  October 23rd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    my kids are home schooled and they are always performing well in class during their High School years;*;

  • 5. L-Methionine Dosage  |  December 16th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    i was home schooled when i was still very young and i have to stay that it is also a great way to educate your kids “-~

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