I've debated blogging about this but I'm hoping some of you can clear up my fuzzy thinking. If I've already asked for your advice via email please don't take this as your advice wasn't sufficient. Take this as my brain still can't grasp the concept. Ok? Ready for a long ramble? Here we go.
I'm struggling with teaching "how" to read. I was not taught in about phonics in school. I was in that time frame where sight words were the way to go. So to this day I cannot pick up the dictionary and read the pronunciation and pronounce the word properly. If I come across a word I don't know while reading I usually go with my best guess and just keep going. Bad plan, especially when you are your children's only teacher.
I know about lots of different reading curriculum, and I am sad to admit that I own quite a few; How To Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Phonics Pathway, Spell to Write and Read, and All About Spelling. I do NOT want to be a curriculum junkie. I hate spending money on things only to find out that they didn't solve the problem or that it wasn't a good fit for our family, etc.
So let's see if I can make this make sense.... When it comes to reading, without teaching sight reading or memorization (I guess that's the same thing), how do you teach your children when to use what sound when some letters have so many sounds? I have heard so many people say that their child just "learned" to read. Well how does that happen? Is this where the spelling part comes in to play. I know there are some rules like the silent "e" rule that changes the vowel sound to a long vowel. But what about "look"? How do they know that the "oo" makes that sound for that word?
Maybe I'm just not giving it enough time. Maybe I'm confused and think it's not suppose be so unnatural? Maybe my first reader girl is just a little more difficult to teach and grasp the concept?
I don't know. I have so many crazy hang-ups. Just so you know I've got a small one with Math but I see much more hope for it working itself out. LOL. I hope I don't drive myself crazy like this until the last little one we have graduates! Ah!