This past year, Feisty, 4, wasn’t entirely ready for a full school program. As a result, we did school whenever she felt like it. She knew all of her letters, letter sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. However, she struggled with beginning reading, and I did not push her too hard because I’m of the “no need to rush things” school of thought.
For a while, we worked through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Although Feisty could make it through the lessons and sound out the words, the whole reading thing just wasn’t “clicking” for her. So we shelved the book and watched sight word and other videos on Youtube whenever Feisty felt like it.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was able to read the second edition of Teach A Child To Read With Children’s Books. As soon as I read the book, I knew its approach would work well with Feisty. You see, she finds basic phonics instruction to be boring and tedious. At the same time, however, she enjoys predictable or “pattern books,” as teachers around here call them. After reading about the TACTRWCB method, I printed off a bunch of free Little Christian Readers, which were recommended on their website, and showed them to Feisty. It was love at first sight. Feisty “read” two books before our school year ended and has been enjoying “reading” them to everyone she meets. I put “reading” in brackets, because reading still hasn’t fully clicked with her, but I know it will soon if she continues to enjoy the books we are using.
So, without further ado, here are the books Feisty read in her K4 year:
Learning to Read:
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis, Haddox, and Elaine Bruner (first 50 lessons or so)
Plus, in order of completion:
- Starfall.com #1 – Zac the Rat
- Step Into Reading: Phonics Fun with Barbie #1 – Pat the Cat
- Starfall.com #2 – Peg the Hen
- Starfall.com #3 – The Big Hit
- Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Fun: Hello, Clifford!
- Little Christian Readers: I Am by De Anna Spencer
- Little Christian Readers: I Can See by De Anna Spencer
- Will You Be My Friend? by Eric Carle
Plus some homemade stories – specifically ones about pigs since Feisty loves to read books about pigs.
We also did many read alouds – mainly picture books and short stories.
So that’s the list. If you would like to compare other reading lists I have posted for this grade level, here they are: