This is one of those areas where I take for granted the ability to do something. My parents will tell you I was born reading, lol, so I don’t remember the learning process. My oldest attended Pre-K and Kindergarten in public school, and by the time I started homeschooling him in the first grade, he had already started learning to read, and had a solid grasp on it. I encouraged him and helped him, but I didn’t necessarily teach him how to read.
My youngest has never been to school, and when it came time to teach him how to read, I found out that I was clueless. I couldn’t wrap my head around not being able to look at a word and just know what it was. I also found out that one of my least favorite things to teach were Dolch, or sight words. I had absolutely no explanation for the way most of the words are spelled. Rather than just learn the words, my son wanted to know why they were spelled that way. In his brain, the word “said” should be spelled like it sounds; “sed.”
With a solid curriculum, we are overcoming the reading hurdle together. Finally, lol. Even though there were stressful times, I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to see his little face when he finally began catching on!