Learning to read with e-Xra
When Ethan was younger, I taught him to read using the whole word approach. Here’s a video of him reading at 16 months old.
*pls excuse my loud voice, did not realise i was being loud* :(
And here is a video of him reading at 20 months old.
Now that he’s over 3 years old, I introduced reading the phonetic way. I don’t usually use phonics to teach kids below 5 years old as I find it too confusing but one fine day when I was coaching a 7 year old girl to read, Ethan repeated after her and I realised that he is picking up fast on phonics. I tested him and well enough, he is coping well.
We use ‘e-Xra’ (eclectic – Express reading approach) and I highly recommend this book!
Watch this video and you can see what it is like during any one of our reading sessions..
Watch how he struggled on the word ‘could’. He mistook it for ‘cloud’ :P
Watch the video above. You will see that he got distracted by the box of colour pencils. If you encounter distractions during reading time, simply remove the object of distraction and continue reading. You’ll also notice that he had trouble with ‘bug’ and instead of telling him the word, I got him to sound it out to learn the word.
The video above shows how to utilise the book. First I coach him with the phonetic sounds and he’ll blend them together. You’ll also see that he is getting restless and common sense will tell you that it is enough reading for a day :D
Ethan and I refer this book as “ONE page a day book” as we read only ONE page every single day. It was an exception when we recorded those videos above (Ethan @ 3 1/2 years old) as he read THREE pages.. :P
Since the publication of this entry, I’ve received numerous emails on where to get the e-xra books from.
Click here to be directed to them and you may purchase it directly from there. They’ll be able to deliver the books to you with a small fee. TQ