On this page I will start giving tips for teaching reading. This page is dedicated to St. Philomena in thanksgiving to her for all the help she is giving me to teach my 14 year old daughter Anne to read. It is also for other parents who have very young or special needs children to assist them in their efforts to teach their children to read. (Anne has difficulties learning to read because of autism and mental retardation but St. Philomena is helping me in the teaching of this subject to Anne).
I will be building this page bit by bit due to many other things which call out for my attention.
Tip 1. make up matching words lists such as: ell, bell , cell, dell, fell, gell, hell, Jell, Nell, quell, sell, swell, tell, well etc.
Type the words into a new word processing page and then select them and put the words in the largest size which your computer programe will allow. Make two columns on the page. Hide the line which goes down the page.
Do them in a list going down the page and use right hand justification.
The right hand justification will allow the matching part of the words to fall exactly under each other. Make sure than the letter e is in bold text because some children will see a word like cat and mistake it for cot or cut etc. because they recognised the c and the t and but they don't pay too much attention to the letter in the middle.
For learner readers teach the sound of the letter first. Leave the alphabet untill till much later or the child will have difficulty sounding out the words.
Remember to put your matching word lists into the plastic pocket pages of a display book for easy viewing and for their protection. Keep your words lists files on your computer. (Also write the name of the computer file in small print at the bottom of your hard copy. A hard copy is the copy that you print out on paper).
On the right hand side of the screen is an example of how a folder page comes out when using the technique which is described above.