The book has a “sentence pyramid” concept tool, which parents can use to help their children read sight words. The author insisted that flash cards have very little success with his own child, and the “sentence pyramid” worked great for his toddler. The book carries a hundred fifty of the most commonly used words in kindergarten and first grade. These words include; and, the, on, I, we, and much more. Mr. Fernstedt also included everyday words such as; dog, cat, truck, and car. Along with this ingenious concept, the author included context which every child will be able to relate to by using the use of sight and color. Each page is colorfully illustrated portraying family, respect, friendship, and cooperation.
After purchasing the last book on the book shelf at a local homeschooling store, I brought it home anticipating what the results of my $19.99 investment was going to be.
The first week: After using the suggestion of the author concerning the “sentence pyramid”, I discovered that my spunky four year old has an awesome memory!
The second week: I decided to hide the pictures with my hand, to see if my son was able to still memorize the words. I decided to continue with the same pages. By this time, I have discovered my sons troubled words.
The third week: I wrote down my sons troubled words on index cards with a pencil, and then I let him trace the word in a washable marker. Hmmm… I think this is going to work.
The fourth week: I still decided to work on the same four pages – I let my son trace ALL of the words on index cards from the sentences (not just the troubled words). I then spread them out along the table, letting my son make his own sentences.
So what are my thoughts?
It worked! Yes, it really, really worked! I now gradually add a couple of pages a week. My son turned four early this year, and I believe this book helped him get a head start in school. I feel proud, and he feels achieved. In addition with “I Can Read Now,” I have decided to add a “reward” chart. Each time my son finishes his “school work” I put a sticker on his chart. When he finishes the chart, he receives a surprise.
How can “I Can Read Now” be more beneficial then only using sight cards? One of the best rewards is to see my young four year old excited. He calls the book, “his reading book” and enjoys the colorful illustrations.
Go ahead! Make a 19.99 investment, and you might just discover that your child can read too!