Homeschooling Milestone: Beginning to Read!

Yesterday was a miracle day alhamdulilah. Aminah was playing her reading game on the tablet   in which she always guessed the 3 letter word which she had to match with a picture,  but yesterday i realized that she was not guessing  but was selecting using the ending sound. She would get it right if there was no similar ending sound but would get it wrong if there were words with the same ending sound.eg for cat picture if there was cat and bat.  I took over to explain the beginning sound and lo and behold she got  how to blend two letters Alhamdulilah.

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After playing the game for a while, we did some reading , I wrote two letter words  on paper

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and we  did some reading . MashaAllah she got it! It was a breakthrough day for me. She still loses her focus and starts doing her  own writing as you can see her doodles and her  jeem as we are also doing Arabic, but its okay and I don’t push her if she does not want to do something.  So we probably did this for may be just a minute or two and then she we went off doing her own coloring etc.

Today we did some more reading on the blackboard and she was able to read two letter words such as on off go an at etc etc.  However at times she is still confused if she should read from left to right or right to left.
Later during the day we read level Pk of the Emaan reading series and she read the simple  words in the book such as  see funIMAG1558 IMAG1559

and then we moved on to three letter word picture match puzzle by jolly phonics! MashaAllah she got most of them correct except for mug and pin.

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It is such a wonderful day for me and I am extremely happy. It may mean nothing to parents whose children can read, but for me its a huge milestone in homeschooling. Even though she has been recognizing alphabets since she was 2.5 but she just was not able to get the concept of blending. So I totally quit trying to teach her to read, specifically because I did not want her to use her short term memory for reading and because of the many other reasons which I wrote in this blog post.  ‘Homeschooling the not so still’. The only thing we were doing was read aloud. We read almost  every day,various kinds of books, simple ones to downright high level ones – which i knew she was not understanding much, but she still insisted me to read those to her. Currently I began teaching her Arabic letters and their sounds and doing some Arabic vocabulary. Also formally began the Qaida and  memorizing the Quran. This is what we were focusing on these days and lo and behold she began to read

Anyways, she turned 4 in Januray and still no sign of understanding blending or  her trying to read and I began to have doubts and fears of my ability to homeschool successfully. I though she was going to stay illiterate and would eventually have to be put into a school. And behold in two days time she has began to read 3 letter words – which is exactly what her peers in school are doing. I asked a friend whose daughter attends school and is Aaminah’s age and she is also doing three letter words. So even though I DID NOT  do anything to teach her how to read – any activity or exercise or worksheets but MashaAllah she is reading and is not behind – which I had thought might be the case since I am homeschooling and not doing much!

Alhamdulilah.

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