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My Daughter who is now 5, and my Son who is now 4, are spot on a years difference in schooling. Last year, our Daughter who attended a special needs school started to learn to read last September. Our Son is going through the same motions a year later at a different school.
The reason for my replying to this post, is that they have both been taught a slightly different way.
They were both sent home with a first book that only contained pictures, and you have to talk the children through the story of what is appearing to be happening, using plenty of expression.
Next thing that happened is that they were both sent home with a first book in a series using 5 or 6 family characters eg, the series that they are learning has the characters Mum, Dad, Chip, Kipper, Biff,(the 3 kids) and Floppy the dog.
Both were sent home the corresponding 'flash card' for the persons name to learn, whist our Son has only been given a few flash cards and he has to learn the words as he goes along with the book, our Daughter on the other hand, was given loads of flash cards, and didn't receive a new book until she had learnt the flash card words that the book was going to contain.
In other words, our Son has had to learn the words as he has gone through the book, whereas, our Daughter had already learnt the words before she was given the book, and has whizzed through her books at an alarming rate!
I feel that this is a much better way of teaching to read, and have now decided to teach our Son from the same method, hopefully it will bring good results for him also!