I have years of teaching under my belt and I have taught hundreds of kids to read and write in English but when I discovered Montessori I found out that the traditional way of reading first wasn’t necessarily the best way to help the child.
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How to make Montessori Style Sandpaper Letters
The first chapter book he read was Fantastic Mr Fox by the wonderful Roald Dahl and then he started on the Magic Tree House books. He got to book 24 before they became too easy and again I looked for other books to stretch him. The great thing about Magic Tree House is the guide you can get to go with them, we didn’t get them for every book, just the ones he really got into like Egyptians. I found this to be a great springboard for project-based learning too.
By the time he had finished with Magic Tree House, he was pretty much able to read anything. He still loves books that are in a series and he has quite a broad taste as far as subjects and authors go.
How Do I Choose The Right Book Level For My Child
It can be hard right? Reading level wasn’t such a problem here but appropriate content was, as I child my reading age was way above average and my mom had the same problem. Content meant for teens often isn’t suitable for 6 and 7-year-olds! Recommendations from trusted friends are my best tip. If you ever get stuck, come and ask in Moms That Rock (my free community) and we will help you out.
If you’re not sure if the book is the right reading level for your little reader then THIS POST will help, go through it together with your child.
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