Sometimes I still can't believe that Elias is in kindergarten. It seems like we were just bringing him home from the hospital.
But here we are. Kindergarten. Elias has transitioned into kindergarten with great ease. He loves his school, teacher and classmates. He is doing well with the routine and very happy.
We are so grateful.
One of the transitions that we have made at home is that we are working on reading every. single. night.
Nightly reading (no skipping!)
Books, books, books.
I was tickled when the kind folks at Staples offered to send us a Kindle Fire to use for reading with Elias. We are huge Amazon users in our house, so having a device that syncs with our Amazon account is incredibly convenient.
Elias loves tablets and when we told him we were getting a Fire to help with his reading, he was over the moon. The Kindle fire is the perfect size for a young child and the image quality is fantastic.
We love the BOB books and discovered that they are offered for both Kindle and Android – win!
A few other sight word/early learning apps that we have downloaded:
- Abby Sight Words Games and Flash Cards (free)
- Kids Phonics ($1.99)
- Phonics Island: ABCs, Phonics and Letter Sounds (free)
- Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games (free)
The apps have really brought the words to life for Elias. It is such an incredible joy to see the wheels in his mind turning as he practices sounds, sight words and new combinations of letters.
What is especially fascinating to me is how much Adeline is also interested in learning with the Fire. She is already trying to sound out words with her big brother.
I'm curious, what has worked for helping your children learn to read? Apps? Flash cards? Old fashioned books? A combination of all those things? We are open to new ideas.
Disclosure: Staples sent our family a Kindle to facilitate this post. All thoughts are my own.