Junayd is now getting the grips of ‘phonetic reading’ (as I like to call it), although he makes the expected mistake here and there.
I borrowed a book from our local library to help, and it’s been a GREAT help in making the transition from the alphabet to reading, alhamdulillaah. The book is called Superphonics, by Ruth Miskin. This title has a set of about 6 books, and I borrowed 4 from the library.
The first book goes through the alphabet, dedicating a double page to each letter. It uses a similar approach as Letterland, where the letters are represented by the shape of an object that begins with the letter – i.e. ‘a’ is represented by an apple shaped as an ‘a’.
I skipped this book because Junayd is already familiar with the letters… I did, however, flick through a couple of pages with him.
The second book gets down to the nitty-gritty: blending. It uses a fun approach and even provides a ‘script’ that you can use with the child, which is very helpful, mashaa`Allaah. Again, it dedicates a double page for each concept or unit.
We’ve been taking each unit a little at a time, and alhamdulillaah Junayd is getting to grips with the whole blending concept. He does, however, sometimes want to rush through a lesson, and as such, will say whatever he ‘thinks’ the words may be!
I really recommend this book, tabaarakAllaah.