My little guy, Kyle is learning to read. He is my earliest reader. He just has a mind to absorb knowledge.
For many years I have been reading about a phonics program called "Alpha Phonics" by Samuel L. Blumenfeld, and decided to use it with my son who is five and as a help for my Sarah.
It has been fun to watch him learn and to see his eyes light up when he recognizes words. The other day he asked me to help him read a book. He did most of the reading, I helped him with a few words but he really did it!
We have a few books that he practically has memorized, but even with those he 'reads' them - just knowing what the words say and looking at them while reciting is reinforcing it in his mind!
I have found that Alpha Phonics has been a great help to my 8 year old struggling reader as well. It has given her confidence in her reading that she didn't have before.
Teaching them to read is truly one of the most satisfying things about educating my kids at home. I have loved sharing my delight in reading with them.
If a person can read well, with understanding, they can teach themselves anything!
Welcome to the world of knowledge, ideas, and the gaining of wisdom, son.