Hi! I just found this site and am hoping someone here can offer some advice. :)
My name is Kristy and we just started homeschooling our oldest daughter. She is 5. In regards to reading I started by introducing the alphabet. I figured she needed to know that an "A" was an "A" before moving on. Now I'm getting mixed opinions. Some people say NOT to teach "ABC" but to teach only letter sounds. I'm also confused by what method to use. The two I have been most interested in are Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Explode the Code. I'm very confused about which is best though, and can I use them together?
I'm getting worried that I'm going to "mess up" this very vital part of learning and I'd like to find a strong method rigth from the start to prevent any confusion. The 100 Easy Lessons seems simple enough, but it has a ton of mixed reviews that makes me very hesitant. The ETC seems to be all positive. I'd love some feedback from people that have used these (or any other programs) for beginner readers! Did you do any previous learning before starting a program and if so what?
Did you teach the alphabet, just alphabet sounds, etc? Or move right in to a phonics program?
We read a lot of books, play alphabet bingo, etc, but I'm hoping to start something more very soon.
Thanks for any assistance!