Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:01 am
I'm doing MFW 1st with my dd right now. She is a quick learner and remembers easily, but learning to read has certainly been a challenge for her. It is not her favorite thing.
I was overwhelmed by the pace at first, too. I thought it might be too much for her, especially when she started saying that she hates reading and she dreaded the reading/phonics lessons. However, we pressed on, following the curriculum as Marie has set it up.
Currently, we're on the story of Joseph in the Bible Reader. Previously I would have thought that she should master a sound before moving on to the next one. However, I have found that with the constant repetition and review in the workbook and Bible Reader, she is gradually getting it. When she has trouble with a sound we've learned, I gently remind her. "Remember, this is the sound a-r makes. Or, remember, if there is an e at the end, it is usually silent and makes the first vowel long." Etc. She still struggles, but her reading is getting more fluent each day.
Also, it helps her if she and I work together. If she is really struggling to read some days, then we will take turns reading pages out of the Bible Reader. She reads a page and I read a page, etc. That has helped her, too, because she hears me read the words in her story, and it helps her read them because she has already seen and heard them read.
Beginning readers need help. I have to remind myself not to expect her to do it all on her own. She is still learning, and with practice and perseverance on her part and patience on my part, she will become a strong reader.
With your ds, I would say go ahead and slow down if you need to, but keep pressing forward. As Margaret said in her post, at some point, it will "click", and everything will come together.
May God help you with this each day!