Yesterday we found our 3-year-old jumping on her bed and praying jubilantly, "Dear God, Please help me to read soon!" over and over again.
I think her prayer will come true sooner than she realizes. You see, she is a consumer of books. She reads them in the morning, in the car, in bed, and under blankets. She likes classic books, Disney books, Berenstain Bears books, anatomy books, audio books, and - especially - chapter books.
To date, we've read the following books aloud to her at bedtime:
I also recently began doing "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" with her each day during her sister's nap. Tomorrow will be day 4. My thoughts so far? Oddly (and unexpectedly), I ADORE the scripted text and the somewhat brainless way of teaching. The book tells you exactly what to say and when to say it. Certainly, it's a little mechanical that way, but it's only 10-15 minutes...and the ease of the system helps me to say "yes" to the lesson even when I'm feeling non-creative. On the negative side, the first four lessons have been too-too easy and I am a little bit nervous that she'll get bored of doing the same thing every day. Only time will tell. Perhaps the promise of reading will be enough to keep her captivated.
P.S. Have you ever tried praying while jumping on the bed? I think I totally want to try it.
How old were each of your children when they learned to read? What book or system did you use to teach them (if any)?