My son and my husband were looking through some bits and pieces together and my son brought over a badge he’d found, wanting to know what it said (it said WATER). He’s just getting the idea of reading now – his school has an excellent and unique emergent reading program – and usually he’s quite switched on and keen to find ways to work out what the words say – but we don’t always have good days. He gets 10 points for sticking at it (and so does my husband!)
K: what does this badge say dad?
D: you can read it… turn it up the right way
D: what is this word?
D: good now what about the two end letters?
D: try again..
D: that’s right, now put them together and say it all at once.
K: I can’t do it
D: yes you can. Let’s look at the picture, what is the person doing?
D: that’s right, now where do you swim?
K: In a pool or a creek
D: OK, what is in a pool?
D: what else?
D: right, ummmm, where do you put the chemicals?
K: in a bucket
D: OK, then what do you do with them?
K: mix them up
D: Ummm, righto…
D: What is in a pool and a creek and the beach?
K: Rocks and sand
D: Yessss, errr, ummmm, what is falling from the sky right now?
D: Yes, and what is rain made of?
D: Great! Now what is this word?
K: wait r
D: good now say it all at once fast
K: Wait r
D: try water
D: well done, now you can read.