My biggest lesson I learned from my continued reading journey with my daughter is that I need to calm down and relax. She is reading. She has a great imagination and can visualize what is happening in a story without pictures. Visualization is an important skill that is necessary for good reading comprehension. Most of all I learned I need to stop being competitive and pushing her to learn skills she is not ready to acquire. (Okay, after reading I think I can do that)
I found a great adventure game my daughter liked called “Mia’s Big Adventure Collection the Search for Grandma’s Remedy.” My daughter likes to play, and the game reinforces necessary reading skills including rhyming, word recognition, phonics, and more. Just a word about DVD’s and video games, it is difficult for kids to learn any language skills simply by watching or playing a game. In order to learn they need to interact with the material often playing or watching is a passive experience not in active learning experience.