Last week Drama King had become overwhelmed so we took a break from the Reading Reflex. We had heard about BOB books and found the first set on eBay at a reasonable price so I pulled them for a no pressure week. I was completely surprised when Drama King picked up the first book and read it front to back with a little prompting from me. Then he read the book to Grandma Deb and a few days later to Tim. He enjoyed the books so much that he read a few more with Tim and even brought the books to show his speech therapist. He’s been working since day one with saying the s sound in speech and the first book covers the s sound.
The boys used watercolors to paint alphabet pages and learned about hieroglyphs. The hieroglyphs was a spur of the moment lesson after Tim and I watched the movie Stargate for the hundredth time. Hieroglyphs were pictures that depicted language so it fit right into the Reading Reflex’s use of sound pictures. I printed out a master sheet of the hieroglyphs and the boys practiced drawing the pictures to create words. After I told them the lesson was inspired by a movie, the boys were excited to see the movie and they compared the hieroglyphs they saw on screen to the ones they practiced earlier.
Next week, we’ll continue the Reading Reflex program along with the BOB books and we’ll introduce some handwriting exercises inspired by the Handwriting Without Tears program. Plus from here on out we’ll do a monthly reading reflex update.