Soren’s Starting to READ at age 5!

I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of my Soren.  He just turned 5 a few days ago and he’s already starting to read!!  I know it is early and he has a long time to go to achieve perfection but he’s doing so well!!

Here in England, they teach the kids a totally different concept to reading then they do in America.
It’s called Read, Write, Inc method and it is turning out to be great!  It is dubbed as a “Proven Synthetic Phonic Approach” and when done correctly and consistently throughout the school, it ensures success in literacy by the age of 6.  There are many great case studies of inner city schools turning around rapidly.

Every couple of weeks, we are invited in the classroom to observe the kids learning.  A couple times, we saw the Read, Write, Inc lesson being taught by the Reception year head teacher, Ms. Samuels.  She stood at the front of the room with all the kids on the floor.  She talked about a sound vs. a letter, so K.  K for Kangaroo…  Explained it’s a bouncy letter, the kids stood up, bounced up and down while repeating the sound ‘k’, ‘k’, ‘k’.  They then learned to write it using the body of the Kangaroo.  Down his body, up his leg and down his tail.  Then they each wrote it a bunch of times on their whiteboards, etc.  It was great, as then immediately they incorporated the letter K (known again as a sound and the animal Kangaroo.  It was a your turn, my turn approach… so hard to explain vs. showing you.

If you look HERE, you’ll see a 21 minute explanation on

Here are a couple videos of Soren (again just turned 5 last week) starting to read.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

A Boston girl currently living in Dublin, Ireland snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journeys from the USA to the UK. We were there for a couple years then onto Ireland for the past 3+ years. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is 1/2 American & 1/2 Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring Europe and beyond with our two amazing kids. It’s essentially a journal of our family.

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