What a precious season of life are the years considered kindergarten. A time of great learning without effort. Kindergartners are naturally curious about the world and very easy to teach. They WANT to learn new things! (Which can sometimes pose its own set of challenges 😊)
When my child shows readiness, I begin moving through the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book. I limit our times using this book to about 15 minutes a day, and I do not do the writing portion of the book. I have found that all children will hit a point of readiness in this area as well, where they want to practice letters, and that is the time that I will make myself available to help them learn letter formation. Using a yellow highlighter I will write their name (or whatever else they want to write!) in large letters on a piece of paper and let them trace it. I follow their lead when it comes to writing, because I have found that at some point all children want to write letters. If they are pushed early to begin a handwriting program, however, it can quickly turn into a power struggle.
I have several videos sharing about how we use the Teach Your Child to Read book, which I will share below. Every one of my children has hit a point partway through the book where they either weren’t progressing or just didn’t want to do it anymore. When your child gets to a wall, step back and observe the situation. Do they need to take a break from the program to allow their brain time to mature? This was the case for several of my children. I put the book away for a couple months and when I got it out again, I found they were suddenly able to understand the very thing that gave them such trouble before.
If it is not a matter of comprehension difficulties, but just an unwillingness to proceed, a sticker chart might help. Learning to read is hard work! As long as you are keeping the sit down time to no more than 15 minutes a day you are not asking too much of a child. A sticker chart with a special prize offered at the end can help motivate a reluctant child. After all, learning to read is something to CELEBRATE!