Both of our boys completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy challenge. The premise of the challenge is pretty straightforward. All you do is read 1,000 books to your child before he/she starts kindergarten. Any book counts and more importantly you can repeat books! With the proliferation of the program nationwide and in Canada, more than likely your local library carries the reading challenge. We’d be surprised if they did not carry the challenge. If your local library does not carry the challenge, there is a free App that you can use to track your reading and there are also free log sheets that you can download to complete.

Turns out the fine folks at 1000 Books Before Kindergarten also have an awesome phonics program. The phonics program is the perfect complement to the reading challenge and can also be worked on simultaneously. What we like about the phonics program is that it is a hybrid program. There are drills that you print out and there are also fun online flashcards with pronunciation and games that you can go through with your child. I didn’t realize that there were only 44 sounds in the English language. The phonics program is broken down into 15 very manageable steps. It took us about 10 weeks to go through the program with each of our boys and I must say (not meaning to brag), but the boys are solid readers now.

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