Thursday, April 9, 2015

How We've Taught Our Now 5 Year Old to Read at the Age of 3

Just a reminder that every child is different and unique . It took me some time to have the courage to write this, mainly because this post is not intended to push parents to teach their kids how to read at an early age. Every kid, opens their gifts in their own beautiful time. At an early age , we saw Lucy's potential and her interest in reading, we cultivated it.  Use this as a guide on how to teach reading or to get them start to love reading.

So this was how our Lucy learned to read at the age 3.

Picture Books.. 

When she was a baby,  we got a lot of baby books from friends and family. We also scored some awesome deals on yard sales. Needless to say, we started a good collection of books for her. Reading to her was one of our favorite bonding times.

Baby can Read Set

We started her out with this set at the age of 18 months. During those times, when this momma needs to cook or do some chores..I am not beyond turning the TV on. There were a lot of times of course that she won't sit through  the duration of the DVD . She would play..she would do something else but I would still leave the show on for her. When I needed to sit and relax but still wanted to spend time with her, I would do the flashcards.

She was two years old in this video..

Library trips

 For a no spending activity during the week and sometimes on Saturdays , we took library trips. She was about 3 yrs old when we first took advantage of our local library's  story telling time, when she can actually sit for a story. Every visit we borrow about 10-15 books..a wide variety of books. During summertime, our local library has summer reading program, where you get rewarded for reading 5 books. How fun right? Especially when you get a free In n Out burger for reading 5 books! It's always a happy belly for me and Rob :)

We have a paid membership at a public library in a nearby City. It is paid because we are not a resident of that City. The membership was only $30 a year, but it is well worth it. Trust me, not all libraries are created equal! This library is HUGE! Tons of books and movies too!

We also take advantage of the library's bag sale. Where you get to fill the bag with books , as long as it fits for only $4-$5.  We let her choose books. We still do this now, with two girls.

Here's Lucy @ 4 and Lily @ 2 yrs old while waiting for the storytelling time in our local library.

Lucy even enjoys a Barnes and Noble trip.

Love of Books..books everywhere

Rob and I love to read books, she sees us read. They learn by example. We make sure that books are always within her reach. It doesn't have to be expensive or classic books. A wide variety is good.

You can start with nursery rhymes

Lucy @ 2 yrs old.

Lily (left) , our youngest still a baby but likes to look at picture books already ( how time flies!)  and Lucy @ 3 yrs old .

" A house without books is like a room without windows " -- Horace Mann

We read to her everyday.

We read about 3 books minimum everyday, during the day and before we go to the bed. When we read to her , we point out words to her. We use different tones when reading, it makes her more interested in the story. In short, we don't monotonously read to her. I must tell you though that there were days and nights when we just couldn't get ourselves to read to her. We get tired..and all we just want to do is just sit or chill nothing and just vegetate! But how can you say no, when a kid hand you a book right? We ad lib..because most often we had already read the book we will use our own words to tell the story. I know you might be wondering if that is helpful when it comes to teaching them how to read? We totally think so because by doing so..we still keep her interested in the book she wants us to read.

Actually , if you can spend 20 minutes a day  of leisurely reading with your kid, that is really helpful to enhance their reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge to name a few.

Lucy @ 2 yrs old

Lucy (left) , reading one of those recordable books from her Grandma, her Grandma lives far but still finds a way to read to her precious grand kids. Lily (right) , not even a year old.such a silly one. We love her cute faces in this photo.

We built a good mini library for her.

Like what I have mentioned earlier, we took advantage of yard sales, book sales and coupons to buy books. 

 When time permits, we try to keep it organize and categorize..

We make sure that we do have faith base books too!

Right now, she also enjoys audio CD books. She loves that she can follow along with the book while listening to a story. This can be pricey but take advantage of book fairs in their school or in your city.


Here's little Lily @ 2 yrs old, enjoying her beginners Bible.

Preschool at home ( Letter of the Week Lessons)

We did a letter of the week lessons. You can find the lessons , crafts and a whole lot of fun activities here :  Letter of the Week for Preschool

When we finished doing our letter of the week lessons , her reading really improved a whole lot more. With the very simple lessons I prepared for her , she was taught phonics and introduced more words to her. Not only that , we also did a lot of activities that would enhance her fine motor skills ( like tracing , coloring and cut and paste)

Click here to see our simple lessons : Letter of the Week : Ll

Building confidence , choosing books and going further...

 When your child is starting to read, there will be times where they will get stuck on a word , (when using picture books or step 1 books) You may encourage thinking by saying " Look at the picture..what do you think is it about " . If they still get stuck on the word , supply the right word. Try not to overemphasize the word that they got wrong.  Praising does wonders! When they get the word right and for trying too. After all, their confidence is built at home.

It is also beneficial if you will provide the right books with your emergent reader..

See some simple books below, I love how appealing the pictures are, very simple that the kids can guess what the words are just by looking at the pictures.  Words are short and patterned that they can read familiar words.

I remember buying this mini books at our library book sale, It wasn't a complete set but we bought all the mini  books I can find. I love it for kids that are starting to read or learning how to read.

Move along with books that are on their reading level. You can find books that states P which stands for Pre reader. Some books are labeled as Step 1.. Step 2

As of now, She is in Pre K and will soon be in Kindergarten. She is so excited to go to school everyday ( I hope that stays the same in the future..wink wink) .  After homework,I still supplement with quick and simple lessons -- we don't want to burn our kids out.  I've introduced Dolch Sight words to her. We are not done yet, we are on set 6. Here's a good site for introducing the FIRST 100 DOLCH SIGHT WORDS via 3 Boys and a Dog

Lastly, give your kids lots of chances to read. There is a short window, we know how fast they grow , read to them, spend time with them.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Letter of the Week: Vv

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 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library

From our shelves

Eating The Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
God Made You Special by Veggietales

We watched: 
The Velveteen Rabbit

You can start out by practicing the phonetic sound of the letter V.  Tracing is an awesome way of mastering their fine motor skills.
Get the tracing sheet here via  First.School

Grab this alphabet lapbooks from:
Homeschool Share

We played a matching game too, get this printable from:

they also have some cute coloring pages,


Make a Volcano and practice their cut and paste skill.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Delicious Easter Feast

Here are some of A Bountiful Love's tried and loved recipes that will help you plan your Easter feast.  Delicious, tasty and simple meals to share with our family.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Freezer Friendly Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

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All moms would agree that , we all strive to save time in every thing that we do. I do lots of planning, whether will it just be a day trip for our family.. our weekends , our day agenda, from budgeting to meal planning.. I do my best. Sometimes, life happens and good plans gets thrown out the door..and that is when flexibility is necessary.

And how awesome it is when your "to do" plans actually goes smooth !

 When I get a good look at our calendar and see those days that will be busy , I do some batch prepping and batch cooking . Sometimes , (when I have the energy)..I do freezer meals, some days I just pre cut the meats and vegetables , pre cook meats ( like ground beef).

I also prepare freezer friendly cookie dough, so I can just get it out of the freezer when we need a cookie or two maybe :)

This recipe freezes very well.. 

 You can even make it in different variations. I made it three ways : with chocolate chips , plain peanbut butter oatmeal and lastly with pretzels.

You can make this in a big batch and use these as add ons: M & M's , walnuts , chopped rollo chocolate candy , dark and white chocolates. Be creative!

They are very soft and chewy!


1 1/2 cups ( double for a huge batch)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Variations: 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup pretzels


Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside
In a separate bowl, cream butter , peanut butter and the sugars together until smooth.
Add in vanilla and beat eggs in ( one at a time)
Stir in the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
Mix in the oats.

Freezing part : Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough and form into balls. Place all the dough balls into the lined cookie sheet and freeze for about 2 hrs.  Transfer the dough balls in a ziploc bag ( freezer bag).

Baking day : Preheat oven to 350. Bake the frozen dough balls 10-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Dont overbake.  While soft on top , gently press variation of your choice ..chocolate chips M & M's or pretzels.

If you don't want to mess with the freezing part , that is totally fine. Just pre heat oven to 350 and bake for 8 to 10 mins, or until golden brown edges are visible. While soft on top , lightly press the variation of your choice.

 Happy Baking!

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