well, i'm not sure we'll take this adventure on quite yet -as we're also starting up school again in the fall! i think we'll wait and see how that goes...
for reference (for me when we are ready and friends who may want to know), here is a list of some reading readiness signs i found:
Using the Context of the Story:
Reading and Print Attitudes:
The idea behind this type of book is that the children are encouraged to use the sounds that letters make (long and short sounds, 'r' controlled sounds - a as in car, and hard and soft sounds as in Cindy and Candy. When children are encouraged to make these books, they can read them on their own as they have made the pictures to help them.
Pattern books are another great early writing and reading activity. Again, children draw the pictures and use patterns like: Blue is for the Sky. Blue is for the Bluejay. Blue is for blueberries. Or I like books: I like to run. I like to jump. I like to play.
Lots of praise at this stage will encourage the young reader to develop confidence and will move foward in their ability to read.