Recently, Tom Thumb expressed a desire to learn how to read. Not really knowing where he was at in terms of knowing his letter sounds, I whipped out my favorite reading program The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. The first 26 lessons are about teaching all the vowel and consonant sounds. I decided instead of doing the lessons I'd see what he knew already by asking him. Amazingly, Tom Thumb knew all the letter sounds, with the exception of a strange pronunciation of the letter H (when he sees the letter H he says "hill." I don't get it either). Because of that, I skipped those lessons and started right in with him on lesson 27. I figure we'll resolve the "hill" problem as we go along.
In the last week, we've been working through the lessons in the book for 5-10 minutes just before his nap and he seems to be progressing well. I don't have any expectations for how fast we'll complete a lesson or how long we'll do it per day so it has been really relaxed. Today we finished up lesson 35 and went on to lesson 36 which covers S sounds like /z/: is, his, as, and has. I'm hopeful that this program will work as well for him as it did for Red!