Drawn into the Heart of Reading...
Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:17 PM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:22 PM
I know there are many people who use and like it, and I'm sure they'll comment (perhaps they'll be kind to me, lol), but this is JMHO. It is not a product I would use. Ever.
Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:30 PM
At the beginning of the school year, we discuss genres. What they are, what are examples, etc. Then I let dc pick out their first genre. We discuss that in more detail. They pick out the same genre so this is a combined discussion. Next we chose a book for each dc. If you have similar reading stages, you could pick one book and have them take turns reading aloud.
Then I go through the activities and pick out about half that I want them to do for that book. You dont want to do all the lessons, you want to save some for when you go through that genre again. Then we start reading. My youngest still reads aloud, but my oldest would read silently to herself then does the assignment. We would discuss it together.
When that book is finished, we pick another genre and start the process again. The exception to this rule is a series.
We did Little House on the PRaire last year. I used this for Historical Fiction and Adventure. So we covered 2 genres using the series.
We also did The Castleberry Farm Mystery series. This covered both fiction and mystery.
It is very easy, very straightforward. It really developed a love of reading for my oldest. We had done BJU Reading previously. That is a fine program - no question about it. But, it did not instill a joy of reading. It was more tedious than fun. I am glad we did BJU, it helped in many ways - esp around 3rd grade. But, I started my youngest with DITHOR in 2nd grade and did not think twice about it.
I am switching over to LL 7 now rather than complete DITHOR in 8th grade because I want to dive into literature more thoroughly. I could remain with DITHOR and be okay, but I feel more comfortable with the LL concept at this point. Never having taught LL, I do not know if this is a smart move or not. But, I always have DITHOR or even BJU Lit Studies to fall back on.
If you have more specific questions, please feel free to ask!!
Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:36 PM
My gf looked at DITHOR and did not like it due to the flexibility. She wanted a more structured program like BJU or Abeka. So, alot depends on what and where you are going and your teacher style vs student learning style.
Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:41 PM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 05:02 PM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 05:04 PM
Also, I check out the Sonlight booklist, Veritas Press, etc.
Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:19 PM
Each program has a booklist by genre by "classics" or "boys" or "girls" so there are lots of choices if you WANT a list done for you.
Once you hear the author speak about it it does not seem so academic as I first thought. It seems quite doable and not "too schoolish" to me at all. But I have a different perspective now that I heard the author talk more about it.
Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:20 AM
Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:44 AM
To address one of Ellie's concerns, you select the books you want to use.
That isn't one of my concerns :-)
Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:46 AM
Sorry to interrupt.
Hi Wendi!!! LL is Lightning Literature.
Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:48 AM
That isn't one of my concerns :-)
Sorry Ellie!! I misunderstood. I think what I was trying to say, is one could certainly use the type of books you described. I hit the send button before I proofed it!!
Again, sorry for the misinterpretation on my part!!
Posted 10 June 2008 - 09:37 AM
I sat down last week to align my curriculum choices with the state standards to make sure I didn't leave anything out and DITHOR covers almost everything (except simile and metaphors but that is covered in my writing program) and often goes beyond. I also went through to see how it stood up with Bloom's Taxonomy and found that it touches all levels.