What did you use to teach your child to read?
Posted 29 June 2013 - 02:27 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:12 AM
I did enjoy what we used. I had a more average paced learner in reading and one who struggled more than average probably. Both are great readers now. I like my approach because:
1. It worked for two very different kids
2. It was completely enjoyable for all of us
3. It was uber-cheap, but I felt it was as high quality as anything I could have purchased
I did the first two sets of I See Sam first (free ones to print/use). We loved those books and got a great start. The "Getting Started" link from this page has "how to" information, including talking about a notched card to use initially. There is lots of good information on that site.
Then I taught the phonograms in a multisensory way using this free program to do it well--it includes K-2nd reading and spelling (orton-gillingham style, so like AAS). I used it to teach the phonograms up front though--concentrating on reading first and then going back for spelling after we were reading well.
Along with the phonogram introduction using those techniques, we used Progressive Phonics (free too) so that we could actually read using the phonogram we were learning. I had to switch the order of presentation of the phonograms a little to make it fit Progressive Phonics order.
Basically we would learn the phonogram using their multi-sensory techniques, and then use progressive phonics as fun and decodable reading practice using the learned phonograms. It was so effective. I guess we didn't have to do I See Sam first, but we really loved those books and I felt it was a great way to start.
Both Progressive Phonics and I See Sam are phonics based and 100% decodable (in the case of progressive phonics the student read parts are 100% and for I See Sam the entire thing is 100%). So they are strong phonics based readers.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:57 AM
I have 2 struggling readers, AAR is perfect for them!
Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:16 AM
You have two very good programs in hand (I've heard great things about Alpha Phonics, though haven't used it myself). No need to look at AAR quite yet.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:44 AM
We would talk about letter sounds in regular life, look at how letter sounds go together to make words, read books together, watch Sesame Street, study environmental print to see that patterns mean something, etc.
Reading/pre-reading should constantly be going on in early childhood.
When they were really ticking along with pre-reading stuff, I'd introduce early readers like Dick and Jane type stuff. We'd take words apart, put them together, and look for sight-words we know.
It just pretty much flows...
Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:05 AM
My youngest DD just started AAR1 but I think we're going to switch to OPGTR. She is picking up on sounds/blending much more quickly than older DD.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:21 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:01 AM
For kid 2, I tried everything. I think Bob books and time are what finally worked.
For kid 3, I used Dancing Bears and All About Spelling. The combination worked very very well.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:20 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:41 AM
For pre-reading, we just had a language-rich environment. My kids could all recognize their letters by 2yo. They're just shapes. I sometimes read them alphabet books, and pointed out letters there as well as in real life. When they started asking to write their names or other words (both before starting reading instruction and after), I'd have them identify the sound in the word, then tell them what letter or letter combination they should use to represent it.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:42 AM
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Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:10 AM
For my current beginning reader I've been using the Johnny lessons and ETC and OPGTR. I've been reading WRTR, and I'm hoping to be able to digest it and use it with him soon.
I also add a ton of various phonics games and hands on activities.
I can't remember what forum member said to "throw everything at the wall until it sticks", but that's essentially how I teach reading. I try to work on it in various ways and across various subjects.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:45 AM
2nd Child: AAR Pre and 1 (still in one)
I plan on using AAR with children 3 and 4 when they are ready.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:12 AM
I'd like to get AAR PreLevel for my 3 year old but the cost is holding me back.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:47 AM
I am currently using AAR with my ds and younger dd. ds has been through AAR pre level, level one, and is now working through level two. Younger dd is on AAR pre level. We love AAR and definitely think it was worth the investment.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 11:15 AM
One child prefered ETC, the other OPG.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:28 PM
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Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:50 PM
For my current K'ers, they are using MFW K, but one of them is supplementing with ETC because she is moving faster than the MFW K and begs for more.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:06 PM
Now I am using Logic of English Foundations and really, really like it. It's fun, interactive, and comprehensive. It teaches handwriting, phonics, phonemic awareness and introduces grammar.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:09 PM
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:08 AM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:53 AM
Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey
(Wee Girl accidentally learned to read while we were working with her in overcoming her apraxia, but also enjoyed Reader Rabbit.)
Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:31 AM
I have Phonics Pathways and Alphaphonics, but my eyes are roving to AAR1. What did you use to teach your child to read? Why do you like it? Thank you!
We used Leapfrog videos, Starfall and BOB books, mostly. We've also used Happy Phonics (sporadically) which is a really good program (fun, painless and effective). For older DD (9 yo) she also needed the gift of TIME.
Both girls (8 and 9 yo) are now reading 4th/5th grade level. They've asked to finish Happy Phonics, so we'll do that this school year.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:55 AM
Homeschooled child #2 (work in progress; on a roll) -- ETC Primers for letter-sound correspondence, followed by Phonics Pathways and Bob's Books / Nora Gaydos readers for practice.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:01 AM
With my second, We read together and sounded out words. She went to K in a public school and was starting out strong. 1st grade at a private school that used Abeka, and she took off. Both of my girls are excellent readers. DD that had Abeka instruction from a younger age is a better speller.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:56 AM
We watched those (worth their weight in gold) LeapFrog videos (Talking Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory I & II).
We used Explode the Code (doing the 3 Primers and the first 3 ETC books with finger tracing and/or orally, as the reading skills were ahead of the writing skills). The humor of ETC was greatly appreciated in what might have been a pretty "dry" subject, and it was effective.
And we read every single Bob Book in every set published.
There was also a little Starfall thrown in.
I'm no great expert on the subject, but this approach was painless for us, and had my son reading confidently on a basic level prior to Kindergarten, and he's blossomed into a strong reader since.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:00 PM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:06 PM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:09 PM
For DD, she is begging to read early, so we are starting with AAR Pre-1 and Starfall and will follow the same path into I See Sam and AAR1.
We have been very happy with the AAR program.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:21 PM
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:44 PM
Large print for young eyes
Easy to use
1 book covers it all
Child moves at her speed
Leap Frog and Starfall on the side.
An abundance of different readers for practice.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:15 PM
Explode the Code, Dick and Jane, leveled readers from the library, Dolch sight word cards.
This plus Bob Books and other phonics readers.Really the only thing I've been consistent with is ETC. 2 readers and one coming up.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:59 AM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 02:48 AM
For older dd I tried 100 EZ, Funnix, AAS, Reading Bear and Don Potter Blend Phonics readers. Her school used the Spalding Method. The Spalding Method and Reading Bear were the most helpful. She is now decoding at a 5th grade level heading into 1st grade but she struggled to learn for a while until it clicked and she took off.
For DS I tried 100EZ, Funnix, AAR, Reading Bear and Phonics Pathways. He seems to be making the most progress with Phonics Pathways and by spelling some of the words from PP with letter tiles. He isn't reading yet but can sound out words.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 02:52 AM
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:56 AM
I will do Saxon Phonics with my next son just because we have it already but I'll modify.
I window shop 100 easy lessons though.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:57 AM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:14 PM
We used hooked on phonics as well. It worked pretty well for us, surprisingly.
Hooked on Phonics. DD really liked it. I liked it until the readers that came with it got overly long and convoluted about halfway through Grade 1. We ended up kicking the books out (found different ones at the library) and just used the phonics instruction part for Grade 2.