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CatWise

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  1. My 5.5 year old is doing his kinder year right now, we are LOVING Rightstart Math, I highly recommend it! Even though level A is pretty basic it's a wonderful foundation and I'm impressed with how far we've come so far! For reading I have just used Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and then as he is reading more and more we just practice reading real books! Dr Seuss, the leveled books from the library, etc. The Bob books weren't as great of a phonetic progression as I expected going in, they felt frustrating at times, so we did some Explode the Code workbooks and then just read a ton of real books! For first grade I'm planning to start FLL/WWE as someone mentioned above but I decided to wait til then because it's more important to me that my son love learning than that he advance quickly-since I'M the one most excited by all these decisions! ;) We're also using a humanities program called Tapestry of Grace (they have a K-1st level called Primer) that we are LOVING! We are diving in to learning the big picture of history and geography and it's my son's favorite part of school every day! I can't recommend it enough!
  2. My oldest has learned to read! Yay!!!!! We are nearing the end of OPGTR and I'm wondering what we should do next. Is it enough to practice fluency by just READING real books after we finish working through that book? Is there higher level phonics instruction? I see multiple levels of programs like AAR and stuff and just wonder what is being learned for so many years. My son is working through easy chapter books and is so interested he's just teaching himself faster than anything I'm giving him. What have other people done after finishing the OPGTR? I'm not trying to complicate things, basically just wondering if I'm doing him a disservice if I don't pick up another phonics program? I am planning to start FLL and am looking at writing options, just asking specifically about phonics. Thanks!
  3. I really like it! I'm a former kindergarten teacher but I taught bilingual, so this has been my first time to teach a child to read in English! I used magnet letters and a cookie sheet to form the words, then showed the sentences on the page while covering up the other text with a bookmark or other paper. I like that it's simple and it progresses very clearly. Some other programs I looked at made huge leaps that don't make sense with beginning phonics knowledge. I don't read the script verbatim but I like that it's an option!
  4. I really like it! I'm a former kindergarten teacher but I taught bilingual, so this has been my first time to teach a child to read in English! I used magnet letters and a cookie sheet to form the words, then showed the sentences on the page while covering up the other text with a bookmark or other paper. I like that it's simple and it progresses very clearly. Some other programs I looked at made huge leaps that don't make sense with beginning phonics knowledge. I don't read the script verbatim but I like that it's an option!
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