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  1. I do like previous posters said and have DD read a page or two a day and then she places a sticker on the bottom of the page. She tends to rush with larger words and the breaking words into syllables has really helped her. She's 6, but in a Spanish Immersion school and we've used Wise Owl to keep her progressing in her English skills since those aren't addressed in school.
  2. Dd 6 got frustrated at the assessment questions. They were difficult and she felt irritated that she couldn’t answer them. I adjusted it to grade 1 myself. I figured that a little review can’t hurt. She’s loved it and it has really cemented some concepts for her.
  3. DD 6 finished Ordinary Parents Guide you Teaching Reading a year ago and we are going through Wise Owl Polysyllables. She’s reading at a 3/4 grade reading level and spells fairly well for her age. She goes to an immersion language school and doesn’t get any English language arts. We didn’t do a lot of afterschooling for Kinder, but I plan to start more this summer. I’m looking for a computer or iPad based phonetic spelling program. Does such a thing exist? I need something that is somewhat self-directed Incase I work evenings an DH is in charge. She responds well to independent learning and likes the novelty of the computer/iPad.
  4. We stopped doing formal Phonics at 5 when we finished our Phonics program. We do go through a reader (wise Owl polysyllables), but don’t do formal lessons. We will start doing a Phonics based spelling program soon though. This I feel is enough to reinforce Phonics for fluent readers.
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    We used AAR Pre-Reading with DD. Then we switched to OPGTR because she seemed to be picking up concepts quicker than I would want to pay for new levels of AAR. We did add games and readers to OPGTR. In the beginning we used a white board or I wrote the lessons out on paper in larger font. DD enjoyed it especially with added games and activities. I used teacherspayteachers and pinterest to find activities to add in. DD finished OPGTR before Kinder and it was effective. We now use Wise Owl Polysyllables to work on more complex words and phonics. DS4 is just beginning OPGTR. I write his lessons out in a notebook to increase font size and cut down on clutter. He hasn't found it boring, but he hasn't done any part of AAR. We may add in some games, but he doesn't seem to desire them. His sister does play some games with him though.
  6. DD6 attends a Spanish immersion school and DS attends an english preschool. DD6 (currently kinder) and DS 4 will be babysat by DDs kinder teacher one day a week to help maintain DDs Spanish and continue to introduce DS to the language. I plan to get a Reading Eggs and Mathseeds subscription. DD reads extremely well, so over the summer it will just be reinforcing her reading. DS is starting to read CVC words and we will work through Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. Lots of Spanish tv, songs, and books. Riding bikes without training wheels, roller skating, zoo, museum, camping, exploring outside, swim lessons.
  7. I’m looking at these two math programs to supplement math over holidays and the summer. Dd attends K at a Spanish immersion school and they use istation to do math at home if they want (it’s extra and not required) My 6yo (kinder) dd loves prodigy as practice at home. I don’t really want to pay for it though and my 4yo can’t really do it yet. We’ve used the trialnof mathseeds and both DD and my 4yo pre-K boy enjoyed it. Mathseeds does seem to teach concepts better. If you were going to pay for one of these, which would you do? Does Mathseeds go higher than a 2nd grade level? DDs breezing through the 1st grade material in prodigy.
  8. DD turned 6 in December. She's in a Spanish immersion school, so we don't do much at home other than her reading aloud to me daily and some math on Prodigy. In reading she is similar to your daughter. She still prefers chapter books with pictures, but is transitioning to smaller text (still not small adult book font). She has read some of Harry Potter and some other middle grade fiction books that I have gotten for myself from the library. She mainly reads chapter books that are in the late 2nd to 4th grade level due to her interest and the content. I don't want her reading books with themes that are a little too mature (dating, flirting, peer issues, etc.). In math she is not as advanced as your DD sounds. Although in prodigy she did do addition with 3-digit numbers (ex. 267+325) after I explained it to her. We haven't focused as much on math at home due to her learning spanish this year. We will do more prodigy and right now she is flying through the 1st grade level of that. DD is in a spanish immersion school and this has been excellent for her. It's provided her with a challenge and has allowed her to be more academically on par with her peers. She's solidly on a late K level in Spanish immersion. Her reading fluency in spanish is far ahead of her comprehension.
  9. Sorry, I should have said. She’s in Kindergarten. DD is 6 and her class ranges from 5-6 yo
  10. DD is in a Spanish immersion school and they use handwriting without tears. By the end of the year she expects the kids to be able to form letters correctly, use correct upper and lower case letters, use simple punctuation (period, question mark, etc), and to write on the lines correctly using primary paper (top blue line, blue dotted midline, red bottom line). starting next week she is sending home primary notebooks for the kids to practice letter formation and proper use of the lined paper
  11. She’s been a bit clingier and cranky. Somewhat shorter with her temper. I’m definitely seeing the emotional changes at home. Nothing else at home has changed though. No big transitions. I was away for a week earlier this month over winter break. She is prone to be more anxious and analytical. She also seems to go in cycles where she’s sensitive and emotional for a bit before a cognitive leap.
  12. My 6 year old is in a Spanish immersion Kindy class. It is 100% spanish all day. Her teacher spoke with me this week and said that DD has not been seeming herself and that when the teacher speaks to her it’s like she is speaking to an empty individual. She is not sure if DD is not understanding or if it’s emotional. She did say dd seems a little more emotional and cranky. Dd reads at a 3rd/4th grade level in English. They just started reading groups and DD is at a level C of whatever they’re using. Her teacher said that if it was based off of reading fluency dd would be at an F or above, but she put her back at a C due to comprehension of the Spanish vocab. We do Spanish tv and music at home. I’m not fluent, but know some and can read it. Any tips?
  13. My DD started blending during AAR Pre. I felt she was moving too fast too so I decided we wouldn’t do the rest of AAR. We did Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and supplemented with Progressive Phonics and BOB books. It worked and now at 6 she’s reading extremely well.
  14. I’m thankful that our public charter school uses Singapore
  15. We really like the Mensa for Kids lists. Although DD started it before K. DD is reading at a similar level as your son. She still enjoys pictures in her chapter book so she’ll tyoically read ones that are a 3rd grade level. But we buddy read a more difficult book regularly and she reads a lot of picture books which tend to be higher. At the library she picks out a ridicukous amount of books and some not so great. I’ll sneak away books that have inappropriate concepts such as crushes and rude language. But she’s given free range on most books in the kids section.
  16. THe Magic School Bus has picture books on weather and also several chapter books focused on weather topics
  17. My daughter was begging to learn to read at 3 and was starting to blend cvc words. We had used AAR Pre Reading at 3 and then switched to Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. We did lessons for 18 months. She’s now in Kindergarten and reading chapter books on about a 3rd grade level. You couldn’t slow her down if you had wanted. If a kid is asking to learn to read and showing developmental readiness then I would start lessons. I’d stop whenever they showed frustration or where stuck on a concept.
  18. We finished OPGTR in March. What I did was write the lesson out on a whiteboard or in a notebook. It helped to cut down on the amount of words on the page and my dd did a lot better with it. I’d say that at lesson 60 she was where your son is at fluency wise. We did bob books and similar readers to build fluency.
  19. DDs school is 10 years old. They do still do state testing in 3rd grade. The students do still seem to test higher, but their LA does lag. So the tests in 3rd are not an accurate assessment of the students ability. Our state does not provide tests in any language other than English. I do know that they’re working on it though. But I agree with others that K is much more than academics. Socially it’s been great for DD. You can always hit academics at home as well. She may like the one on one attention and instruction.
  20. I agree with the book to help with boredom. DDs class has a quiet time where kids can read or do a quiet activity. Dd brings a chapter book to read during this time.
  21. My daughter is in an immersion school. Public charter. Her school also tends to pull in advanced kiddos. They also provide gifted testing for the entire school. It’s a reputable test as well. So that tells the population a bit. They tend to use advanced curriculum as well. Dd isn’t bored, but we don’t speak Spanish at home so learning the vocabulary is a good challenge for her. Although I just learned that at the beginning of the year she’d say “oh that’s easy I already know how to do that because I can readâ€. But the class material seems challenging enough. We get a newsletter once a week that says what they’re working on and tells us what to work on at home. They haven’t started differentiation yet but will for reading in the spring. Other than the newsletter, I know nothing of what goes on. No idea of DDs behavior. We just had conferences and that was the first time I sat down with DDs teacher about academics. We do reading and math at home on DDs level Edited to add: is her school full immersion? DDs is 100% in Spanish for all instruction. Only specials such as PE and Art are offered in English. DDs math, science, literacy, etc. are all in the immersion language. So even though the material may be below her level in English, it’s challenging because it’s in Spanish. She doesn’t get any English language arts until 3rd grade!
  22. Audiobook: we finished listening to Clementine and I’m trying to decide what to do next. Maybe Henry Huggins. DD5 is readig Ivy and Bean and has 2 pages left. She wants to read the rest of the series. I put two more on hold at the library. DD and I are buddy reading The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes. Now that she’s reading a ton on her own, she has no desire to read a whole chapter aloud to me so we’ve been doing a paragraph each. It’s been a good way to guage her reading ability.
  23. The school didn't give samples, but it did give a handout about the NNAT and what the test entails. It wasn't clear if it was one on one or in a group setting. It also didn't give testing days just stated it would be occurring sometime in October. There are about 350 kids in her school. So I imagine it's group and not 1-:1 unless it's a pull out and they're taking the entire month to do it. DD Did do testing for advanced K entrance (not gifted and talented, purely skill based) so she may have seen some similar Qs but not sure. She's also done logic workbooks and I know I've seen similar questions in those. The kind of fill in the missing piece type question I do think her school does it this way to not discriminate like you said and to be able to identify those who are not as clearly gifted as others. I've known a few kids who didn't really show their true ability and were identified as gifted to their parents surprise. I honestly thinks dd is just bright and a good student. To me gifted is a completely different level of thinking and reasoning. So while DD reads and draws/writes rather advanced, I don't see the level of thinking I associate with gifted. The emotional traits, yes, but the reasoning one not so much haha
  24. It seems that her school does a school-wide test to determine eligibility for GATE programs. I assume that since it is an immersion school it may be a bit trickier for teachers to accurately identify students who may be gifted/talented. After looking at the questions, I wonder if showing her the types of questions would help easer her. She has not done well on assessments in the past and seems to get freaked out by the process of being quizzed and asked to demonstrate skills. She would freeze up on a phonics assessment and not do as well even though she had a solid phonics foundation and knew the material. So part of me wonders if showing some samples would ease any testing anxiety. I don't want to prep her for the test since I don't see how that could benefit her in the long-run. I don't really want to give her an unfair leg up.
  25. DD is 5.5 and attends K at an Immersion School. Her school sent home a note that they would be administering the NNAT in October. One mom casually asked if we would be doing any prep with DD for this. I can't imagine prepping for an assessment test. It seems a bit ludicrous to prep for a test like this. Do people regularly do that? I was wondering what the test is like and if I should prep DD by explaining what the test process will be like. She doesn't tend to test well. Assessments seem to throw her off and confuse her. I'm not worried about the results. We chose an immersion school to challenge her and to avoid having to differentiate. I was surprised the school even would do such testing school wide.
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