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  1. Saw this article and thought I'd share it: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2D514v/www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/american-girl-series-author-creating-series-for-boys/2011/10/25/gIQArC6FKM_story.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads Interested what you all think about the line that non-fiction or books in the "grossology" category is as beneficial for boys reading-wise as traditional fiction narrative. Also, can someone tell me about this "Captain Underpants" series? Is it twaddle-ish? Appropriate for a 6 year old?
  2. I have a friend from a foreign country who wants to teach her daughter to read. Last year I recommended picking up any phonics book from the library or using Elizabeth's website, but recently she told me that if she has difficulty pronouncing the words correctly, she won't be able to teach it to her daughter. Her daughter is in ps, first grade, and is having some trouble learning to read. There is not enough time for the teacher to teach reading to the class and the school has asked parents to do the rest at home. The daughter is in school from 8 to 6 and both mother and daughter are tired by the time they get home. The phonics program would therefore have to be easy to implement. I was thinking maybe a phonics program that has an accompanying CD would be the best route at this point. Any recommendations of such a program that is also reasonably priced?
  3. Three questions that overlap (the 2nd one is kind of a jumble of related questions): 1. How do you decide whether to read a book aloud to your child or have them read it on their own? I recently told my middle child (6.5, 2nd grade), that I will no longer read her twaddle, though I will still read her quality picture books. My oldest (9, 4th grade) I decided to only read books that are slightly above her reading/comprehension level or ones that I want to read :) What criteria do you use? 2. Some background for the second question: Over the summer, I have been reading my 9yo Little Women and she is eating it up. My 6yo is overhearing bits and pieces. My almost 5 yo has his bedtime reading with his dad. We're starting school tomorrow and going to use Classical House of Learning Literature - CHOLL - so I'm trying to decide what to continue reading to her separately at bedtime and what to read to all three during our language arts hour. It's a lot of reading, so I probably won't do all of the books. Which ones do you think work best for that range of ages? I'm also planning to read all three The Chronicles of Narnia at bedtime with my husband (since we both love those books). If you read your oldest a classic (with or without the youngers participating), do you end up reading it again in a few years to the youngers? 3. What you do think of adaptations and/or abridged versions of classics? If you use them, at what age do you phase them out? What series of adapations do you prefer? Do you read them aloud or have them read them independently? Part of my problem is that if I haven't read the particular book - like say A Tale of Two Cities - we read the Great Illustrated Classics version - it spoils it for me! I wish I had time to read all the great classics I've missed but alas, I'm over halfway through LOTR and that has taken me all summer, so the way is slow...
  4. I have *just* begun WRTR this week with my 2 girls - an almost 6 yo & an 8 1/2 yr old. My 8.5 yo is what I would call a struggling reader. Both girls are currently working through The Reading Lesson We have been taking approx one week for each 'lesson' 5 yo is just over 1/2 way through the book, 8.5 yo is up to the last lesson. This is my question...having just begun WRTR, do I continue with the reading lesson for the 5 yo? I feel i have badly let down 8 yo - she cannot read fluently, so I am very nervous about letting my 5 yo down. Teaching her to read is a very different experience to teaching 8 yo to read. She picks things up much quicker. DD 8 is getting stronger, but, for example here is a sentence she tripped up over yesterday - "I like looking up at the night sky." the word that tripped her up? - 'at' how can that be????? Anyhow, looking forward to thoughts on WRTR. I think also my concern is that will i be able to get it all from the book - & not miss out key parts. My confidence is really shook. Thanks for reading.
  5. Are these similar? Which do you recommend? My 4.5 yr-old can read some words, knows his alphabet and letter sounds. His sisters had taught themselves to read by this age, so this is new to me (in grad school I was a volunteer reading tutor, but that was with kids who already knew how). I'm starting him on a gentle kindergarten, so recommendations for that would be great, too. He's very verbal, artistic and has good fine motor skills (building, drawing, etc.)
  6. Ok, I finally looked at Phonics Road to Writing and Reading. It is very appealing since it seems to give a strong foundation in the language arts. I am concerned it may be too rigid for a K-1st grader, or for me :) For PR: 1. What should be my expectations going into Level 1? 2. Does the curriculum include readers, read-aloud material or suggested readings? Should I add additional reading material? 3. How long should I expect to work on this with my son each day? Is it complicated? 4. Once Level 4 is completed, what should be the expected outcome? For All About Spelling Fans: 1. Do you think that AAS will give my child an adequate foundation? 2. Do I need to add FLL or WWE to this program to "round out the program"? 3. Can you suggest a good reading list for a K-1st grader?
  7. I am trying to decide what to do this summer to get my 7.5 year old reading. We started OPGTR in K, and trudged through it. WE BOTH dreaded it. Got about half way through it and half way through this year, and stopped. Tried The Reading Lesson: Teach your child to read in 20 easy lessons. Nope. So dd can read CVC words, knows long vowels (silent e) but still forgets. Knows consonant blends, ch, th, sh, etc. But that's where it stops. And fluency is terrible. I don't want to have to piecemeal together stuff from different curriculums, or make my own. Need it spelled out for me right now. I am wrestling with the following: Abeka Phonics/Reading 1 (keeps getting highy recommended) Phonics Pathways NOT interested in: 100 Easy Lessons Alpha Phonics CLE Probably not interested in (due to hearing they are complicated, and I can't do complicated with a child with health issues going on too): SWR SSRW Thanks for any input!
  8. Hello everyone. I'm new, so I hope I'm not breaking protocol by starting my own thread on day 1. How do you teach reading to an older child who exhibits symptoms of ADHD? I have been hired by a couple who have been home schooling their children (D6, S8). I get the impression that they've been through a number of teachers at this point, partly due to their child being ADHD (this is my own opinion; they have avoided putting a label on him or broaching the topic of medication in our conversations thus far). Parents started out with an alternative approach that didn't stress reading, and now they're realizing that their 8 yr old can't read, and that that might be a problem. They want me to get him back on track as best I can. Apart from his ADHD (?), he is smart. He has a good vocabulary, he's creative, and is very vocal (though he can't hold a conversation for long, unless he's the one in the driver's seat). So I'm asking for advice. My feeling, and the feeling of the K-2 teachers who I've talked to, is that at the age of 8, and especially without the attention span of an average child, it would be counterproductive to attempt beginners phonics and make him read stories about cats and bats with hats. But I'm hoping some of you have more advice. I am a certified teacher of 6th-12th graders, and have a lot of ideas about what engaging activities we might do this summer that involve reading/writing, but without some tips from people who have been through this before with young special needs children, I am afraid all of those ideas could easily fall apart. Thanks!!
  9. My seven year old learned to read on his own before he was 4. Well, actually a phonics video from the 80's called "Learn to Read with Mrs. Phipps and Snoovy" helped him. He sped forward quickly and reads very well, but he doesn't sound anything out and he reads very fast, skipping words and lines sometimes. We did hooked on phonics in Kindergarten and we used Pathway Readers for his reading program in first grade and it has some light phonics in it. I would love some advice on a good phonics program or approach that we could do to help him, that would not bore him. As a side note, we have always home-schooled, but he is mildly Autistic, so in Kindergarten we had him tested so we could get some handwriting help, and at that point he was testing at a second grade reading level. Some of my ideas were "Reading Pathways", the follow-up book to "Phonics Pathways" or maybe some explode the code sound cards and workbooks. I welcome your ideas.
  10. We are using WTM for the first time this year and have a K and 1st grader. Im trying to get familiar with the books and in looking at this one I think I may have to make some adjustments. Wanted to see if anyone had some ideas for me. DD 1st grader has just finished AOP Kinder LA program. She is reading on a 2-3 grade level however she is a HUGE GUESSER. Meaning she has a talent :001_smile: for guessing what the words are rather than truly having read them. I really want her to grasp the rule set's and know that the last portion of this book would be right on target for her. But im not sure where to jump her in. Im thinking the end of section 4 beginning section 5 (consonant digraphs). Does any one with more experience have any input on that? DS-K is just itching to read. I think he will fly through the beginning lessons. Because of this I'm wondering if I should let DD do other reading things until DS catches up with where she will be and then let them work it together. Any thoughts on that? Thanks so much TJ
  11. I like the Five in a Row book list but knew we'd never be able to fit the actual program in with our regular school stuff... so I decided to tackle the volume one booklist over the next 4 months as a "summer reading list" instead. To help us along, I created this printable PDF chart of the books in a couple of different formats, with cut-out book covers you can paste on the chart as you read the books. There are also cut-out flags you can add wherever you like as you read around the world, and titles for "summer reading list" as well as all the other seasons. Download this & many other free homeschool printables from my blog here. (p.s. print the covers and flags on a sheet of sticker paper and save yourself a ton of work!)
  12. My almost 5 year old will be starting kindergarten next year. We've already started 100EL and will probably finished before we even begin the official school year. What do we do after that? Thanks for all your help! I am completely new to all this and am so grateful for all that I have been learning on this board.
  13. Today, my son took the Gesell test for private school admission at their half-day kindergarten. The tester did mention to me that I need to work on his comprehension. She said that I need to ask more questions while reading. Currently, we are reading "The Children's Book of Values" (and discussing), Bible, "Peter Pan" (explaining and discussing), Dinosaur book (reading to him since it is an interest and listening to "Little Bear" and Beatrix Potter books in the car. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do? I am new to all of this. I am just not sure what level of comprehension is acceptable for kindergarten readiness. Resources? Articles? Advice? BTW, the K is a Classical Christian school.
  14. I started to teach my son to read using TYCR100EZ lesson. I just started using Webster's syllabary with my son, and he seems like he is catching on. Later on, should I teach my son the 70 phonograms or is that even neccessary at this point?:glare:
  15. Ok, I am super excited that we FINALLY finished Teach Your Child to read in 100 easy lessons. After reading some books, I am thinking about using funnix, but it seems slow moving. What do you think about it? How have the kids responded? Any other suggestions for a good next step to move toward fluency in reading? We WILL be reading everything in site BUT I like curriculum and opportunities to teach him something new in a systematic way. FYI, Inexpensive is a must! PR and AAS are a little too expensive for me. :bigear:
  16. Do you use them? Do you have your children do a page for each book they read?
  17. Do you know of a great program that helps with reading comprehension and/or a read-aloud program for K-1st grade? I see a bunch of options, but I want to hear from those with experience.
  18. I am starting to get a little desperate. I need a plan and I need some help trying to figure out what would help best. My 9 1/2 year old daughter really struggles with reading and her spelling of very basic words is horrible. I'll lay down the guilt right now and admit I feel responsible for some of this in my lazy teaching the last few years. We struggled early on and I just kind of gave up a little. I'm now committed fully and have faithfully done school this year and now need to narrow down how best to teach her. She is most definitely a sight reader. Not that she knows the basic sight words, but that she will read and guess or assume what the word is based on the context. She is reading books marked with a 3rd grade level, but really doesn't know the basic phonics rules enough to be able to sound out longer words. She doesn't look at a word letter by letter and often throws in sounds that are not even there. I decided to back to a Phonics book like Phonics Pathways and/or An Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading and tried to reteach the Phonics rules. However, when you give her words to read she already knows them because they are so basic. You go through it feeling like she "knows" it, but really she doesn't. So we tried to do it opposite by giving it as a spelling word. She is HORRIBLE with the spelling. Still struggles with silent e making a vowel long. About the only way she really learns a word to spell is by constant drilling - so then it is memorized - however I don't really know if she is learning any rules that will help her read a longer word. I'll really at a loss right now as to what to do. I could really use some advice on an action to take to teach her. She is old enough that it is starting to show up in social situations where someone figures out "You can't read/spell that?" So she is also starting to feel frustrated. I don't want to push her, but we also need an action plan. Even if it takes awhile at least I would start to see some results and that we are heading in the right direction. I think the best way for her to read better would probably be a spelling program that taught the phonics rules which she could then use to read longer words. I'm pretty sure she is an auditory learner. She loves books on tape and does well with our history when it comes to narrations and comprehension questions, but she would never be able to get her thoughts on paper as she doesn't know how to spell very basic words. I would really appreciate any advice on teaching reading and spelling to her. And possibly programs that may fit that style. We are both getting very frustrated and I'm starting to get desperate as I really feel like we are at an age where we should really be working more on independent work. She really can't do much of that at all if she can't read well enough. If you have gotten this far....Thank you. Any ideas? Thanks, Angel
  19. My Dh wants me to go to the local public school and ask them any questions that I may have for my son's kindergarten year. I am almost sure that I do not want ds going to public school. I have the opportunity to sit down with the principal and ask any question that I may have. Reluctantly i will go check it out. So far here are some of my questions: 1. Do you offer spanish classes during school or after school? 2. What do you do with a child who is already reading and is becoming strong in comprehension? 3. Do you "teach to test"? 4. What type of Math curriculum do you use (new math)? 5. I want to get a list of the curriculum they will be using. Anything I may be missing? cabreban
  20. I'm debating what to do after my ds finishes A Beka K Phonics. I looked at the end of the book and he's going to be reading and writing words like "beach, scream, brick. spell" etc. I was thinking about continuing with Abeka phonics and language without doing the handwriting and spelling (already planning to use A Reason for Handwriting and All about Spelling), but the cost for Abeka language with readers for first grade is about $170, including the IG's, readers and workbooks, etc. That's a lot! I already own First Language Lessons. Would he be getting enough Phonics instruction with AAS to read well and then do FLL for his grammar and usage? With his older sister, I messed up and tried two different programs that just confused her. She was convinced she never wanted to learn to read and could live forever without knowing. Then in the 2nd semester of 1st grade I did Phonics Pathways and she made a lot of progess. We also used FLL and she loved it. She's in 3rd grade and reads well NOW but is really struggling with spelling and hates to write. Would I just be confusing him and repeating my mistakes by changing him in the middle. Would he do better with continuation, or is it overkill? I don't do everything that's written because I don't have the time or classroom teacher skills. But he's definitely learning to read. What to do? So, I guess I'm confused and needing some direction of where to go next? Should I continue with Phonics Pathways where he's leaving off with Abeka and do FLL and AAS? Lots of options here. :glare: I'm all ears to your opinions!:bigear:
  21. My Dh wants me to go to the local public school and ask them any questions that I may have for my son's kindergarten year. I am almost sure that I do not want ds going to public school. I have the opportunity to sit down with the principal and ask any question that I may have. Reluctantly i will go check it out. So far here are some of my questions: 1. Do you offer spanish classes during school or after school? 2. What do you do with a child who is already reading and is becoming strong in comprehension? 3. Do you "teach to test"? 4. What type of Math curriculum do you use (new math)? 5. I want to get a list of the curriculum they will be using. Anything I may be missing? cabreban
  22. Just curious. I am new to "afterschooling". 1. What type of results have you seen from afterschooling? 2. Which subjects do you afterschool? 3. Why do you afterschool? 4. What are your favorite curriculums that you have used for afterschooling? BTW, I am afterschooling my 5 year old. We are currently finishing "teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons". We will start on Singapore Math Essential Math A & B. I am interested in reading to my 5 and 2 year old "The Story of The World." I am afterschooling presently to give my son an advantage once he starts ps. I struggled through school, and I want my kiddos to flourish/ love learning! :bigear:
  23. I have another thread going right now regarding possible dyslexia and VPD in my 9 year old son who has a Dx (so far) of SPD. Our main concern with him is his reading. He is very proficient in math, although the reading issues are beginning to cause some problems in the area of math. He is 2E. He has an appointment at a developmental optometrist on 1/6 -- next Thursday (!! Yay!!), so I'm not sure if I should even be asking this question yet or just wait until we have results from that appointment. I decided I should ask because I most likely will continue to work on his reading / phonics at home even if it does turn out that he has something going on visually and needs therapy... so either way, I'll end up asking these questions sooner or later. :tongue_smilie: Just for background, we have tried ReadingEggs, HeadSprout, and OPGtTR... all were unsuccesful. Then, I ordered All About Spelling for my daughter. After I received this program and was reading through it, I realized that it would probably be a good fit to teach my son phonics. So I scoured the internet to find out if you can teach phonics with AAS. Lo and behold... YES! Yay! So I tried to figure that out and my son has since exploded into knowing many of the phonemes and can now read CVC words. He can also read a myriad of other words, but I really don't see any rhyme to his reason. We are also using FLL orally so we can get in some grammar work even though he's not yet reading. To go back a little bit, my son has always been 'late'. With everything. He crawled late, got his first tooth late, walked late. But every time he was ready to do something, you knew he was really ready and he would take off with it. I can tell that he is really ready to read. I am fairly certain that we are not using AAS in the correct manner for a phonics program. We are taking it really slow and we are on step 4 or 5. I'll make up some spelling tests for him using word families and he does awesome. But I don't feel like we can go any further is AAS because it's a lot of spelling rules and I don't think he's there yet. I could be wrong, though. ;) Can anyone offer me anymore advice on how to use this (with specific steps) as a phonics program? (Since AAR isn't coming out for a little while.) I am also looking at printing him off some I am Sam books. I think I like those better than the Dancing Bears. I have also been thinking about the Phonics Page Lessons but haven't really been able to look at the lessons. We also have this set of Reading Rods, but haven't used it yet. Can someone please help me figure out how to incorporate all of these things to really get him going with reading? Is it all too much? Should I keep going further in AAS? Can you just tell me what to do? :tongue_smilie: I feel somewhat lost at this point. :001_unsure:
  24. I'm planning for next year. I will have dc in: 5th, 2nd, 1st, Pre-K and a toddler. We have never used a formal reading program after phonics is learned; but I want something for my children now. I'm interested in R&S and CLE's reading programs for all my kids. What are the strengths, weaknesses and differences (other than R&S focuses on Bible stories, I already know that) of these 2 programs? Have your children benefited from using them? I'm afraid my oldest has missed out on something now that we haven't done a formal reading program...we were trying to follow a more CM approach with narrations, but she has a hard time doing narrations and I don't think that approach is working for her.
  25. how do you keep up with your dc's books??? I feel like I'm drowning. With 3 other kids to teach, I simply don't have the time to read the books I want to discuss with my son. For example, ds is studying Civil War in history, so I picked Brady by Jean Fritz for his related reading. I've tried to find at least a summary of the entire story online so I can attempt a discussion with him tomorrow. I have been unable to find anything helpful. -Tonight I'm feeling like I just can't keep up anymore. :tongue_smilie: Any tips for staying on top of things??
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