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  1. I've decided on using R&S for English for my 3rd grader after seeing it at a homeschool used book sale and hearing some great reviews on it. However, after perusing the milestone books site, I'm now curious as to how well their spelling and math is for 3rd grade? Or simply in general? I was going to use A Reason for Spelling and Singapore, but now I'm curious about R&S. Anyone have any input? Also, how is their reading program for a 1st grader? Am considering this as well. Thank you!
  2. My 5 yo has fine motor delays, visual impairment, and she has a few other delays as well. She is still working on learning her letters. I've been using AAR Level pre-1. I need to determine what curriculum to use to teach phonics. The letters/words need to be bigger than in the average book. I don't want the pages to be cluttered. I don't want a bunch of "extra fluff". We don't need games, worksheets and activities. I like short lessons. Here are some that I've considered so far... AAR - I feel like there is so much unnecessary "stuff" to do with each lesson. The lessons seem to take forever. I used level 1 for my older daughter. Also, I would like to not have to spend so much on so many different levels. Phonics Pathways - The pages seem very cluttered. I have heard good things about this program otherwise. The Reading Lesson - The pages seem great. White, clean, large letters. I've heard many say that their children did not do well with this program. Many hit a block a few lessons in or finish and still can't read. Sing, Spell, Read & Write - This sounds like it would take forever to implement each day! Delightful Reading (Simply Charlotte Mason) - This is appealing to me. I've not read many reviews, though. Price is right, and I think the mix of tiles/whiteboard would work well for dd. Alpha Phonics - This seems interesting, but I really struggle to understand how the lessons go. The samples don't provide much insight. LOE Foundations - Way too much time and fluff. Thoughts? Feedback? Opinions? --- Thanks!
  3. What's your favorite curriculum or method or books for teaching To read?
  4. How can I increase reading fluency and comprehension for a 3rd and 4th grader? I just got their test scores back (Stanford 10), and they were not great in that area.
  5. This year I've been homeschooling my 4 yr old boy (5 this summer). We had a very productive first month of homeschooling. We did about 30 minutes every other day using Bob books, Saxon K and some cutting, coloring or mazes. In that time he sounded-out and read the first two sets of Bob books (he had played with starfall and knew most letter sounds). Once that first month had passed he started refusing to do any school. We stopped because he is 4 and I want him to enjoy school. Around the end of September when he was bored I'd ask if he wanted to do school. Sometimes it sounded like an exciting proposition so we kept on going with Saxon K (which he calls the fun homeschool) and occasionally he would read one bob book for a special treat. Eventually we started with OPGTTR. DS was doing well. He was reading (sounding out?) the passages in the book, but his eyes would glaze over. He was doing it for the special homeschool treats. Once again, the time came when he did not want to read it because he thought it was boring. And to be fair, it is kind of boring. Then my husband got transferred for his job. Between the craziness of keeping a house ready for showings and preparing for a cross-country move by myself and two kids, we did not do any formal school between January and March. He did play in the computer a lot with starfall (which is now boring) and abcmouse (which also became boring) and pbskids. This excessive computer use was because I had 20 showings in 6 weeks. While unpacking after the move, I found a still wrapped set of new Dick and Jane books my MIL got the kids for Christmas. I was very adamant that I would only do phonics with DS based on OPGTR. But since it's been a while since we had done anything I thought, well why not? Let's see if he can read them. So I took book 1 out. All the "Oh, oh, oh." sounded hilarious in my head so I read it out loud in the funniest way possible with faces and voices and all. Then we discussed the pictures. Lo and behold, my child wanted to read it himself. With giggles. I know many of those words are sight words, but in the last two days he has chosen to read the first three books (granted, they seem fairly simple) but he went from sounding out Bob books to almost fluent reading. Since he is more amenable to reading Dick and Jane if I read them first (in my hilarious mommy voice) I am not sure if this is really reading or if he is just repeating. I didn't know he could recognize "yellow" and "blue" we never reviewed those words. Like I said before, he did a lot of computer time during the crazy move so maybe he picked them up then? Should I just go with it? If so, we would move on to what? I feel a little lost since I've never done this before and the logical method (to me anyway) is to follow a curriculum in order rather than jumping around. We had done several OPGTTR lessons and he can sound out words like h-e-l-p and blend, but we never moved on to multiple syllable words. I am confused and I do not want to mess him up. It is likely DS will soon find Dick and Jane boring too, but for now he does like them and the pictures. Opinions and suggestions would be appreciated. I do not post often because my kids are little and I am very new. However, I've read several threads before posting this. I will therefore add this note which I think is unrelated, but perhaps will prevent replies such as "just read to your kids and don't worry about it" ?: We do lots of reading using books the kids pick out from the library and if it's nice we will go to playgrounds several times a week. DS is a mini paleontologist (joking, he just loves dinosaurs) and recently we've moved on to obsess about planets. And yes, both DS and DD (3) play with Lego, blocks, boxes, dolls (action figures), cars and such. Plus we do lots of science (planting, weed pulling, looking at stars, talking about germs) and experiments. DS is not yet writing. I offer crayons, colored pencils and paints and he does a little "abstract" art which is fine. As of age 4, he cannot write his name and I'm ok with it for now because he can spell it lol. He does color in the calendar square for Saxon math. I am bilingual, so occasionally we do Spanish time. And all the other normal things ...
  6. Help, please. My dd will be 7th grade next year. Ever since finishing OPGTTR in K, she has been ahead in reading/literature. I've slowed her curriculum down at times to work on comprehension and other reading skills, but she is finishing CLE 8th grade reading this week. I've been told on the high school board that I can't/shouldn't count high school work until she is 9th grade. My cover school (we are in AL) administrators say I can count anything done at a high school level towards high school, so I could start her on high school work if I wanted to. She is doing R&S grammar on grade level and doing very well with it. Her writing, however, is still a long ways from high school level work. She is currently halfway through WWS1. I plan for now to keep her going with the same curriculum for those 2 subjects. So what do I do with her for reading/literature for next year? I hate to waste her time doing more 7th-8th grade level work. If she was to move to a high school level curriculum, wouldn't that include grammar and writing, which would likely be too advanced for her? And if I did start her early on high school level work, What will I do with her when she gets to 11th and 12th grades? BTW, I am not very good at schooling without a guide, so just having her read books doesn't work well. When we have done books, I know she's not getting all she could out of them because I just don't know how to teach it. I love to read, but analyzing and such is tedious for me.
  7. What have you seen to be the most helpful in solidifying sight words? I am noticing a few gaps in my 1st grader's sight word vocabulary. I just don't have the time to do drill flashcards; I need something she can do independently. I was thinking of getting a sight word workbook or reader, but there are so many. And one she has is too easy. She is reading books like Amelia Bedelia and Make Way for Ducklings now. We are continuing in our phonics lessons, but she needs this extra sight word practice to help her reading as I am supplying too many sight words for her. Here's some workbooks I was looking at: 100 Write-and-Learn Sight Word Practice Pages: Cut & Paste Sight Words Sentences Mini-books Thanks!
  8. What have you seen to be the most helpful in solidifying sight words? I am noticing a few gaps in my 1st grader's sight word vocabulary. I just don't have the time to do drill flashcards; I need something she can do independently. I was thinking of getting a sight word workbook or reader, but there are so many. And one she has is too easy. She is reading Amelia Bedelia and books like Make Way for Ducklings now. I think teaching phonics is best, but I am supplying too many sight words when she reads so she needs some extra practice. Here's some workbooks I was looking at: 100 Write-and-Learn Sight Word Practice Pages Cut & Paste Sight Words Sentences Mini-books Thanks!
  9. Hello All, I hope your all are not suffering terrible with your allergies as I am......wishful thinking....lol. My DD is the product of public school in West Texas. Our school district had taken phonics out when she was in the early years of learning to read. She enjoys reading. Starting reading Harry Potter in 2nd grade and has never stopped. She especially enjoys dystonia books. But, she can't pronounce many words to save her life. She just glosses over such words. She is a very fast reading and I am not sure of her comprehension. She makes straight As but I don't think that is saying much. She is in 6th grade. Can you recommend something for us? Thank You
  10. Hi all, Just wondering what you make of a kid (10) that is a good speller, but poor reader? He can spell 3-5 letter words that follow spelling rules, and can manipulate sounds within the words (bat to bag, for example). His reading is so far behind his spelling though! He's working through an OG program and it seems to be working great for spelling, not for reading. Any ideas? Could it have to do with attention? Vision? Something else?
  11. Hi, We have been homeschooling using a mostly read and narrate approach to comprehension, but due to a long illness, a move, and other circumstances the past couple of years I have not been able to do as much reading with my kids. :sad: I am now realizing they are quite behind in their language/reading skills. I have been considering doing a more workbook approach just because I feel they need some intensified lessons to hopefully catch them up. We will continue to read as a family and narrate as much as possible, but I am looking for recommendations for something they could work on independently every day. I wish I had done this two years ago when life became crazy. :cursing: I feel terrible. Anyway, I am leaning toward CLE or Monarch reading and language arts. Is this a good idea? Will it help? Any other suggestions? :confused1: My kids are 13, 11, and 9. My 11 year old is at least two grade levels behind in reading. I use All About Reading with the younger two so I don't need anything that teaches reading, just something to improve comprehension and thinking skills. I am driving myself crazy looking at different choices. I have even considered dropping all of my WTM pieced-together-curriculum and going to an all in one program. Thanks for your help.
  12. I have embraced the fact that I am not going to be able to stop the boys from learning some sight words. I am using OPG and am (lightly) supplementing with HOP, which has "sight words" but many of them follow the "rules," just rules that haven't been taught yet ("like," "see," etc.) But I can't find a list of just the words that break the rules. Like "you." The "when-two-vowels-go-walking-the-first-one-does-the-talking" rule doesn't work. What are the other exceptions? I don't have a problem with them memorizing those words, as long as I know that they are rule breakers. But I can't find a list. Is there an online-list somewhere? A book I should get? Did I miss it somewhere in OPG? I was planning on purchasing Spelling Workout in July. Should I get it now? Will it have the list? :confused: I tried searching, but I'm terrible at finding what I need, so if you've already seen a thread on this, please let me know? TIA!
  13. My son is 6 and currently in ps 1st grade. Next year we are homeschooling. He is deaf but with his cochlear implant and hearing aid functions like a child with mild/moderate hearing loss. He is a struggling reader but doesn't seem to realize it. He will guess at words and continue on without noticing the sentence is nonsense. He reads words in isolation fairly well but struggles with phonics and sounding out words as well as reading words in context. Any suggestions for what I might be able to do to help him would be lovely.
  14. Having just read a few threads on phonics, and remedial reading classes.... I'm now having a crisis of curriculum. Do I need to be specifically teaching phonics? My two olders both started reading at around 5, before starting kindergarten. I had done some Progressive Phonics with them, but eventually stopped as they started reading all the black text as well as "their" text, and besides they were too busy reading books to bother doing reading instruction. But I see all these posts about the importance of phonics rules, and how critical they are for instruction, and I wonder if they need to be taught it specifically, or whether at this point it will suffice to correct it as it comes up when reading out loud. I was an early reader too, and in a second language immersion program, so I don't know phonics rules as such either--but I have a very good working understanding of how words sound in English, and rarely get tripped up on pronunciation. So what do you think: specific phonics instruction for children already reading fluently? (And if so, what, since they don't need to "learn to read"?) Or not, and just correct small errors as they come up?
  15. This week I found a new program online called "Gemiini". Here is the link: https://gemiini.org/ It is a subscription based program with videos (over 12,000) for children with autism or special needs to help with speech and language. It is research based (repetition, working memory, novel events, etc.) and so far my daughter loves it. It's hard to explain without watching one, but I would check it out. They have a $1 monthly trial to test it out. Jenn
  16. I have been using Christian Light with my son through first grade. He turned 8 in October, and we are just now finishing the Reading One. He struggled with reading, so we have been working through Phonics Pathways for about 6 weeks as well. I believe he is right at second grade fluency level, with some days being better than others. Reading and L/A takes us the majority of our day; it is laborious and the workbooks seem a little too much for him. He doesn't enjoy reading,and this effects his attitude also. I love CLE because I feel like it is so strong academically, and it is open and go. I am having a hard time changing directions, but I feel like for the sanity of my son( and myself) I need to. I have looking at English Lessons Through Literature, and it seems much less intense, but I have never done narration, dictation, or picture study method, and I don't have a clue what to do with the poems other than just read them ( maybe that is all I am suppose to do). I just need advice on which direction to go with building confidence and better fluency on reading without sacrificing grammar and writing. I need a curriculum, because I need a Teacher's manual :) !! I have never taught reading or English and I don't find it easy to wing it. Also, any reviews or advice on ELTL from those who have used it, and what you think about starting at Level 2.
  17. My ds is 7 and in between 1st and 2nd grade. We used the Pathway Reader "first steps" with it's correlating workbook last year and he did well. Now that I'm getting curriculum ready for this year, I'm getting overwhelmed at where to start him. I'm trying to take a small (let me emphasize small) step back to fill in any phonics gaps he may have. The teacher guides in PR suggest that one workbook goes hand-in-hand with another workbook, etc. We did not start with the beginning workbooks last year (Learning through sounds, Before we read, etc). I have all the workbooks and have looked through them trying to figure out where I should start him but it seems as if I skip forward to the place in the workbooks where "Days Go By" begin, then he may be missing something in another workbook that goes with the Days Go By workbook. I have Climbing to Good English as well but again, it's an issue of where to start and again missing things in other books. I've been considering The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and First Language Lessons due to reading somewhere that it's not grade specific and it's an easy book to jump in to no matter what reading level the child is. I dont want to rush him through, but I also read that it's a great book to get your kids reading fluently quickly. Would this be a bad idea to change books? My other question is in regards to readers, what does OPGTR/FLL use for reading? Just the script or does it suggest books or readers? I looked on the Cathy Duffy review website and she didnt seem to care much for WWE. I dont know if I completely agree with everything she reviews though.
  18. I recently came across Mosdos Press and am very impressed by what I see. It is a reading/lit program with a secular moral focus and the curriculum looks like something my son and I would both love. There are texts with the readings and study guide info all together in one; there are additional student workbooks with more activities; and there are teacher guides. Each text has tons of short stories, plays, a novel, and lots of poems. I love the focus on teaching morality through excellent literature choices and I especially love that it's secular. I'm just so impressed by it and can't wait to get the 7th grade book for my son. I had never even heard of them before so I was wondering if anyone else has used any of their books?
  19. Here we go again.... I'm not a new homeschooler. We pulling our oldest daughter out of public after she completed Kindergarten 10 years ago, so I'm not new to the rodeo. I AM new to the learning disability one though. We made the choice to enroll our 3rd child into a charter school last year for her 3rd grade year. After much frustration with reading we knew their would be some issues with milestones from the school. Sure enough they told us she was behind in reading. Pretty drastically. Not a shock. I had been hoping that her struggle with reading was just a delay in having the "click" moment. After having her evaluated by an independant psych we learned that she did have a pretty significant memory deficiency that was less than helpful in her ability to read. So... fast forward to the end of 3rd grade.... She had improved her reading so greatly that everyone was excited about it, but her comprehension was low and she failed the FCAT (state test that must be passed in 3rd grade for promotion). She's been going to Summer school as a last effort to be promoted, but I am less than pleased with the public schools right now and my heart is pulling me back to home education. So... do you have a student with LD in reading and writing? What are your best suggestions? Websites? Blogs to follow? My #1 goal is to rebuild her self confidence! She's gained a significant amount of weight which I truly believe is a result of stress, so I want to help her relax and enjoy learning again. I would best describe our homeschool as eclectic. My oldest is going to early college next year, but our 2nd child is doing similiar work as she...saxon, shurley english, apologia, books for history. I have no idea how these things that I'm accustom with will work with an LD child. Thoughts are greatly appreciated. Beth
  20. I am going to be doing SOTW 2 with my 2nd and 4th grade girls next year. It is easy to find literature for a 2nd grader because that is typically when one would be in that year. I have found Classical House of LIterature to use with her. I may not use every day's narration page though, as I think she would become frustrated. However, I am having trouble finding some history based literature for my 4th grader. Does anyone have suggestions for 4th grade or 5th grade level books for this year in history? And did you do special questions or anything to go with them, or just have them read and discuss? Thanks in advance!!!
  21. DD is 6 and finishing first grade. She works especially well with iPhone and iPad apps, which are also important b/c she has a vision impairment and these devices are more accessible for her. Am seeking recommendations on more apps, any area but especially fun reading apps. We already have Starfall, Reading Raven (ok), Eggy Phonics 1-2-3 (she liked but the 2 and 3 versions froze partway and she's been unable to finish them.) Any and all suggestions welcome! ::)
  22. Happy Sunday dear hearts! Today is the start of week 19 in our quest to read 52 Books. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are just joining in and to all who are following our progress. Mr. Linky is all set up on the 52 Books blog to link to your reviews. The link is below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Monuments Men and art fiction/history mystery reading month: I enjoy learning about art, but sometimes the non fiction art books, despite the beautiful and sometimes mysterious pictures, can be a dry subject. Which is why I love art fiction and art history mysteries. And I managed to pass on the love to my son when he was younger through delightful kids books written by James Mayhew and Laurence Anholt, plus Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artist's by Mike Venezia. Even though I don't read a lot of non fiction for fun, I had heard great things about Monuments Men by Robert Edsel and preferred to read the book over watching the movie. And I didn't complain too much when the book arrived and immediately disappeared into my son's room upon arrival. He finally gave it back and now it's my turn, and since a few of you lovely ladies wanted to a readalong, I am declaring May - Monuments Men and art fiction/history mystery reading month. One of my favorite art history mystery writers is Iain Pears, from Oxford England, who wrote The Flavia De Stefano mysteries about a Roman art theft squad which starts with The Raphael Affair. I've read the majority of his books and currently have Giotto's Hand in my stacks. Currently on my radar are two new to me authors Tracy Chevalier, most known for her story - The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Susan Dunant who wrote The Birth of Venus. You'll note that the three authors have something in common, they all live in England. If you've been armchair traveling along with me, I told you we'd be extending our stay in England for a couple months. *grin* For my non fiction buffs, check out Goodreads Best Art and Art History books and fiction wise, Popular Art History mysteries. Join me in reading Monument's Men. History of the Ancient World Readalong: Chapters 11 and 12 Happy May! What are you reading this week? Link to week 18
  23. Just had my kids take the Woodcock Johnson as an end of year assessment 1) My fifth grader scored at an eighth grade level for decoding/phonics/word attack. BUT she only scored at a low fifth grade level for reading comprehension. That's not so terrible, but I consider her to be very intelligent and the type of kid that would be in a "gifted" program, and I feel that she should be doing better, especially if her phonics score is so high. Other than "have her read more," does anyone have any suggestions how to address and improve this? 2) My seventh grader scored at a tenth grade level in reading comp and phonics/decoding, and an eleventh grade reading vocabulary. BUT she scored at a fourth grade level in "Reading Fluency" (which is where they have to see how many yes or no questions they can read and answer in 3 minutes -- so it's basically a speed thing.) Again, any suggestions how to bring this up? Thanks!
  24. I am looking for a reading program for my 7 year old for next school year. We have done little "formal" work thus far because I suspect he may be dyslexic. I was curious if he would mature into reading via more standard methods (Bob Books, ETC 1 and 2, early readers), but that hasn't happened yet and I'm not willing to wait any longer. Currently I am considering All About Reading and Dianne Craft's reading program with brain integration. Does anyone have any experience with either/both of these? Can anyone give a brief review/recommendation from actual usage? There is quite a price difference between the two programs, so it has me curious as to quality/quantity. If something is unclear or I have left some vital piece of information out, please ask. I've promised movie night and I'm flying to get things done so that we can!! :-P Thanks in advance, rowan
  25. My 4th grade daughter loves to read. She considers it her "hobby". Her comprehension and pronunciation of new words is high. I am grateful for this and know that hours of reading aloud and trekking to the library have helped fuel her passion. We go to the library once a week and this is a beloved activity of all my children. However, with the freedom I have given her to virtually pick out whatever she wants, her choices are not terrific. The average series at the library is not what I would call high quality literature. For instance, she loves reading the graphic novel series Big Nate. I have read some of these books and though they are not offensive, they are not what I would call an exercise in virtuous training, nor is the writing challenging her. So how do I promote reading quality literature and keep her enthusiasm for reading? Am I being overly concerned? I feel like there is gold to be had at her age, but she only wants bronze. Does anyone have a library routine that combines some freedom, but with requirements too?
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