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  1. I have an older edition of this curriculum sitting on my shelf and I am thinking of using it with my 11 year old daughter next year. She could use the time to improve her reading skills and grow in independence before starting with Heart of Dakota Creation to the Cross the following year. Anyhow, I am a little confused about the readers. I see their are Advanced Readers and Regular readers. Some of the titles overlap, so I am guessing the Advanced Readers are just more books read at a faster pace. My question is this: I will be including my 8 year old son in our schooling, and I would be using the regular readers with him. He is not really reading very well yet and would be unable to read these on his own. So I noticed that the readers are not lined up. For instance, regular readers starts with Pocahontas and the advanced readers start with "A Lion to Guard Us". Later she would be reading Pocahontas so I am wondering if it will be confusing? Any thoughts or advice? Thanks! PS I would like to add videos/websites/activities to this so if anyone knows of a website that has some of this already laid out, I would be grateful!
  2. Hello all, I haven't been on the forums in a long while, but I find I'm in need of advice. I suspect that my son may be dyslexic. I've read many lists of "symptoms" and he has many of them, including some of the more nontraditional ones. (http://dys-add.com/dyslexia.html#anchorSymptoms has many of these symptoms across categories). He is currently 6.5 and is frustrated that he cannot play many computer games because the games he prefers lean text dependent. Also the phrase "I can't read" is coming too easily to his lips. We are both frustrated. I'm looking for reading programs that aren't too expensive, but that have a track record of working for dyslexic children. I don't mind taking my time and going slowly, but I would like to see some sort of progress, no matter how minimal. We've tried Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and it was a disaster. Currently we're working through Explode the Code and Bob Books, which is going "well" but with no retention or transference of skills. I'm looking into programs for next year when he will be 7 and hoping for some help. Please ask if more information is needed; I'm really at my wit's end. Thanks in advance, Aimee
  3. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 51 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers 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: Challenge News: No, you aren't going crazy. There are actually 2 1/2 weeks left to the year and week 52 will be a long one since I didn't include the last 1/2 week in my count. You may have noticed I posted the information for the 2014 challenge and the I'm participating thread over on the blog. Head over there to sign up if you wish and check out the changes to mini and assorted challenges, plus monthly and readalong themes. Hopefully everyone will enjoy all, some or a few of the things planned for the coming new year. Now mixed in with all those things, we have a geography challenge and a decades challenge, so my plan is to try to tie those things in. Such as with Murakami readalong, also read other authors or books from Japan; for Prudhomme, turn it into an all things french month and visit different decades. That's the plan, but who knows how it will really work out. Because you know those rabbit trails that pop up while you are reading? They kind of send you off on side trips and before you know it, you started off in France but end up reading about the scientific theory of Gnomes. Speaking of Gnomes, since next Saturday, the 21st is the first day of Winter, I'll be following a winter theme and will start reading Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale, followed by Susanna kersley's Winter Sea. So join me in all things winter for the remainder of the year. For those anxious about what the wrap up questions will be next week, check out the list from last year to get started. They'll probably remain pretty much the same. What are you reading this week? Link to week 50
  4. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 50 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers 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 - Nobel Prize for literature challenge: in 2010, I took a Nobel Literature class and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although it was a lot of work, I read several books that probably normally would never have considered reading including Jean Paul Sartre's Nausea, Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude,and Kenzaburo Oe's The Silent Cry. After reading these books, it made me want to read more selections from the literature prize list. Since then, I've read one or two authors from the list each year. So --- we will have a Nobel Prize Literature mini challenge for 2014. More info on the blog all about the history of the prize and a list of all the winners. Posted late in the week and some folks may have missed it. For those who did see it, forgive me for repeating myself: Working on BAW 2014 plans. At this point, we will be continuing with well educated mind, another round of dusty/chunky books, and 5/5/5 challenges. Will be throwing in a couple months of rereading and visiting old friends. Will probably be doing Nobel Prize Literature winners or/and another round of reading around the world. Are there any readalongs, categories, or mini challenges you'd like to see for the new year? Here's the list of assorted mini's we had this year - don't think we did them all. And a dumb question regarding 2014 thread header: continue with same header - Book a Week in 2014? Or change to one of the two options below which may make it easier for searching for threads in the future. 2014 Book a Week Book a Week 2014 What are you reading this week? Bonus question: What books are on your Christmas list this year? Link to week 49
  5. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 49 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Australia or Antarctica: We are heading into the last month of the year and if you've been doing the continental, there are two continents left. I have been debating between being adventuresome and heading up into the cold, windy Antarctic or being lazy and hanging out on the warm, sunny beaches of Australia. Call me crazy, but I am going to be adventuresome. Currently in my backpack is An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne. We'll see what I pick up along the way. Check out the links Australia Adventure or Chillin in the Antarctic where you'll find plenty of book suggestions and links. Rosie, our resident expert on Australia provided a list of books to check out including: Robbery Under Arms Anything by Nevil Shute Bryce Courtenay wrote a lot of Australian novels. They make me want to jab myself in the eye, most of them, but maybe they'd be more appreciated by non-Australians. He's responsible for getting a lot of boys reading, though. Garth Nix's trilogy- Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen for those who like fantasy You could always download The Magic Pudding off Librivox. A children's classic, that one. For the Term of his Natural Life seems to be free for Kindle. It's ugly, but I think a must read for that part of Australian history. Not that I particularly recommend reading Australian history... We of the Never-Never For teen fiction- The Silver Brumby (There's a whole series) Into Bullo if you like autobiographies Thank you, Rosie!!! What are you reading this week? Link to week 48
  6. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 35 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Pick a book with a color in the title: Time for a mini challenge! Choose a book to read with a color in the title. To make life interesting, yesterday afternoon, I did a status update asking those online to quickly pick a color, any color. Drum roll please. The first response was sage. Click over to 52 Books blog and see what books I found with the color sage in the title from Amazon and Barnes and Nobles and then let me know which one you think I should read? Your challenge is to pick a color, randomly and quickly as possible, but.... You can't pick the color yourself. Have your hubby, wife, significant other, children or whomever you wish pick one for you and then search for a book with that color in the title. Don't tell them why - just say "Quick, pick a color, any color and tell me what it is." Then pick out a book to read with that color in the title. Check out Mumto2 link about 20 must read Steampunk books - an introduction to the genre. I have some of these authors in my stacks What are you reading this week? Link to week 34
  7. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 48 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Happy Thanksgiving: Highlighted November Evening by Lucy Maud Montgomery Book News: Library Journal names picks for best Christian Fiction of 2013. The Secret Life of Jonathan Swift Thanksgiving Dinner De ja vu? Try French Food This Year. Brahma Chellaney wins Asia Society award Happy birthday to Laurence Sterne (1713) an anglo-irish novelist and clergyman, best known for Life and Opinion of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman What are you reading this week? Link to week 47
  8. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 47 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Candide by Voltaire: I happen to share my birthday with the philosopher Voltaire so highlighting his book Candide which can be read online here. What are you reading this week? Link to week 46
  9. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 46 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Literary birthdays: Time to celebrate a few more author birthdays and load up your wishlists for 2014!!! Highlighting literary birthdays this week including Winston Churchill (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 - political/historical nonfiction), Neil Gaiman (science fiction/fantasy novels, comics and films), Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish novelist, Jose Saramago (Nobel Prize in literature in 1998 - Portuguese novelist), and Chinua Achebe (Nigerian novelist). Books news: Audible.com is offering The Grey Man by Mark Greaney for free. Check out Flavorwire's list of 10 great philosophical fiction tales - I've read 4 out of the 10 - War and Peace, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Heart of Darkness, and Nausea. From I09 - 10 stories where technology is indistinguishable from magic including A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court, Dune, Rendevouz with Rama and Star wars. Lynn Coady won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction for her short story collection Hellgoing. What are you reading this week? Link to week 45
  10. Our daughter is 6 and just starting to read short words. We do have some reading curricula already. What she has been liking best is the First Start Reading books from Memoria Press. She likes the drawing component most, but also some of the copy work. And the large print size is great for her, as she doesn't see well. Yesterday I was lucky enough to find a number of "Explode the Code" books at a library sale, for $1 apiece. So of course I bought them. :) Can anyone help me understand how they work -- I know I'm missing books, but I'd like to try to fill in the gaps if possible and give it a try. I've heard good things about the program. What I have: Go for the Code: A Primer fo rthe Explode the Code Series -- Book C Explode the Code 1 1/2 Explode the Code 2 Explode the Code 3 Explode the Code 3 1/2 Explode the Code 4 Anyone know where I should start, and if there is a guide on how to use them? Thanks!
  11. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 45 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - NaNoWriMo and Non Fiction November: Welcome to November and colder days and early nights, curling up in a comfy chair, with a good book or two or three! November is also the month of writing craziness, National Novel Writing Month in which participants try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I discovered NaNoWriMo back in 2007 and have been doing it ever since. My son joined in last year and will be doing so again this year writing a fan fiction story combining several characters from different video games and movies. I''m also declaring November to be Nonfiction November. I don't read a lot of nonfiction and have all these books sitting on the shelf feeling neglected. Plus I created the C.S. Lewis and Inspiration Mini challenges at the beginning of the year and failing miserably at those. Decided now would be the perfect time to plunge into those books. I'm going to keep it simple and not bite off more than I can chew, like I usually do. I'm committing to one a week for the month. Waiting in the wings are Lewis's Mere Christianity, St. Theresa's A Life of Prayer and George Orwell's Why I Write. For my husband, since he's already read the book and driving me crazy about reading it - Yes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving your kid without losing your mind by Michael J. Bradley. Did everyone whose state or country observes DST, remember to set their clock back an hour. I'm so groggy today from sleeping in, but it also might be from the couple glass of wine I had last night. *grin* What are you reading this week? Link to week 44
  12. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 44 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Huckleberry Finn: The 15th book in Susan Wise Bauer's list of great fiction in Well Educated Mind - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It was released in England in 1884 and in the United States in 1885. It is written from the viewpoint of Huckleberry Finn and he uses some very colorful language. The book has been criticized because of perceived use of racial stereotypes and the use of racial slurs. Readers have to look at the period of time in which the book was written and take into account the culture of that time frame. I read Huckleberry Finn for a literature class in college and it lead to some great discussions about culture and race, slavery and freedom, friendship and life. Highlighted the first chapter on the blog. What are you reading this week? Link to week 43
  13. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 43 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - sorted books: A while ago I stumbled across artist Nina Katchadourian and her sorted books project. Since 1993, Nina has been taking from two to five books and creating poems. In April of this year, they were compiled in Sorted Books, a whimsical collection of witty poems she's created in the past 20 years. She is an artist working in a variety of mediums including photography, video and sound. She now has me looking at my bookshelves in a whole new way, putting together titles in a variety of ways. I have way too much time on my hands. I decided to give it a go, see what kind of incredibly short story I could come up with, using a few titles. Of course, Melvin had to get in on the picture. If you want to play along, use 2 to 6 books and see what you can come up with. What are you reading this week? Link to week 42
  14. DS is nearly 6. We've been working on school work at a pretty leisurely pace since he turned 5. He's ahead of where he should be "school-wise" but he's driving me crazy when we work on reading. I need knowledgeable people to tell me if this is something I should be concerned about. :tongue_smilie: DS is super squirrely in general, but when we sit down for reading instruction, he's all over the place: feet over his head, around my neck, hanging off the couch or chair, underneath the barstool, etc. If I can get him to look at the words, he can sound them out and blend without a problem, but his eyes are everywhere but on the paper. Thinking he was bored, I tried to make the work a bit more challenging and that was a flop. He was overwhelmed and ended up in tears. I've tried writing the sentences/stories on the white board or using letter tiles or word cards. It's pretty much the same regardless. I've tried doing reading at different times of day-no improvement. I'm wondering if the eye movement is an actual medical problem instead of him being bored or antsy, but I don't know much about visual problems other than it is sometimes mentioned when people say their child is having trouble reading. So, should I be concerned or not? Oh, and if it matters, he is most of the way through lesson 9 in The Reading Lesson.
  15. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 41 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - October Spooktacular Reading Month: Are you ready for some spooktacular reading? Or like some folks, did you get an early start in September. If you haven't read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Bram Stoker's Dracula, now would be a perfect time to do so. Wait, come back. Not right this minute, but this month. *grin* I've read them already, and thoroughly enjoyed them, although was really quite surprised because neither was quite what I expected. Which is actually a good thing, because it keeps one from getting bored. The mantra this month is expect the unexpected. Spooky doesn't have to necessarily mean horror. I'm definitely not into the blood and guts type of books, but do love a great nail biting, give me goose bumps, don't turn off the lights read. And there are plenty of scary, spooky, chilling, thrilling books that are psychological fiction, paranormal or just plain old thrillers. In that vein, I have a few spooky books on the shelves I'm reading, (highlighted on 52 books blog) continuing with a Frankenstein and Dracula theme, starting with Elizabeth Kostova's the Historian which I started this morning. What are you reading this week? Link to week 40
  16. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 40 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Trek through Asia: My goodness, I lost track of time and had so much fun eurorailing through Europe, spent an extra month exploring the continent. If you are doing the Continental, how about you? Did you have such a grand time you spent extra time exploring or did you move on already? That's all right, I'll catch up to you soon. It's time to move into Asia, and my first stop is Ekaterinburg to check out the great stone monument straddling the border of Asia and Europe. One stone is from the furthest point of the European part, Cape Rock, another stone came from the furthest point of the Asian part, Cape of Deghnev and symbolizes the union of two parts of the world. I haven't quite figured out my route yet, so plan on trekking around Russia for a bit before boarding the international train and winding my way down through Mongolia to China. Then I have decide whether I want to fly over to India and backtrack to Pakistan or continue on to Japan. Decisions, decisions! Currently in my back pack is Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago, Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Midnight Palace, Haruki Murakami's The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, Joel Rosenberg's Twelfth Iman, and Qui Xiaolong's A Loyal Character Dancer. Check out Trek through Asia where I've listed two or three books for each country to get you started. For all things Russian, from fiction to nonfiction to learning Russian, go to Russia Online. Find out what books Chinese leaders are reading or check out Iran's Tabriz Book fair which starts today. Head on over to Zeroland for a comprehensive list of all Japanese Literature - lots of fun links For those who want to get started on October Spooktacular reads (next week's 52 books post), check out goodreads list of popular Japanese Horror novels, and popular horror and psychological thrillers. What are you reading this week? Link to week 39
  17. I've wrestled with posting here (and in which forum), but I really would like to receive advice. :) My son is 4y2mo. I believe he is gifted (but not profoundly gifted). The plan is to send him to public school for K in Fall 2014. We can't afford private and husband is opposed to HS'ing. I am weighing options (essentially local school, montessori charter, K in a nearby school that offers foreign language immersion starting in 1st). Our local school district doesn't have a gifted program until 3rd. But to come to the point, I'm trying to figure out what to try and teach him in the year before he goes, and that's what I want advice on. I don't think of myself as a tiger mom, but I do want him to do the best he can, and also give him the best foundation I can. My MIL seems to feel he will already be bored to tears in K with the implication, stop teaching him now. I think because I was terrified of the school teaching him to read, I began that process maybe 2 months before his fourth birthday. He is through the first 3 sets of regular BoB books and the K and 1st grade sight word sets; he is now reading Elephant & Piggie and Little Bear, for example, though not independently (he reads aloud to me and might need help with 2-5 words per story). My plan for the upcoming year is to advance his reading as much as I can through read alouds, independent reading, some phonics; introduce critical thinking with logic books and such; and introduce science, mainly as a way to introduce critical thinking / scientific method as opposed to background knowledge. I also feel like I should do math mainly for the reason that he not pick up an attitude of "I'm not good at it" from PS. I think he already is close to achieving K math standards already. When he turns 5, I also hope to get him piano lessons. Everything else will be playing, play dates, active gross motor extracurriculars (we have done swimming, gymnastics, dance this past year, signed up for soccer next), unstructured art & music. As might be expected, he is fairly awful at sitting still and handwriting. What I really want is to give him confidence and (inner) motivation to achieve heading into PS...and something to prevent PS from killing the joy of learning, without killing it myself. I also wonder to myself whether I can train him to be more "well behaved" (sitting still, listening, attention span, executive function) from a teacher's perspective without killing his amazing little spirit. Will my choices help or hurt? Any suggestions? And what can I do to help prevent complete boredom and hating school once he goes? Anybody's thoughts on any aspect of this are welcome. Debi
  18. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 39 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Banned Books Week: Banned Books Week was formed in 1982 as a response to the surge of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries from different individuals, parents, groups, and organizations. Since 1982, more than 11,300 books have been challenged for many reasons, including but not limited to sexual, political, anti-ethnic, anti family, violence, and profanity content. During 2012, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom. The ten most challenged titles last year were Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie: Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher: Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Beloved, by Toni Morrison The reason why are listed on ALA's website. Over the years, at least 46 classics listed on Radcliff Publishing top 100 novels of the 20th Century have been challenged. The list is on the blog and more info can be found over at American LIbrary Association's website. What in holy heck is Fifty Shades of Grey doing in a school library? That's just pure stupidity and ignorance on the part of whatever librarian or principle approved that book. If I were a parent in that school, I'd be screaming mad as well. On my shelves from the banned / challenged classics list: To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye and A Farewell to Arms. What are you reading this week? Link to week 38
  19. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 38 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Happy Birthday Agatha Christie: Happy Birthday to Dame Agatha Christie. She is the author who created Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence as well as Ariadne Oliver, Harley Quin and Parkey Pyne. I admit I am more familiar with Poirot and Marple, than the other four, but will eventually make their acquaintance. There are quite a few bloggers in the midst of perpetual Agatha Christie reading challenges. Some who are attempting to read her books in order and then others who are working their way through her works randomly. I joined in about 5 years ago. I'm more in the the random category and reading one a year so have only completed 5 of her many, many novels so far. I probably should speed it up a bit, but like fine wine, like to savor her books. Pitiful excuse, right. *grin* In honor of her birthday, I plan on reading book # 2 The Secret Adversary, her first Tommy and Tuppence mystery. Join me in reading Agatha Christie this week. You can find her book list here or a chronological list here. Coming up: Next week is Banned Book Week (thank you for the reminder, Stacia) Check out the lists and historical info at American LIbrary Association's site, pick out a banned or challenged book and celebrate our freedom to read. October Spooktacular - it's that time of year again. Get ready to read those spooky books. I'm picking up Kostova's The Historian and Koontz Frankenstein: Prodigal son today. Who hasn't read Dracula or Frankenstein yet? What are you reading this week? Link to week 37
  20. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 37 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: Highlighting the first chapter in Book #14 in SWB's list of great fiction in Well Educated Mind. The story was first serialized The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillian's Magazine from 1880 to 1881, and then published as a book in 1881. Found this tidbit on Flavorwire - the Secret World of Fore Edge book paintings. And did you know September is: Adult Literacy Awareness Month American Newspaper Month Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month Children's Books Month Library Card Sign-Up Month National Humor in Business Month National Literacy Month National School Success Month National Shameless Promotions Month Read-A-New-Book Month Self-Improvement Month I think we're doing a fine job of promoting literacy and reading, don't you. ;) So drive or walk or run (whichever you prefer) to the library, pick up a a new book on self improvement or humor, plus something for the kiddies. Don't forget hubby, something by Dave Barry will do. Have a family readalong as you teach your child to read and maybe aunt Bertha who prefers listening to audiobooks because she doesn't like to 'read' because she just doesn't have time. (nudge nudge wink wink) Oh! Make sure all those pencils are sharpened. How are lessons going by the way? Now where did I leave that red pen of mine? What are you reading this week? Link to week 36
  21. Dd7 is the whole language dream child. We have done a 100% strict phonics-only approach to reading, and thank God for it, because she guesses enough as it is. She naturally reads for meaning and intuitively uses all the whole language strategies (pictures clues, context/grammar clues, phonics clues) plus guessing from word shape/length to tackle unknown words. And she is *good* at it, very good (for a while when she was 4 we thought she could read, because she could guess so well from so few clues). But she has all the typical downsides of reading via whole words, and I can tell which words she learned phonetically (from explicit teaching or from being forced to slow down and sound it out because her natural whole language strategies all failed) versus those she learned/absorbed as wholes from her fun reading. (She tends to miss suffix changes on words she learned as wholes unless context indicates her default choice just doesn't fit grammatically and so she is forced to take a second look. Plus she is unable to use her whole word knowledge as a help in decoding phonetically similar words, but she *can* do that with words she learned phonetically). We used Let's Read: A Linguistic Approach to teach reading (but I used a phonics method, not the author's hybrid method), but she had a few explosions in reading last spring and it's now too easy for her. She can read almost anything she picks up, but her ability to phonetically decode unfamiliar multi-syllable words is almost nil; however, her large vocabulary plus her amazing ability to guess right from context mostly makes up for it, especially given the 3th-4th grade level books she mostly reads. Plus, her visual memory is fantastic, and once she figures out what a given word is, she'll remember it as a whole after one or two repetitions. Decoding phonetically is definitely a lot harder for her than just remembering the word, and even though I never just give her the word but help her sound it out, she figures plenty out on her own. Anyway, right now I am using ElizabethB's syllable dividing lessons and working through Webster's Speller (as a reader). It does seem to be working well enough - her ability to sound out unfamiliar multi-syllable words and to pay attention to little niggling letter differences is improving - but idk, it all feels sort of haphazard and flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants somehow - like I am throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. I guess I'm just wondering if there is a more systematic or efficient approach, or some particular techniques that are quite useful in this situation.
  22. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 36 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - RIP Seamus Heaney: Heaney, an Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 passed away August 30 at the age of 74. You can read or listen to his acceptance speech here and learn more about him and his poetry here. Check out Flavorwire's Tribute - Seamus Heaney in his own Words. Highlighted one of his poems on the blog. It's September, which means it is time for R.I.P. VIII. hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings. R.eaders. I.mbibing P.eril VIII runs from September 1st through October 31st. Consider it an early start on our October spooktacular. Check out his site and I'm sure you'll find plenty of ideas for your spooky readings next month. What are you reading this week? Link to week 35
  23. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 34 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - More book news: Oh my aching wishlist. Just when I think I can resist adding to my wishlist or buying more books to add to my already teetering book stacks, Publisher Weekly has to come out with their 2013 Fall Books preview. Of course, there are a few on them that I can't resist. I just had to torture, err, share them with you. Such as Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam, Kevin Barry's book of Irish short stories Dark Lies the Island, John Lawton's spy series Then We Take Berlin and Pierre Lemaitre's american debut of Alex. Quite a few that will go well with the Continental challenge. August is Shakespeare Reading Month - read Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V along with Shari or pick one you've been meaning to read. Stacia's Hot Writers Week: Keep it clean gals so we don't get in trouble. What are you reading this week? Link to week 33
  24. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 33 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - A Piece of Chalk: Yesterday was one of those days that my mind can't settle on any one specific thing, so I browsed the interwebz, reading, and contemplating on what should I talk about. Then I remembered a classic essay that I've read a few times and it's always given me food for thought - A Piece of Chalk by G.K. Chesterton August is Shakespeare Reading Month - read Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V along with Shari or pick one you've been meaning to read. For those into Sci/fi and Fantasy - check out 50 novels everyone should read. What are you reading this week? Link to week 32
  25. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 32 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 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 - The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy: Highlighting book # 13 in SWB's Well Educated Mind fiction list. August is Shakespeare Reading Month - read Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V along with Shari or pick one you've been meaning to read. Check out this article from Smithsonian: Being a lifelong bookworm may keep you sharp in old age Michael Wood's from Publisher's Weekly talks about the 10 best Italo Calvino Books. What are you reading this week? Link to week 31
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