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  1. Basic question, is AAR/AAS less overwhelming than LOE? I would really, really appreciate any thoughts on AAR/AAS. We have been doing LOE Foundations. We have gone through A, B, C, and are currently in the middle of D. I had planned on continuing with Essentials, but we are struggling! I have four kids in the various levels of foundations and we are all overwhelmed. It seems like there is just not enough review of the different rules and things before we are off to learn another. So, either I need to figure out my own way to review or switch programs. Is AAR/AAS less overwhelming?
  2. Hello again! So my soon-to-be 8 year old second grade twins just started AAR 3. They completed AAR 2 between last school year and this (we started it in the spring). I pulled them out of public school first grade after winter break, so they initially learned how to read at school. We are on the 4th lesson of AAR 3 and it's still very easy for them. We are learning the phonics rules for the OA and OW sounds. I teach the rules, they kind of zone out while I'm teaching it, but then we read through the flash cards and worksheets and they just blow through them. It literally took 5 minutes tod
  3. My 6 year old is half way through AAR Level 2 and it is EASY for him. He doesn't even blink at the practice pages and can read one in about 5 minutes. So when we finish level 2, what should I do next? Each level is pretty expensive so Level 3 feels like over kill to me but at the same time I want him to have a great phonics base to work from and I have 2 more kids coming up after him that can use it. TIA!
  4. Rising 3rd grader (8 in October) needs to become a more fluent reader. Since K, been trying to teach him to read using the same program as his 4 older siblings (Phonics Pathways and SWR) but it was only after we tried AAS1 and AAS2 last year that it finally clicked. He finally"graduated" from easy readers to beginning chapter books and was reading with more ease. He's even read a few of the older Sonlight Core 2 readers we already own (Question of Yams, Secret Valley, Viking Adventure, The Littles, Last Little Cat...). Didn't really check his comprehension as I never did with the older ones.
  5. What phonics/reading curricula have very clear objectives or skills laid out before every lesson? Right now I'm looking at LOE because it is research-based and the online samples seem to have very clear objectives. This is important to me; I want to know what the goals of the lesson are so that I can tweak the lesson or supplement with practice and still meet the systematic learning objectives. I looked at AAR but the lack of clear objectives was frustrating. e.g. Why are we counting words? What's the point? Is it just so that she knows that sentences are made up of words or what?
  6. Ugh. Wrong board. That's what I get for trying to multitask ;)
  7. I am currently using AAR level 2 with my son. I was wondering if anyone using AAR uses something different besides AAS. Wondering if there was another spelling program that worked well with it. Thanks
  8. After much consideration and research, we had settled on TATRAS for our phonics program. We were very pleased to find something that seemed very sound, solid, and straightforward, simple to use and without any bells or whistles. However, I haven't been able to find a source for this program! It seems to be out of print and I haven't been able to contact the author/publisher, or even to find a used copy anywhere. SO, my question for anyone familiar with this is: Which phonics program is most similar to TATRAS? I have been looking at Spell to Write and Read, and All About Reading, but I
  9. I'm curious if anyone else has been in this situation. I have a 12 yo dd that is going on her 3rd year of homeschooling. She was in special education (non mainstreamed) when she was in PS (pre K-3rd). She has global challenges....everything is hard for her. She is technically in 6th grade but works grades behind in everything...for example she is working through 2nd grade math right now. Even though she was doing 3rd grade reading when she was in school, she struggled and I started her all over again with All about reading when she came home for 4th grade. We also used all about s
  10. I'm looking for an app for either an iPad or Kindle that is simple. I'm hoping to find one that would support an Orton-Gillingham approach similar to All About Spelling/Reading or Logic of English. I have both of their apps, and while they're helpful, I'd love to find one that would alleviate the need for actual manipulatives for youngest ds. Something travel-friendly. Any suggestions appreciated. :)
  11. So I am a huge fan of AAR but this last year I've not been able to get as many lessons done with my son and he's "behind" a tad bit. We are just 4 short days from finishing AAR 1 and my son already reads way beyond that level. I was going to go ahead and buy AAR 2 but somehow I got onto LOE's website yesterday and I've got to say I'm completely intrigued with it for a few reasons. 1) I can complete LOE much quicker than I can finish the next 3 levels of AAR. My son has JUST turned 9 and has no learning disabilities. I just need to get a ful phonics program done with him and I want a prima
  12. My DS (7) is almost finished with the lessons in AAR2. He understands the rules and applies them pretty well. But, he refuses to read any of the stories in the books except the first two. He is intimidated by the length of the stories and the number of words on the page. He also is still sounding out the majority of words (in anything beyond the first two stories). What do I do now? I don't feel he is ready for AAR3. How do I increase his confidence and word memorization?? Help??
  13. X-post My DS (7) is almost finished with the lessons in AAR2. He understands the rules and applies them pretty well. But, he refuses to read any of the stories in the books except the first two. He is intimidated by the length of the stories and the number of words on the page. He also is still sounding out the majority of words (in anything beyond the first two stories). What do I do now? I don't feel he is ready for AAR3. How do I increase his confidence and word memorization?? Help??
  14. If you had to pick one or the other which would you use for a 7 y/o with basic phonics skills?
  15. DS will be starting 1st grade. We've had a hard time finding a good phonics/intro-to-reading program. Here is the path we've followed, as it may give some insights if there is another style of program we haven't considered: We've tried Sing, Spell, Read, and Write and it had many problems for us.....not incremental enough, long boring readers, too much repetition in what you do each day, too much time required each day. We used Phonics Pathways to actually get him reading because SSRW wasn't getting him there. I loved the simplicity of it, but it was very boring for DS, so we went b
  16. hi all, i am, or will be, new to homeschooling this fall. my dd will be 5 1/2, and starting her K year. i also have a son in jr high in ps and a 3 1/2 year old. anyway....i purchased, second hand, AAR 1. at the time my daughter could just read basic CVC words. in the past several months, she has begun full on reading, pretty much everything. i pulled out the AAR to familiarize myself with how we might pace it, knowing much of it would be review. turns out, it is looking like none of it will be useful to us any longer. i'm weary of moving to AAR 2. i'm figuring, if she taught herself to r
  17. Dd just finished Aar1. Budget is tight(so buying aar2 might be difficult), and a friend has offered Sing, Spell, Read and Write for me to borrow. I'm having trouble finding the scope and sequence of SSRW, so I don't know which, if any, level would nicely follow AAR1. I'd also considered Explode the Code, but someone told me ETC doesn't teach phonics rules. Based on those samples, dd is ready for ETC 3 or so. Help anyone?
  18. I began using AAR1 with my 5.5 dd last August, we are currently 3/4 of the way through AAR2 and I feel like my dd is not as advanced in reading as I think she should be. Am I just going too slowly or is the program slow? We have only covered the 'ee' vowel digraph and have yet to get to some consonant digraphs and silent letters. What has your experience been with the program? The other issue is what to do after AAR2 since AAR3 isn't due out until late 2013. I appreciate your input.
  19. I have purchased AAR 1 for our 1st grade ds, but I'd like to add handwriting. I prefer a modern or italic form, but I'm open to traditional. Is there one that complements it well?
  20. I've been reading and researching my question and after hours of reading posts galore on the topic I'm still unsure. My dd will be 5 in July and we'll start K this summer when her preschool program ends. I think All About Reading would be a perfect fit for her learning style. I also want to keep K very focused on the basics and provide a solid reading foundations and AAR seems like it will really help fill up our daily school time by really extending reading lessons more in ways she enjoys. Based on the assessment on the AAR website, dd appears to be clearly ready for AAR1. But then I
  21. I'm planning on getting this to use with my younger two children this fall (2nd grader and K'er). It looks like it covers a great deal of skills, but I'm wondering (for those of you who use this), do you use any other language arts curricula with this? I'm thinking you'd still need to do handwriting, but what about Explode the Code? Any other readers? Copywork? I'm new to this program and am still trying to figure out how we'll use it. For those that use this. . . . what do you do? Thanks so much! :)
  22. I'm looking for more readers for my dd who is about to finish AAR1 and was wondering, what are the approximate reading levels after AAR1 and also while or after AAR2? I see some graded level readers on ebay I'm interested in but not sure which levels would be best for now or in the near future to have around. Also, any other suggestions for good readers?
  23. We are nearing the end of AAR1 and I was thinking before we went into AAR2, we'd go back and review all the fluency sheets and/or word cards. I was wondering though, is there review already built in the next level? Like, how the fluency sheets have mixed review in AAR1? Just wondering if I should keep going and jump directly into the next level or do some review (and hold off on level 2)? Thoughts?
  24. How necessary are the readers in All About Reading Level 1? I found a great deal on the Teacher's Guide and Student Pack (from someone that bought them but never used them), but she doesn't have the readers. Can I substitute readers from the library (Bob books maybe?) or use Abeka Readers I already have or would it be really helpful to have the ones that go with AAR? Is it difficult to sub with other books, since you would need to find stories that match up with which letters have been learned? I've spent most of my curriculum budget already but couldn't pass up the deal.
  25. I have a question for any other moms using AAR pre-1 for their children. My plan was to go through it with DD (turned 4 in August) who doesn't yet know all of her letters as well as DS (will be 3 in May) as something fun for him to tag along in. Then once DD was ready we would go to AAR1 and DS and I would keep working in pre reading. We've done the first couple of lessons and I don't know what to do with DD. She doesn't seem to 'get' rhyming in the context it is presented, even though she can go on the HoP computer game and do very well at the rhyming games. She's stubborn t
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