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  1. Hi - I used to be a regular here until I graduated my two children. It's been years. Now I'm teaching kindergarten for a classical hybrid academy. We're using Veritas Press's Phonics Museum and for the life of me I cannot find directions for how to play "Percival's Pairs." If any of you smart, young moms are familiar with Phonics Museum, and can explain the game "Percival's Pairs" to this tired old homeschooler, please post. Thanks. I haven't figured out the signature/avatar thing (that's new to me) but back in the day on these forums, I was "DollyM" or maybe "DollyM in Md." Thank
  2. First post here... My son has been reading since age 4 and really enjoys it. He is 7 now and spends a lot of time reading quietly to himself. However, I have started noticing a great reluctance to sound out words or names he is unfamiliar with. Do you have any suggestions on curricula that would follow naturally from the end point of Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading? We used the last third of the book last year (1st Grade) to get him more familiar with sounding out long, complicated words syllable by syllable. Any kind of workbook, curriculum, or other suggestion is greatly app
  3. Hi there! There are already threads that list free curriculum, but they focus more on the older kids, so I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread with free curriculum for preschoolers and kindergartners. These are some of the resources I used as a teacher and now as a mom. Please add on and list any free curriculum or resources you are using or that you know of. I taught 4 year old Kindergarten before homeschooling, and I worked closely with the 5K teacher to mesh our programs. For my son, we just have fun doing phonics, handwriting together, math games, and take lots of field tri
  4. 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!
  5. I have an 8yo daughter with Downs Syndrome who does not read yet. Most of what I have read, including information published by national organizations says to teach using sight words and pictures on flashcards. I have been trying to use a phonics approach, but things are going very slowly. She knows most of her letters and can copy the vowel sounds I make, but isn't very interested. She also shows little interest in drawing and writing. What she loves is listening to music, watching DVDs and reciting/singing the portions she has memorized. Anyway, my primary question is: Has anyone succes
  6. Phonics Rule for Where, Were, Could (Logic of English or other O-G curriculum?) (And does anyone have the LOE book about decodable DOLCH words?) Thanks!!!! :)
  7. I am not using Ordinary Parent's guide... In a program that I am using, consonant blends are introduced without specific rules. I see another program online which shows specific rules for consonant blends. Do you need to call out rules for consonant blends? I am referring to blends such as pl in plan, cl in clap
  8. You all are the greatest and since I am tired of debating I came to the hive to get your advice. :-) My youngest learned to read very early and has been reading for a couple of years now without any instruction from me. (Granted he has played on starfall and readingeggs through out the years. He loves to read but not a huge fan of "doing school". He is reading books that are considered (2nd grade level). We just started about two months ago using OPGTR we started from the beginning and we are now on lesson 80, he is doing okay with it we do a few lessons a week but he does not like th
  9. My oldest has learned to read! Yay!!!!! We are nearing the end of OPGTR and I'm wondering what we should do next. Is it enough to practice fluency by just READING real books after we finish working through that book? Is there higher level phonics instruction? I see multiple levels of programs like AAR and stuff and just wonder what is being learned for so many years. My son is working through easy chapter books and is so interested he's just teaching himself faster than anything I'm giving him. What have other people done after finishing the OPGTR? I'm not trying to complicate things, b
  10. Hi, My son is 5 years old and we recently started going through The Ordinary Parents Guide To Teaching Reading. We're on lesson 40 and he seems to be enjoying it so far. He is my eldest son and I've never taught reading before so I wanted to check that his progress for where he is in the book is okay, and that we don't need to pause for review. Basically, when he reads he will pronounce each individual letter and then say the word correctly in full, i.e. 'h' 'o' 't' = 'hot'. Theres no slow blending just the whole word, I think this is good but should he still be saying each letter
  11. We are 7 weeks into Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading level 2. My 7 year old son knows all of the "teams" and has a good grasp of the rules so far. He is very good at spelling words that can be sounded out and use the most common sound. However, he definitely is not remembering the words that use less common sounds or are sight words (true sight words, such as "eye"). He needs LOTS of repetition to memorize anything and even then, he usually forgets if he doesn't continue to use it a lot. Should I add more "study time" to memorize the words? I don't want to use any form of whole word but I'
  12. 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
  13. I’m curious. I am wondering why people don’t use an on-line spelling program or app? I’ve seen a lot of posts on physical spelling curricula but not on on-line programs. If you don’t use one, what did you not like about it and what was missing or what did you want it to do? Or if you do use one, which one and why?
  14. My son is in the final Primary Phonics workbook. What should we move in to next? I was thinking Spectrum Word Study and Phonics. If anyone has use Primary Phonics, what did you do next?
  15. 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 t
  16. 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. :)
  17. Wondering how long AA4 took your child to finish?
  18. Hi there My youngest son is special needs and almost 11. He's finally able to remember most sounds of the alphabet and is interested in reading. Now that we're at lesson 34, he's really struggling. Has anyone found any specific apps that really help with OPGTR? I'm really trying not to panic, but I feel like I'm running out of time with him.
  19. 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 th
  20. Short version – I need a phonics program to teach 8 kids, 45 min. class, 1x week, for 11 weeks. Ages vary 1st grade to 4th grade, one grade/class. My problem is choosing which phonics program will give the kids the most bang for their buck, so to speak. Long version – I know this is for homeschooling and what I am asking is not, but I don’t know who else to ask. I have been given a great opportunity. I will be teaching several classes for the local rec. center starting the middle of March. Each class is 1½ hours for 11 weeks and is supposed to cover math, handwriting and reading.
  21. 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 lis
  22. 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.
  23. 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 nee
  24. I've got a emerging reader (CVC words) and a 2nd grader I suspect to have phonological awareness issues. Someone on the Hive mentioned Reading Bears and I have used it for my 4 yo and like it very much but he is bumping against what he currently knows. I haven't hit blends yet in OPGTR and don't want to skip to that yet. He needs more practice in CVC words and I am looking for another program like Reading Bears - simple, not video game based (like Teach Your Monster to Read) and able to be used by both the 4 year old and the 2nd grader (who has a hard time "hearing" letter sounds). Any
  25. Hi All, Apologies if this question has been asked multiple times but I could not find it in the first few pages. How have Australian users found using the ordinary parent's guide to reading? I like the book and flashcard method better than the reading eggs online resource but I am concerned the pronunciation might be confusing. Also how have people found the grammar resources? I was thinking of buying kinder in a box but also not sure about Horizon! Australians would love your comments!
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