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  1. Time Left: 14 days and 3 hours

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    Used book. Great book for helping new readers practice tackling longer words. Lists are presented in a logical order, and each word entry has a sentence to demonstrate use.

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  2. My DS is 4 and will be attending K in the fall. He is currently reading Magic Tree House books and working through Building Thinking Skills Grade 2/3. However, he can’t write legibly at all. He gets frustrated trying to write letters and numbers. He doesn’t like drawing, either. What should I do?
  3. Can anyone give me some advice on where to go from here? I just got results for the DORA exam for my 10dd (4th grade). She has always struggled with reading. She learned to read at 6.5 and only about a year ago stopped asking me "When will I know how to read?". We've completed OPGTR and almost all the ETC books (doing book 8 this summer). She also completed Reading Eggs and Teach Your Monster to Read when she was younger. I'm currently having her watch Elizabeth B.'s phonics videos and I'm using How to Teach Spelling with her. The main problem I see with her is she forgets the sounds of
  4. 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
  5. I have another question for the group. My second child (boy - 3 years and 3 months old) is at the point where I feel I need to start some sort of formal learning/ work. Until now we have been reading to him everyday; playing with duplos, cars, trains; used leapfrog dvds, and take him outdoors - park, pool, etc whenever we can. I would like to get ideas on what/ where would be a good place to start for math,reading and writing. I have looked at HWT and like it. I have used AAS with my older daughter (7 years old) and thought I could use their AAR program with my 3 year old. Confused ab
  6. I have another question for the group. My second child (boy - 3 years and 3 months old) is at the point where I feel I need to start some sort of formal learning/ work. Until now we have been reading to him everyday; playing with duplos, cars, trains; used leapfrog dvds, and take him outdoors - park, pool, etc whenever we can. I would like to get ideas on what/ where would be a good place to start for math,reading and writing. I have looked at HWT and like it. I have used AAS with my older daughter (7 years old) and thought I could use their AAR program with my 3 year old. Confused
  7. Hi - my son's is in grade 4. He tracks to NWEP of 231 currently. I have started him on MCT program - level 1 and he's liking it. At school, he's good. Issues I have been told and noticed: He tends to read diligently however when writing down the questions, he tends to write them down as fast as possible, effectively making grammar mistakes, too short sentences or vice versa (run-away sentences) or miss critical details. As I work with him to slow down, I want to engage with him via some work book which will guide him. MCT program has practice island but its different. I also have the M
  8. 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!
  9. A little background: I have two kids. DS6 is now in PS 1st grade and actually doing well after homeschooling until Dec of last year (I agonized and still do over PS). DD4 (almost 5) will go to K next year and we are homeschooling pre-K like I did with DS. I know any mom of many would smile and tell me they could have told me all kids are unique and their own person. And of course I know that. But sometimes it is so clear!! So I just started on lessons 1 and 2 of AAR1. Yesterday we were doing a little activity with ice cream cut outs. She was supposed to read the words, find the rhymin
  10. I have just processed, with the Lexile Analyzer, prose samples from the McGuffey Readers that I’ve been able to find online. The books are not in the Lexile database. And I don’t think poetry can be mechanically, yet accurately analyzed. Occasionally there is a sample that isn’t aligned with the others in grade level, deviating from upper-level books normally, to 7th-grade, 8th-grade, or graduate-school level. I have determined the general pattern, though, to be that the books cover a two-grade range in lower levels, and a range of several grades in the higher levels. Because the Lexile Analyz
  11. 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
  12. My daughter is great with phonics and decoding as she's reading. But the thing I have found that slows her down or trips her up is that she reads words that her brain assumes are going to be there, and doesn't see the actual word. For example, she was reading aloud to me and read "...bypassed the road to ride straight through the woods..." but instead of "woods" she read "forest." I gently stopped her and asked her to read the sentence again. She read it probably three times saying "forest" every time so I asked her to point to the word forest. She was surprised to discover it was not th
  13. I have several questions that I am hoping to get some help/clarification with.I apologize in advance if this post becomes too long. This is our first year using ELTL. I am using Level 1 with my 7 year old son who is still learning to read and Level 4 with my 9 year old daughter who is a fluent reader, but terrible speller. I am also using RLTL Level 1 with both...for my son to learn to read and my daughter to help with her spelling. We are only on our second week using it and I'm just wondering if I am using the program correctly. With my so, I sit with him and read the assigned literature (
  14. My daughter used school-based AR Renaissance reading last year for third grade. She loved the quizzes and accumulating points. I called them and they don't as yet have a home-school program. Does anyone have any alternatives?
  15. Hi! I have 4 kiddos, but my question is in regards to my youngest 3. I have 2 10 year olds and a 13 year old. My 13 yo dd has global learning delays and issues so i lump her i with my other 2. my other 2 are also (non diagnosed) dyslexic. Anyway...i need some insight to help me make things realistic. i always want to do too much and then MY school schedule is 8 hours without even a potty break . lol So, my 2 of my kids finished aar4. My son (10) was a late reader so he just finished aar3 but has flown through it and hasn't struggled much with it. None of them are ready to f
  16. I'm wondering when would be a good time to introduce my kids to Anne? Should I do it as a RAL, or have it be one of my daughters lit suggestions for the upcoming year? Do you feel it makes a good RAL, or one that would be better off enjoyed on your own? My oldest is 9, going into 4th grade. I remember meeting Anne for the first time when I was in 6th grade. My teacher that year LOVED Anne. I admired my teacher and still remember her enthusiasm. If it hadn't been for her, I'm not sure when, or even if, I would have ever read Anne. Since then, I've fallen in love with Anne myself and L.M.
  17. Background: J, a 30yo man at our church was brought up in inner city Detroit. Both parents were drug dealers. They claimed to "homeschool" their kids to get out of bringing them to school. :crying: Dad died when he was 14. Mom entered rehab when he was 21 and became a Christian. Now all 3 (adult) kids and Mom are totally different people; they moved out of Detroit to our city to get a better start. J is a great guy, smart, and a hard worker...but he can't read, so has no GPA or drivers license. We have people in our church willing to teach him, but not sure what book/program/curriculum to u
  18. 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
  19. My 6 year-old loves to read but absolutely does not want anything babyish. Hes been trying to read the boxcar children and gets very frustrated, even though I think he is doing well just needs a little help and goes a bit slow (which is totally normal for his age). Is there a book series that is a bit easier than magic tree house or boxcar children but not anything in format like Henry and Mudge, Dr. Seuss or the leveled readers? He considers those for babies (I think it has something to with the pictures and that they are not set in real chapters), he wants to read a "real" book. Any sugges
  20. 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
  21. I hope this post is appropriate here but I don't know where else to ask since homeschooling is our life. My kids and I (along with several other moms and homeschoolers) are volunteering, once a week, at an Indian school to help teach first graders how to read English. It's an English speaking school so I'm not sure I would really classify it as ESL, although many of their students' parents do not speak English. We have been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with groups of 1-4 students per volunteer. It's a phonics based program and fully scripted so the student volunt
  22. My first grader is reading pretty well but still doesn't have confidence in himself, meaning he tells people he can't read and says he doesn't know how when in reality he's reading much better than my older two at his age and they were both very strong readers. Here is where I need help thinking. We have been using 100 ez lessons for reading, we are at lesson 50 but he's been complaining and I really think he is getting bored so I went to the last story at the end of the book to see if maybe it was too easy for him and he read it pretty darn well! I only had him do two sentences and he only
  23. I have been reading to my now 1st grader son since infancy, surrounding him with books, taking him to the library every week, providing a reading lamp for awesome bedtime books, limiting iPad time (no TV at home), etc. He just doesn't take any book by himself unless I ask him to. Sure he can now read and understand at a very advanced level, but he is just lazy and chooses his sister's baby books instead -_- Does the hive have any suggestions for instilling the love of reading? Thank you.
  24. 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'
  25. We will be using (some of) SOTW 4 for history this year and was wondering if anyone has some good book suggestions for 3rd graders for the Modern History time period. The activity guide seems to have suggestions for slightly older kiddos. My girls read well, so I'm not so much looking for books on a 3rd grade reading level, but books with 3rd grade content. :) Any suggestions for any books in general for this time period would be great (even for the 6th grader)! :)
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