pehp Posted January 7, 2012 Share Posted January 7, 2012 Hello everyone, I've been lurking here for a couple of years, but am finally going to jump in because my son will be 5 in June and I'm starting to work with him in a more formal manner. By way of introduction--I'm polly, my son is 4, my daughter is turning 1 next week, I'm a SAHM with a philosophy degree from William and Mary (that SWB connection! it makes me love her even more!), MA in english and a JD. And....now I'm channeling all this obsessive love of learning to homeschooling my children. ;) He knows all his ABCs and the letter sounds, but does not read (except that he can sound and spell out C A T and sometimes a few other, similar, simple words). We are working our way through the MUS primer, and it is sufficient for our purposes at this point. He has very good handwriting (maybe this is related to his excellent fine motor skills--he's always been strangely good at fine motor activities?) and so for fun, every few days, I let him copy a few words or sentences, or allow him to make grocery lists for me (I spell out each word....) The only other thing we are doing/have done is to do a very casual study of buildings through history. He's obsessed with buildings, structures, etc. so we are starting with the ancients (pyramids! stonehenge!) and going through Rome (Parthenon! aqueducts!) through the Middle Ages (castles! cathedrals!) and into modern times (skyscrapers! crazy bridges!). So far we've only really covered Egypt, but it has been rather amusing for both of us. I own MUS primer, as well as a mudpies and magnets book. And the first ed of TWTM. ;) My first, basic question is: what do you recommend for teaching reading? I've checked out, and we've fooled around with, 100EZ lessons, from the library. We first tried when my ds was 3 and it was clearly just not going to happen. I sort of fooled around with it not long after he turned 4 (summertime) and I was on the fence as to his readiness. I can't decide if it's the program or just his development. I don't want to rush him. (But the 'rhyming' part of the EZ lessons was just sort of asinine to him--he hated it, though he liked the sounding out....and so perhaps I should just deviate from the 'script.') I looked at a thread here that listed the curricula that folks regretted and was amazed to see 100Ez lessons listed frequently! So that led me to ask what else is out there that might be worth considering. FWIW, I've considered using K12 online (not through a public school, just independently) but I don't really know much about their LA program or whether it would be worth it *at all* for a 5 yo this fall. That's a lot of rambling to get to the point: what's your favorite learn-to-read program? TIA! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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