lotsofpumpkins Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 First, for some background- I taught my first two children to read using Rod & Staff Phonics/Reading. It was very thorough, and worked great. The only downside was that it was very time-consuming. I started my 1st grader in R&S phonics the last part of his Kindergarten year since he has a December birthday and was already 6. He had completed ETC Book 1. He completed the first unit of R&S 1st grade phonics with no trouble. When we started his 1st grade year, he was at unit 2 of R&S, where they begin long vowels. He started getting frustrated because there was a new rule each day and he was having trouble grasping the new concepts. So, I decided to switch him to Phonics Pathways and ETC. Both of those cover consonant blends after the CVC words; long vowels come a bit later. ds did fine with the consonant blends, and was ready to learn the long vowels when we got to them again. He is now about halfway through ETC Book 3 and on approx 88 of PP (we have an older edition; he just finished the section on long vowels with a silent e, and started learning about ee and ea as spellings for long e). Here is where I'm wondering if I'm doing enough with him. He does 2 pages of ETC per day; at the current pace, he'll finish up Book 3 plus another book by the end of the school year (I haven't decided whether to do Book 4 or 5 next, since I've heard some people save 4 for later since it is difficult). We spend about 5-10 minutes in PP per day; I just have him read from the book. Although ds is much happier with the pp/etc combo than he was with R&S, I am starting to feel a bit guilty that he will not cover all of the rules this year unless I pick up the pace. He spends about 1/3 the amount of time on phonics/reading that his older brother did; that's where part of my guilt is coming from. My now-3rd-grader is young for his grade (August birthday), plus reading did not come easily to him at all. But I pushed him in 1st grade, and he reads very well (and enjoys reading for fun) now. My 1st grader is older because of his late birthday, plus reading is coming pretty easily to him these days (once he got over the long vowel hump). Sometimes I wonder if I should have stuck with R&S for him, but with my large family, I figured using less time-consuming programs would be better. Plus, ds was getting upset about R&S and letting it affect his whole day. (The funny thing is, now he's talking about R&S sometimes, like he wants to go back to it. :lol: ) Sorry this is so long. I guess I'm asking how others use the PP/ETC combo so I can see if I'm doing "enough". Since he's not having any problems with it right now, should I require more pages/time each day? I would really like for him to be reading more "real books" starting in 2nd grade (starting with Frog and Toad type books and progressing from there), but he has a lot more phonics to learn first! I feel like I'm letting him get behind. [besides the current 1st grader, I have 3 more dc to teach to read after him, so I'm trying to gain some confidence in the PP/ETC method, if that is what we should stick with. My 5yo is in ETC Book 1 now, and he also has a late birthday, so he's not even officially in Kindergarten yet. I don't want to wait until he's in 1st grade to teach him to read, so it makes sense to stick with the PP/ETC combo; just need to figure out if I'm doing it right!] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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