kalanamak Posted July 13, 2008 Share Posted July 13, 2008 P. 79 1st edition, under heading "General Instructions for Grades 1 Through 4" (It is very similar in the second edition): "You should aim to begin first grade work when your child has gone almost through the Phonics Pathways primer, has covered most of the major rules of phonics, and is reading simple books without reluctance." I'd like to get started on 1st grade. I have tried a couple dry runs at narration, and I get decent "retention and response" if I ask questions about the page's content. ("What did the Ice Age people do with woolly mammoths besides eat them?" "Wore their skins" "Did they do anything with the bones?" "Made houses from them, and needles." If he hesitates, I point to a drawing on the page that will help him out). All I would be doing differently is forming these exchanges into a simple paragraph and going over that with him. *However*, kiddo is not "reading simple books without reluctance". He is progressing, but slowly....and if I waited until he could pop open a mid-range Bob book and read on his own, I might be waiting for Christmas. (He is doing rather better-than-age-for-a-boy in handwriting.) I can't see the harm of moving on, but this is such *specific* instruction, I'm wondering if anyone else has wondered about it, or not moved forward because of it, or moved forward and did/didn't regret it. Whaddyathink? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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