eloquacious Posted September 5, 2012 Share Posted September 5, 2012 My older son (4.5) has completed: I See Sam Books, sets 1-6, Funnix and Funnix 2 (Both were "fast tracked" to basically just use the stories/reader), and though we never finished OPGTR or Phonics Pathways, I periodically quiz him with the more challenging words, and he pretty much always gets them. We will be schooling at home this year (Let's call it K4), then sending him to a school (hopefully a public charter, possibly the neighborhood school) next year (K5). Through months and months of visiting Savers and Goodwill 1x-2x a month, I have accumulated what can best be described as a classroom library of "easy readers." "I Can Read," "Step Into Reading," Scholastic readers, Penguin Readers, National Geographic Readers... you name them, we've got them. I've also started collecting chapter books, including nearly all of the Magic Treehouse Series, some Flat Stanley, etc. Having worked through various phonics programs (and iPad apps) before "unleashing" him on the easy readers, I never really worried about what "level" they are. He will gladly read 3 level 1s, 5 level 2s, and 3 or 4 level 3s on any given day, as well as picture books, Disney storybooks, etc. I used to think it was my job to get him to advance as quickly as possible...and then I realized there was no point to that, and that I'd very likely just kill his love of reading and learning. Plus, there are some really cool books to be read at this level (K-2nd/3rd text). So: Our plan is to finish ARI 4 (set 7 of the "I See Sam" series) this year (K4) and ARI 5 (set 8) next year (K5), all the while dipping in and out of the final lessons of PP and OPGTR, and otherwise enjoying reading whatsoever his heart desires. I could probably encourage him to move into chapter books, but frankly the more "like the others" he is when he enters school, the better. He has been known to pick up the occasional book like Charlotte's Web, or a Junior Novelization of Monsters, Inc., but for now he's happiest reading 15 or so "short" books a day, rather than plowing through a novel. I'm totally fine with that. That being said, by the time these next two years are over, I don't really see him being content with that. So, the questions I have are: Assuming that by 1st grade he'll be in chapter books, do I then continue with "reading instruction," or just let him coast, knowing that he's ahead of the curve anyways? My goal was to afterschool with the Literature and Grammar series from Michael Clay Thompson, but I'm not sure when we would start with those. Are there any advanced phonics / reading instruction materials suitable for use with such a student? I've noticed that Angela (Satori) uses workbooks called "Reading for the Gifted Student," but I can't see any online previews. Has anyone used those or similar items? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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