sweetpea3829 Posted October 1, 2012 Share Posted October 1, 2012 I need some help. Or a smack upside the head and encouragement to drop some of what I've got. And I'm sorry in advance...this is long! DH broke his leg earlier this year and was out of work for 7 months. Money was tight, and we did not have the resources to continue to purchase the language arts curriculum we needed. So we began to use the free Progressive Phonics and kind of make up what we needed as we went. It was ok, but not ideal. Here's where my oldest two are: DS5: Reads pretty well. Completed HOP K, 1 and 2. I did not like HOP, once we got to level 1...it just did not give enough practice/explanation. He just completed Progressive Phonics Advanced Book 2 and is starting Book 3 tomorrow. DD6: She is a struggling reader, but she is not far behind grade level, if she even is. She completed HOP K and 1. She just completed Progressive Phonics Intermediate Book 4 and starts Book 5. DH returned to work and I have been able to purchase some additional language arts. Here's what we've got: WWE1: Both kids are working together through this, and are on Week 5. FLL1: Both kids are working through this together and are on lesson 23. ETC: I just purchased the complete set, including the pre-ETC and Beyond the Code. After flipping through all of the books, I can tell you that my kids phonics skills are all over the place in the ETC curriculum. There's stuff in Book 3 that we haven't done yet, and stuff in book 7 that we have done. Spectrum: I have 1st grade Language Arts, 1st grade Reading; 2nd grade Language Arts, Phonics and Reading; and 3rd grade Language Arts, Phonics and Reading. All About Spelling: Both kids are working through Level 2 and are on Step 6 Help me fit it all together! I just can't seem to figure out how to incorporate it all and/or what sequence to go through! I'm not even sure if I want to keep FLL (holy cow, does it really take 40+ lessons to learn what a noun is?). Our weeks rotate. This week, we have a 1/2 hour block for DS for Phonics/Reading on MTW. On TR and F, he'll do math during that 1/2 hour block. Next week, he'll have Math on MTW for that 1/2 hour and then Phonics/Reading on TR and F. Same rotation for DD. Up until now, I have just read with them from their Progressive Phonics during that 1/2 hour for Phonics. But it definitely didn't feel like enough practice and review. Up until now, we would do FLL on M, T, and F. And WWE on T, W, TR, and F. Every day, both kiddos have a folder with worksheets, and practice sheets for them to be working on while I work one on one with one of their siblings (I also have a 4 and 3 yr old to contend with). Usually, if it's a "math week", I'll add extra language arts practice to their daily folders, and those worksheets will review the new material they learned in the previous week...so they've had worksheets for identifying nouns, etc. Finding phonics sheets online that correlated with the Progressive Phonics lessons proved to be a bit harder and more time-consuming, and not for nothing, but they've had how many lessons of nouns and FLL isn't going to be getting into any "new" material anytime soon! Any suggestions on how to rework this language arts curriculum of mine? Drop something? Just use the Spectrum stuff for practice? Just use ETC for practice? Drop Progressive Phonics? I don't know what to do!!! Please help!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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