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Multisyllabic words and REWARDs

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I am trying to decide what to use with my youngest in 2nd grade when she finishes with the Sam readers but will need more work on the bigger multisyllabic words. I have a copy of Webster's that I used successfully with my older kids but she has been tougher then them. I also considered Syllables Spell Sucess or ABeCeDarian levels C and D.

What is REWARDs like? Is it easy to implement? Do you only use the intermediate level and not the secondary level? I think she will do best with lots of practice reading words in stories. Are there any good readers to practice with?

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After we finished 'I See Sam,' we moved onto the Parker Readers which are linked on ElizabethB's 'The Phonics Page' website somewhere.

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Those Parker readers seem like they may work but I think it may hard to track down an actual copy. I do not like working from a screen or printing a lot out. 

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REWARDS begins when your student can read at a grade 2.5 level. I remember it being fairly simple to implement, many moons ago now. Once we got through the Intermediate level, ds' choice of reading material really opened up. We also used Pathways Readers, stories set on an Amish family farm, so faith-based.

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The McGuffey Readers are good, you can see the PDFs, the tougher words are divided and defined at the beginning.  I have just seen samples of Rewards but it looks fairly easy to use. You might also want to consider Megawords, it supposedly starts at 3rd or 4th grade level but the first few books are fairly easy. I recommend the McGuffey readers for my students that need to gradually build up their reading skills.

Here is a link to the 2nd reader, you need the PDF version to see the way they divide and mark the difficult words before each reading passage:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14668

You can also buy reprints, or most libraries have them. You want the blue and orange 1879 version, NOT the older brown Mott Media edition.

https://www.amazon.com/McGuffeys-Eclectic-Readers-Set-Through/dp/0471294284/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1545976799&sr=8-4&keywords=mcguffey+reader

The older Open Court series published in 1989 is also good, it starts with long vowels, my son needed a lot of repetition and he didn't like McGuffey so I used the old Open Court series.  The Gold book is free online, I would start with that, the Blue will be too easy.

http://wigowsky.com/school/opencourt/opencourt.htm

The next book after the Gold book is Shiny Golden Path, then Rainbow Bridge, several used reasonably priced.  The stories are great, you can make much better stories when you start with open vowels, and many of them are based on fables.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0812612167/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1545863120&sr=1-1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0812613155/ref=tmm_hrd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1545863213&sr=1-1

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Rewards is very easy to implement.  I looked over it when I got it and we started the next day.  I used it as a remedial program with my oldest though, so I can't comment on readers to use alongside.  I did tear the binding off of the student book and put the pages in page protectors.  This way she could mark on the pages and erase if needed for extra practice. 

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