Learning to Read 3 month update

We finished lesson 17 of Christian Light Education’s Learning to Read today. We’re taking it pretty slow since she isn’t 5 yet. Still, she’s made wonderful progress and is reading already! Simple short words like pat, cap, and pot. They have some more advanced “sight words” like brown, some, and many but we haven’t been doing much with them. I think it more important that she thoroughly know her letters and sounds.

This week I started using the sound slider for review. It’s really neat. The consonants are listed in order of the lessons down a laminated paper. The vowels are on removable cards. One side has the vowel on the right. It is on the left on the other. You slide these cards down the letters. There is a clear square beside the vowels to go over the consonants. Then they read the blends that are made. This has really helped improve her reading speed since she can recognize the blends rather than sound out each letter individually.

We haven’t been doing school for her every day. Some days are just too hectic for me to deal with schooling both of them even with her brother fairly independent. Some lessons we take more than one day to complete. Still other days, we don’t do LTR, but do something else instead for variety. Yesterday we read part of Dr Seuss’ Hop on Pop.

The lessons have 2 or 3 pages of listening skills where they write either the vowel or beginning letter. We haven’t been doing every one. That’s just too much for her. Some days we do 2, but usually just one. There’s also visual discrimination where she has to decide which doesn’t belong or which are the same. She’s pretty good at those. The new Sunrise edition of LTR is supposed to have a better work load, but I have the old edition.

The rhymes are fun. Each new letter has a story about the rhyme. I read it while she colors the picture. Recently, there have been basic comprehension questions. Today was ordering 3 events that happened in the story. Yesterday was matching items with their location.

She’s been getting P B and D mixed up when reading them. She knows them on the flash cards, but when their in words she gets confused. She also has to spell her name KAREN to remember the name of n. Whatever works at this stage is fine.

At the rate we’re going, we’ll finish LTR early in the new year. Then she starts language arts and Reading to Learn 1. I figure we won’t finish those until next fall. Then she will spend the rest of the year reading literature with the First Favorites collection from Veritas Press and The World Around Me for science from Winter Promise. Then back to Christian Light for second grade along with American Story 1.

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2 Responses

  1. My kids are in their twenties now. This really brings back memories. We just took our time. The younger started reading when he was four. When he was interested we worked on his phonics, but when he didn’t particularly care we let is slide. Reading was always something to be enjoyed, not a punishment or contest.He could read anything he could talk about by the time he was six.

    As a former teacher, it took me a little while to adjust to “home” coming first, before the “school” part. We enjoyed it all much more when I threw out the lesson plan book and simply concentrated on learning. I threw out just about all of the methods associated with herding a large class and used what worked for each child. When people asked me what methods and curriculum I used, I said, “the box method” — I just tossed everything we wanted to do in a box and we worked on it till we finished. Of course, I made many course corrections along the way. When something wasn’t working well, it was better to pitch it out and go with something that would.

    I found that it was so important to let them enjoy reading for the sake of reading. They learned more when they enjoyed a book than when we tried to make a project of it. Threw out all the “comprehension exercises,” etc. Good books were written to be devoured, not dissected! Hope you will enjoy many good years with kids and books.

    God bless!

  2. Liz,
    That’s one of the things we enjoy the most about homeschooling- freedom to customize the curriculum to each child individually. We do comprehension exercises in his reading workbook, but when reading for enjoyment, we just discuss the books naturally rather than a script someone else thinks is important to discuss. There’s also fun activities coordinated to the readings for WinterPromise’s American Story programs. However, my son’s eyes glazed over the few times I tried traditional written narration style reading responses.

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