Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reading - that in between stage

My 6yo is at that awkward in between phase, when she knows basic phonograms and rules, but putting it all together into real reading is intense work. Phonics readers are too long and labor intensive. She doesn't know enough sight words to work through most easy readers (and we tend to tackle sight words phonetically, anyway). Reading becomes a chore. Progress halts. What's a homeschool mom to do?

This is the stage when repetition, repetition, repetition is key. I own the book called Teach a Child to Read with Children's Books, which has this gorgeous list of repetitious children's picture books in the back. Some books are still too hard and some are too easy. I order massive amounts of these books from the library, and we tackle each one in our own way. We aim to read each book 3 times. The harder ones we tag-team read, and I model the phonics skills for her. 

I also took her phonics lesson book (we're using 100 Easy Lessons, though I don't swear by it) and typed up the stories in normal font, with a capital letter to start and ending punctuation. I put it in a binder and she practices reading the story over the course of 3 days. I put the phonics needed for review and some sight words on flashcards to practice and help with the story reading. Then, we pull out a whiteboard and copy 1 sentence from the binder. This method seems to be working well: we'll see if it gets us over the reading hurdle. Our schedule is: binder, flashcards, and sentence writing during our school day (20 mins tops), and picture book reading at bedtime.

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