Ready to Read – The Curriculum
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Let me tell you about the reading curriculum we are currently using. It is simple, affordable, and best of all adaptable to your child! I know a lot of curriculum can be pricey. This is one of many reasons we don’t use traditional curriculum all that often. Finding something that meets our needs, actually works, and fits well within a budget is a win in my book!
It’s called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. It can be purchased through Amazon here or through the link at the end of this post.
The thing I love most about this program is that it teaches the phonetic sounds in the order that helps the child learn to read. It gives the child time to practice and perfect each sound before putting it to use. What that means is they may first learn a new sound in one lesson, but won’t use it in a word for two more lessons. Giving them time to practice the sound and better remember it. It also incorporates handwriting which is great to teach at the same time that they are learning each sound. We use these pencils that also help learn to correctly hold a pencil. She actually prefers these to standard pens or pencils and says they are easier to hold on to.
We started out using a program that taught the alphabet and letter sounds traditionally in alphabetical order and she struggled with it. She has done much better with this program. It has made a world of difference waiting until she was ready, going at her pace, and switching to this reading curriculum.
This program works so well for going at their pace. If they struggle with a certain sound or lesson it is easy to slow down or repeat lessons until the child is ready to move on. On the other hand, if they breeze through a lesson they are short enough to easily move on to the next. Or even better, be done early and go play!
The most important thing about any of this is going at your child’s pace. Every single child learns differently and at different speeds. If they need to stop or take a break, it’s totally okay. Let go of some of that pressure to “keep up” and have fun on this journey with your child! Remember, we want them to learn to read, but more importantly, we want them to learn to LOVE reading.
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