I am creating an Autumn unit in my head, and doing activities with my girls focussing on the Fall season. (I say, in my head, because I am so disorganised and can’t seem to follow a routine).
My two youngest were sick at home with daddy while Lady P and I went for a stroll. We picked up leaves and brought them home. I drew an outline of a hedgehog on their paper and Lady P cut hers out while I helped Cheeky Girl. Then they glued down leaves for the hedgehog prickles. The result was lovely! The fall leaves are bright and beautiful.
Lady P wrote the word hedgehog on her paper and Cheeky Girl made marks, trying to write hedgehog. This activity took about 10 minutes. Tomorrow they will colour the face.
I have been searching for beginner readers that are REAL beginner readers. What do I mean? Well, the Oxford Reading Tree books that are used by most schools are good but I find that Lady P is still not getting it because they make things too complicated and colourful.
‘But I thought colour was good!’ You may say! And you are right,for most kids! But Lady P is very easily distracted…by everything!!! Including pictures that have loads going on!
I once read somewhere, by another homeschooling mum, that she had to switch reading programmes for each of her children because they all had a different way of learning. Lady P is a very active child and struggles to focus for any amount of time. I finally found a programme that works for her. Besides doing the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons programme (which she enjoys), we are reading the BOB books every night before bed.
I bought Set 1, which go through the alphabet in a step by step fashion, starting with 3 consonants and a vowel and adding letters in each book. Set 1 starts with simple CVC words and only 5 sight words. The pictures are mostly in black and white with 1 colour added, making them simple and non-distracting. Lady P was so excited when she read her first story all by herself! What a confidence builder!
I recommend these books for children who are struggling to put the pieces together. For instance, lady P knew her letter sounds, knew what words started with but couldn’t quite put it together to read whole words. Once she gains some fluency, I’ll let her try the Oxford Reading Tree books again.
I may even purchase the pre reading books for Cheeky Girl to start on.
We have been trying to spend the last remaining nice days outside before the British Winter/Rain begins. It’s been surprisingly mild and dry so that’s pretty exciting.
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