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.
So I have been away from my blog since having my third child but things seem to be settling down now! I feel like I’m not being pulled in 20 different directions! Little dude is 5 months this week and man, is it going super quick! He’s a beautiful cheeky little man!
But thankfully, he’s the most chilled out baby ever!
I’ve been keeping it easy with homeschooling! I decided it is much easier to follow a lesson plan to teach Lady P how to read so I bought Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons
Amazing so far! 100 easy lessons that take 10-15 minutes depending on how quickly your child understands the concepts and that’s it! I will review it when we are further along. Lady P really enjoys them.
Cheeky Girl (no longer known as Baby S) has been doing messy play, learning letter sounds and basically is just exploring her environment. We always become a lot more laid back with our second children don’t we?
Well, that’s about it for now! Lady P officially starts ‘reception’ in September. But we’ve decided to put her in three mornings of nursery until she’s 5 and continue home education. I go back to work 3 days a week so my husband and I are juggling home educating the kids! So far, we have a well-oiled machine of being home on opposite days so the kids are always with one of us!
See you all soon!
If it involves princesses, lady P will do the work! I found an excellent printable pack about princesses from 1plus1plus1equals1. I printed most of the pack and we are slowly making our way through it. Today we did ‘princess graphing’. Lady P and I took turns rolling the paper die, then we coloured in a block on the graph. We played until one picture got to 10 on the graph. I showed her how to go up each bar, then across to the number to see how many each picture received. This came quite naturally to her. After, she wrote the numbers underneath the picture. She doesn’t like doing this because she isn’t confident at writing her numbers. But I used the number poem pages from communication4all and she really likes the poems. She always requests them when we do our numbers.
After we did this sheet, she just wanted to play so we read The Frog Princess from an anthology of princess stories we got from the library and acted it out with her stuffed animals.
Then S began to cry upstairs (she was supposed to be napping) so we played catch the bear in the front room! (I don’t recommend this!). Lady P didn’t want to do much ‘work’ today so we basically just played. I usually let her lead right now as I want learning to be fun and on her terms.