As soon as she was reading fairly well, we read some simple books with repetitive phrases, such as Have You Seen My Cat? and a few others. After this, we moved into the first Pathway reader for reading practice. After finishing the first three Pathway readers, we used the Christian Light graded readers for practice.
My third child enjoyed “100 Easy Lessons,” and I think we went through half of the book together. After that, our reading time mostly consisted of practicing his reading skills through the Pathway readers.
I’ve written before about how my fourth child had difficulty learning to read with “100 Easy Lessons.” She just wasn’t getting it. It was so discouraging for us both. I kind of had a fear in the back of my mind that she would never learn to read fluently. But I never told her that. I just kept encouraging her that she could do it, and in the meantime I began looking into different methods that might help her.
She’s also read through these books, which are always a hit with our kids. I got this set from Heart of Dakota a few years ago, and it’s such a great set!
My youngest has loved using the All About Reading pre-reading program, and we plan to go straight into Level 1 with him this coming fall.
I rearranged things in our basement and made a little school area where we now have a magnetic white board to use with All About Reading. It’s not required (I share here how I used a magnetic cake pan at first!) but it does make using the letter tiles a lot easier. We got this mid-year and it has been such a huge help. And I have a place to hang the pre-reading poster, too!
I also love that we have all of our art supplies right at hand, so it’s easier to grab out any supplies we need for that day’s lesson. And I moved our daily calendar down here, too.
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