I haven’t talked much about the lesson side of homeschooling around here in quite some time. I have been planning like crazy and getting all of my kids situated with the materials they will be using over the course of the next year, anticipating a little down time this fall when we welcome our new baby. I thought I might share here and there some of the materials we have been using successfully.
It’s been a full year since I first shared that I had chosen to use the All About Reading program with Larkspur. My decision to use this program came after years of teaching reading using various methods and programs, and finally realizing that I had reached a point where I wanted and needed a scripted program. Using All About Reading has proven to be very easy to execute, demonstrated by the fact that we are still using it one year later! This doesn’t always happen. I have shelves of homeschooling materials that have quickly fallen out of favor for various reasons.
Larkspur finished Level 1 about six weeks ago and shortly thereafter began Level 2. I am anticipating that working at her pace, it will take us about a year to complete. Larkspur is very much following her own time table, which is absolutely as it should be. I have found that the All About Reading lessons are very easy to work through over as many days as we need, moving as slowly or as quickly as Lark chooses. The approach is gentle and fun and I really appreciate the fact that it is multi-sensory as well. Lark loves the readers and was thrilled to get the new ones that came with level 2. They are hands down my favorite readers, and I know that Larkspur would agree because she is always taking them from the shelf and tucking them next to her bed. Only recently has she begun to engage in early reading and writing activities on her own such as writing simple little stories, spending hours at a time doing so when she’s in the mood, and I am not sure how often she actually reads from her readers outside of her lessons. I take the fact that she likes to keep them nearby, “just in case,” as a good sign.
Because Beatrix is a bit of a precocious learner, and begs to do reading lessons (and math lessons, etc. etc.) but I am not quite ready to teach her how to read, I decided to purchase the Pre-Reading program for her. We began using it a couple of months ago. While the lessons begin very simply by introducing first the capital letters one lesson at a time, followed by the lowercase letters, and then letter sounds, they are fun and entertaining enough that they have satisfied Beatrix’s desire to be “learning how to read.” Beatrix already knows her letters and most letter sounds, but is not bored at all with these lessons. I think they are perfect for her, especially given that she is not yet even five years old. On most days, Larkspur joins Beatrix for her letter themed crafts and they enjoy working together.
I am not worried about how I will keep up with the girls’ reading lessons this fall after the baby is born. I know that all I have to do is pull out our materials. I won’t have to do any planning or preparation. That makes all the difference for me, along with the fact that my girls are almost always excited when I announce that it is reading lesson time. I am truly a devoted fan of All About Reading!
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