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Favorite Curriculum Choices – How to answer that???

So here I was, minding my own business and updating my “Previous Curricula” page. Then I was drafting out a “plan” post for the summer and fall to come this year when I stumbled upon the calendar for the TOS Crew where I had the option to participate in a blog carnival with the theme of sharing my Favorite Curriculum Choices. How appropriate that my mind is already here!? I figure that I could just think back on this last year and share my favorite choices, but that seems unfair especially since I’m considering my earlier and past choices as my younger daughter gets closer to truly starting “school”. So I figure I’ll give you levels and my choices within. Also if you’re curious, you might want to step back and read my Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014) post as well for more details. Link backs:. . .

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(Some) Bob Books on Kindle for only $0.99!!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve seen a sale and really promoted it, but today I just discovered that some of the Bob Books sets are on sale in a Kindle format for ONLY $0.99! That’s amazing! I just downloaded the Rhyming Books, which is the only set we do not physically have right now and my learning-to-read-four-almost-five-year-old and she is diving in. Already working on Book 2! Woohoo!!

Bob Books: Rhyming Words

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Ok, let’s talk phonics readers

Do you have much experience with Beginning Readers or Phonics Readers? Via TWTM and my own childhood I’m familiar with BOB Books. Through Memoria Press I’m getting the recommendation for EPS readers, which I have not yet seen in person. Via SisterL I’ve gotten my hands on some old version BOB Books including a Set A2, Set B1, Set B2 and some Step into Reading Phonics readers. All between 8-12 booklets per set. Then through review products I’ve gotten my hands on My First BOB Books Alphabet, My First BOB Books Pre-Readers, and BOB Books Beginning Readers (blue box). Then… I had my SIL buy for me the Cosco sets available. So that got me a large combo version on the My First Readers, Collections 1, 2, & 3, and Sight Words (combo of K and 1st sets). The only one I don’t have that I don’t think is available. . .

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My Little Pony Phonics Fun by Joanne Mattern

My Little Pony Phonics Fun by Joanne Mattern Illustrated by Carlo Lo Raso Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Beginning Readers – My First I Can Read! Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 12 pages each in 12 little books 5 x 5 Date Published: March 11, 2008 Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Phonics comes to life with My Little Pony! This I Can Read line extension features a box holding 12 little books—covers all the short vowel sounds, and more! As I have said before, teaching a child to read is a long term project and I love the idea of little phonics readers like the Bob Books so it excites me that the HarperCollins I Can Read! series is coming out with Phonics Fun packages that are little boxes full of phonics readers. While these are the same size and similar looking to Bob Books these are not the. . .

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Biscuit Phonics Fun by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Phonics is fun with Biscuit! Based on the lastest research about how children learn to read, these twelve full-color books feature repeated examples of short vowel sounds and common sight words. The simple stories about the little yellow puppy will make the process of learning to read fun.

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My First Bob Books – Pre-Reading Skills

Sally the Circle and her friends introduce important skills that help prepare your child for reading. Your youngsters will never know that they’re learning as they follow the adventures of Sally, Seth and Tanner – but you will. Pre-reading skills introduced in this 12 book set include:

Identifying basic shapes in preparation for letter recognition
Sorting, classifying and symbol identification to build important problem-solving skills
Recognizing simple patterns to create awareness of letter groups and sight words
Sequencing to strengthen the ability to predict how stories flow

The Parent Guide offers additional activities, games and tips designed to support new concepts and build a foundation for reading.

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My First Bob Books – Alphabet

In 12 playful books, familiar animal friends progressively introduce the 26 letters of the alphabet. Engaging, read-aloud stories inspire and motivate your child, while proven teaching principles inspire success. Your child will prepare for the magic of reading as My First Bob Books • Alphabet guides them through these stages:

Realizing that written language represents spoken language
Learning the names of the letters
Realizing that letters represent sounds
Learning which letters represent which sounds

Hidden pictures challenge kids to find objects with featured sounds and the Parent Guide offers additional teaching tips and activities to support kids’ growth and build confidence.

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Early Readers

What do you know about Early Readers? It seems like for the most part the major publishing companies all have their own version, but I keep getting confused so I decided to try to write out a list to understand it a little better myself. (I then figured I might as well make it a blog post in case any one else is interested!) Oh and now it seems many of these are available through Nook and Kindle. Those seem to range from $2.99-$4.99. These are all listed as Nook Kids, so I’m not sure if that means they are Nook Color (Nook Kids app on iPad too) Read to Me books, but I think that’s a possibility as I know the two I Can Read! ones are… speaking of which, a new one is FREE as of today! The problem that I notice off hand is that each publisher. . .

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