What materials do you use to teach reading?

Creative Madness Mama discusses Teaching Reading

Learning how to read is possibly the first essential skill in education, but how to teach it? How do you teach reading? There are programs, and curriculum galore available. There is just using phonics or alphabet flashcards. There are interactive apps for mobile devices and websites. There is the option to just read to them and point things out here and there. And there are also educational DVDs. Which direction to go? This doesn’t even touch on the use of workbooks and printable worksheets too! AppleBlossom is my oldest, and at six she is a really good reader and enjoys it. She CAN read good chapter books such as Prince Caspian, Pages of History, The Red Pyramid, Fancy Nancy Chapter Books, and Harry Potter. But she still wants pictures, so she goes back for things like the Magic Tree House, The Black Princess, and picture books. I’m trying to win. . .

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The Pros & Cons of Cursive Handwriting

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During our first grade year we started cursive with the guidance of New American Cursive through Memoria Press First Grade Classical Core Lesson Plans and we did a bit more with our experience in Logic of English Foundations. My daughter loves cursive and is always asking to write more and perfect her skills. This year we are continuing with more NAC2 and a bit of Classically Cursive through Veritas Press. Now that the Princess is ready to ‘start’ writing, we’ve gone back and forth between a combination of cursive and manuscript. I’m not sure if I’m of the opinion of cursive first or not, but I’m definitely of the opinion of cursive early!

Pros and cons of cursive - Educents Blog

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PreK3 Curriculum for 2014-2015

Having just finished drafting my post for the K5 Curriculum (even if it is six months late!) I figured perhaps I should also write a post for our PreK3 Curriculum this year as well. As my second child is entering into the world of academia I am learning some important lessons. While AppleBlossom was ready to jump and run early on and loves workbooks and “doing school” things… her sister is, well… a free spirit. OrangeBlossom should have been called PinkBlossom. If it is not pink, princess, or fairy related she’s not interested. All life must involved things that are pretty, beautiful, in skirts and sparkily is a plus. Sitting to “do school”, so not her thing. She will beg for school for a minute or two, and then flit here and there and yonder. OrangeBlossom is my here, there and yonder child at three years old. Who know what the. . .

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