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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K4.5 Curriculum and Tot School for Winter/Spring 2014

AppleBlossom and I have made it halfway through Memoria Press Kindergarten and we’re loving it. We started early with the expectancy of a new child addition in mid-Spring, but when that was met with miscarriage, we took some time off, but then we ended up right on time with the Halloween books at Halloween, Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving and Christmas and Advent stories with the season, so it all works out. Now it will be the summer that we’re expecting a new addition, and that works out just fine! Also we’re continuing to trot along with Sonlight P4/5. We’re about halfway through that as well, but we’re not trying very hard either. With P4/5 we’re mainly doing it to add in more reading. I love MP Kinder, but I also like having more books to read, so it works out well. Memoria Press is definitely my preference for overall curriculum rules.. . .

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I’m crazy, but leave me alone! I’m Nesting!!

People have asked if I have… started cleaning the house like crazy? Nope. Folding and refolding baby clothes? Nope. Repainted or made a million baby items? Nope and nope. But I will admit that I have reorganized, sorted and completely labeled all the cloth diapers more than ten or even fifteen times. What’s wrong with that huh? It needs to be done! When people like Grandmama or SisterB come and need to change a diaper (that’s why they’ll be here right???) they need to know what’s what right? It’s necessary. So I’ve got my labels from Accessories to Medium gDiapers, Medium Kissaluvs, Medium FuzziBuns, Night Fitteds and Inserts… Small/Medium Wool for AppleBlossom as well as Medium Covers, Prefolds for AppleBlossom in the day and night if necessary, One Size Covers, All-in-One OS Diapers… Newborn Wool, Newborn/Small Covers for OrangeBlossom, Newborn Prefolds (in the laundry being prepped!), Newborn Fitted and AIOs,. . .

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The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading; no experts need apply!

Take charge of your child’s literacy with this jargon-free phonics guide. Too many parents watch their children struggle with early reading skills — and don’t know how to help. Phonics programs are too often complicated, overpriced, gimmicky, and filled with obscure educationalese. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading — from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book.

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