Monday, October 31, 2011

Decoding Winner!

Wow!  I am so impressed with everyone who made a comment on the post, If You Can Read it, You Can Win it!  You are all GREAT decoders for emergent writing:)  I wanted to take a minute to answer some of the questions you left in your comments:

1) No, I didn't give Audrey ice cream, because it was 10:00 in the morning:)  BUT, I feel a little bad after all of your comments saying I should her some ice cream:)

2) Apparently the squiggle on the top left of the note means absolutely nothing, according to Audrey.

3) Her favorite ice cream is strawberry and mint:)

 Now for winner of the Break the Sight Word Code...


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Memoria Press: First Start Reading/Classical Phonics Review

As members of the TOS Crew, we recently had the opportunity to review First Start Reading & Classical Phonics by Memoria Press.  These products have been very helpful to our homeschooling program and I have been using them in conjunction with our own program.


Classical Phonics: A Child's Guide to Word Mastery by Cheryl Lowe gives students and teachers all they need to know and understand about basic phonics skills.  This book is an excellent resource to have because all of the phonics skills are combined within one small book.  This is a type of handbook that I will constantly use to refer to when teaching a specific phonics skill.
Within this small book, here are just some of the phonic skills addressed:
Alphabet, short vowels, CVC, silent e, blends, long vowels, vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, pre-fixes, and sight words.

First Start Reading: Phonics, reading and Printing by Cheryl Lowe comes with the following books: Book A, Book B, Book C and a Teachers Guide.  Beginning with Book A, the student will have a total of 25 lessons, a review and an assessment.  Each lesson will cover the following categories:
*Letter sounds
*CVC Words (Common Word, which include sight words)
*Reading skills such as beginning punctuation and plural sounds
*Beginning Sentences
Here is an example of Book A Lesson 1


Book B covers 26 lessons but includes dictation under Reading Skills and progresses from reading basic sentences to short stories.  By Book C, the areas categories remain the same but students will be reading longer stories and writing longer sentences.

Here is an example of Book B lesson 1:
 Book B Lesson 2:
 Audrey is really enjoying the handwriting lessons...


What do I think?
Although Audrey is strong in the area of phonics and sight words, I think these books (especially books A and B) are an excellent opportunity to review what she already knows while also providing us with practice in areas where she needs more instruction.  It is always fun for kids to review what has been taught because it builds more confidence.  We are really enjoying the practicing of letter formation (handwriting) and drawing pictures in the book.  Handwriting is an area that Audrey needs more specific instruction and I love that these books lead her to develop her writing practices.  I am looking forward to seeing the progression of her writing as we continue the program!  I am also excited to see Audrey learn new concepts with Book C as we continue to progress with the lessons.

How much does it cost?
First Start Reading: Book A, Book B, Book C and Teachers Guide is $29.95
Classical Phonics is $14.95
I think these prices are fantastic for the quality and comprehensiveness of the product.  In fact, this is probably a product I would purchase if I did not receive it to review.

Memoria Press also offers a variety of other products, which include Latin, Logic and Rhetoric, Christian Studies, Literature, Penmanship and more.  You can order risk free with their 60 unconditional return policy!

You can see what my other TOS Crew members thought of this product {HERE}.

Disclaimer: As members of the TOS Crew, we received these products free of charge.  However, the review in this post is my own opinion and was not influenced by the free product or the company.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ready2Read Level 2 Unit 3

We are three units into Level 2 of the Ready2Read program and everything is going along nicely!  Audrey continues to amaze me at how quickly she picks things up, but I think all kids are like sponges...waiting to soak it all up!

*If you are new to the Ready2Read program, you can check out the information for Level 1 {HERE}.  Level 1 prepares children for Level 2.

*You can check out the information page for Level 2 {HERE}.


Level 2 Theme: Word Family Fair
Unit 3 Sight Words: white, ate, on, she, want
Unit 3 Word Families: -ing and -ice

**This week we introduced the long vowel/ silent e word family (-ice).  It is important to teach this concept specifically.  Therefore, here are two free downloads for helping to reinforce the concept if you missed them from last week:
1) Color-by-Number Silent E (review if you downloaded them last week)

Download Unit 3 by clicking the buttons below!




We started by with our color-by-number sight words.  
 We now have 15 words for Level 2! 

Singing our sight words to the tune of B-I-N-G-O is still a favorite around here.  In fact, both girls "fight" over who gets to point to the words next.  Little Sophia loves to be a part of everything and singing is such a FUN way to learn:)  It is good to let them search for the words too...

Five new sight word circles were traced, colored in and added to our balloons...


Decorating sight words was all about the tissue paper this week, which was Audrey's suggestion...


 Remember to let THEM squeeze those glue bottles, which help build up those hand muscles...

Look at all of our sight words thus far...

Audrey was super excited about coloring in her word family puppy...

Here is our Color-by-Sight-Word Aquarium!  This was such a FUN coloring page!  What kid doesn't LOVE coloring and it is good for building up those fine motor skills needed for writing...

Read it, Trace it, Paste it pages...

Break the Sight Word Code pages are so much fun!  There are 3 pages in each unit...

Audrey loves reading her Mini Mini books...


Our word family word sort brought a smile to her face!  Cupcakes!

We played memory with the word family sort printables this week!  Just print an extra copy and have fun learning.  I think it really helps in reading the words correctly:)

Play Dough Mats...

I think that the word slides this week are SO cute!  We have chocolate sprinkled donuts!!! Audrey said, "Oh, I like this Mommy!  Thank you!"

Roll A Word Family is always a hit here...

Sight Word Graphing...
Different levels can be purchased from my Teachers Notebook Shop...

We played Tic-Tac-ING and Tic-Tac-ICE and she had a blast!  Who said learning can't be fun??

Our Blends and Digraph worksheet...
*Note: We only had two blend pictures for the -ice word family because we are only working with specific word families in Level 2...


The Sentence Strips are a great way to review sight words (pre-primer) from Level 1 and word families from Level 2.  I am a strong believer that review is SO important and that is why I incorporated this element into the program.  Here, Audrey is hunting for the correct sight word...


Next, she glued the cut up pieced onto the sheet...
We continue to add new blend words each week to our lemonade cups and review the ones we already have learned...


Oh yes...Cotton Candy Word Families!  How sweet:)

Here is a picture of our Ready2Read wall for Level 2 Unit 3:


Have a GREAT week of learning!


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