I have an 8 year old 2nd grader. He is able to read at a 3rd-4th grade level, but he lacks phonemic awareness beyond basic letters and blends. What would you recommend for finishing out the year? I’ve seen a lot of good comments about TGATB or AAR. I’m just not sure how in depth I should go since he reads so well. For 3rd grade I am considering SW and ULW, however I am not to the point of being confident enough to trust the process. How will I ensure he’s learning all the basic skills he needs to pass the mandatory 3rd grade standardized testing? Will he learn to write poetry, a letter, original writings with ULW? TIA.
Can you please explain further what you mean concerning his reading level but “lacks phonemic awareness”? I’m not sure I understand fully.
Concerning Charlotte’s method to approaching the subject we call language arts: it looks incredibly different from what we traditionally are familiar and comfortable with. Many elements of language arts are rather abstract ideas so Charlotte presented them later than the traditional method. I encourage you to read through our series that elaborates on how Charlotte approached language arts.
Because of our desire to stay true to Charlotte’s method, Spelling Wisdom and Using Language Well Books 1 will not teach children how to write poetry, a letter, or original writings. Original Writings begin in grade 4 with 1 written narration a week. Children prepare for this written narration by orally narrating most of their readings (oral composition) prior to grade 4 (this continues through their school years). Poetry is learned by reading poetry every week and in upper middle to early high school written narrations can be required in the form of poetry (we like to suggest mimicking the style of the poet being studied that year). We teach poetry analysis in Using Language Well Book 3.
Children will see letters in Spelling Wisdom and will be required to study and write them (studied dictation) in Spelling Wisdom.
While utilizing Book 1, children will learn capitalization rules, punctuation rules, and English usage.
Ok I have opened the blog you have mentioned and will read through it tonight.
In regards to phonemic awareness – for example if we do phonic flashcards he will know basic ones like a-z, ar, sh, ck, th, but not many more past that or maybe not all the sounds for all of them. If he doesn’t know that eigh says long a or long i I’m not personally worried because he can read eight or height just fine, but I feel like school and most homeschool curriculums are loaded with phonics at this grade level. I sometimes feel like I am confusing him more by trying to cram all these confusing rules and sounds into him.
Maybe it would be best to just focus on reading, doing copywork, and improving his oral narrations until we can start SW and ULW in 3rd grade?
It sounds like he is reading just fine. Utilizing phonics flash cards are not in keeping with Charlotte’s method and he seems to be able to read through his books fine. Is there a reason you’ve decided to utilize the flash cards when he is already reading well?
Charlotte used a basic phonics approach vs intensive phonics. It works well for most children. :-). We have a video in which Sonya discusses basic vs intensive. I encourage you to take a look.
Focusing on reading, copywork, and improving oral narrations sounds like a delightful plan.
Well I am new to CM methods and had been using a more traditional type Reading/Language Arts program that uses flashcards. I’ve watched the video and I think I get it now! Just focus on phonics as he needs it – so simple and effective and not so overwhelming.
It seems like you have a better understanding and do I detect some peace mixed with excitement? Charlotte’s method truly is simple but effective. 🙂
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