Topic | Beginner Reading

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  • LindseyD

    As I have browsed through the Curriculum Guide, I have noticed that the only suggestions for grade 1 are First Steps, Days Go By, and More Days Go By. As far as I can tell, First Steps is way too basic for my ds6. I think I’m going to purchase the other two books, since they look a little more challenging. 

    I was wondering if you all could give me some other suggestions for beginner reading books that will help build my son’s vocabulary, as well as his endurance to read longer passages. The only things I can find in bookstores are twaddle.

    He can read Dr. Seuss books like Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and The Cat in the Hat really well. His grandmother gave him all the Biscuit books for Christmas, and he has enjoyed those (although I feel they are a bit twaddle-ish).

    To clarify, I am looking for books he can read on his own, not books for me to read to him.




    Well, we are at the end of Days Go By now.  The vocabulary builds on itself and is challenging with plenty of review.  The primer was very easy for my dd also, but it was good for her to gain confidence.  There are some others that are free at the Baldwin Project.  They are recommended by Ambleside.  I didn’t like them as much as Pathway, but you can look at all of them before you buy the books or just print them out.

    McGuffey’s are another choice, too.


    Rachel White

    I agree about those particular readers; they have good messages. I highly recommend the Elson Readers with or without the workbooks:

    and definitely Reading Literature Readers from Yesterdays Classics under the Literature tab:

    Those can be obtained free at Baldwin Project. Both of these selections are replete with wonderful poety, folk tales and classic stories. I use them both for narration.



    My first grader uses the Beehive Reader from All About Spelling.  It correlates with the All About Spelling program, but can be used independently, also. 


    Also, I like the books by Nora Gaydos.  Some might consider it twaddle, but they are awesome for phonics. 


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