Topic | Delightful Reading Level 2 Lesson

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  • Betty Dickerson
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    Hi There,

    I’ve gotten so much out of the Living Math bundle, especially the DVD which walks you through a lesson.  Is there a similar type video for Delightful Reading?  I’ve seen the two videos on youtube that Sonya made, and even from those, I saw that I was not teaching each lesson as recommended.  I’m on level 2 with my daughter and I’m not seeing the words stick with her.  We are up to Activity 6 and it takes quite a while to review the words she should already know by now.  Maybe I’m not supposed to review each of the words?  But at the same time, I feel like she needs more reading practice.  I took out some Bob Books (dread!!!) so that she can feel like she’s actually reading.  I must not be doing something right.  I feel like I’m floundering a bit in the application of the information.  Any help?  Thanks so much.

    Sonya Shafer
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    First I’d recommend slowing down the pace and spending more time on each letter-combination. You could play several activities/games over several days, all focused on just one combination (for example, -at) and see if that helps. Recording the combination in her little book would be a special treat for the final day after she “gets” it and remembers it well.

    If you try the several-days approach and she still struggles, my guess would be that she’s not quite ready for word-building yet. Back off, play games and activities that reinforce the letter sounds, then knock on that door again in a few weeks to see whether it’s ready to swing wide open.

    Betty Dickerson
    Participant

    Yes, you are right Sonya.  I remember when I used Reading Made Easy with my oldest (almost 17yrs ago) lessons were only three times a week. It kept things moving more slowly and we reviewed or played for the other days.

    Today the NEATEST thing happened.  Over the weekend my dd and I watched some funny cat videos on youtube.  In one a hen was brooding over some little kittens as if they were her little chicks.  So today dd sounded out while I spelled with magnetic letters: cat, hen, God, and sit.  Then she wrote the words on the magnetic white board beneath the magnetic letters.  Then I thought about that video we had seen.  With magnetic letters I spelled: God made the hen sit on the cat.  I briefly taught the words made, on, and the.  Then she read the whole sentence to her Daddy (who is rarely home).  He laughed and then we showed him the video of the hen and the cat.  Well, the next video that came up was a cat mothering a set of ducks.  So we switched words around on our sentence to say: God made the cat sit on the duck.  We talked about the sentence and the word duck and that ck like to stay together.  I wrote the sentence in a primary composition books in pink pencil and she traced it and illustrated it.  She was thrilled.  She said, “Oh I can’t wait to tell Daddy this adorable story!” Then she read him her sentence.

    All this to say, that this reading lesson was all very natural and organic.  God put some pieces together.  It was “out of order” with our reading lessons, but it helped me to see how we could have more fun with words she’s already learned.

    The same thing happened with our math lesson, but that’s another post. 😉

    Thank you so much for your resources, SCM, and for teaching this “old dog” new tricks for this last round of homeschooling.

    Sonya Shafer
    Moderator

    Hurrah for organic reading lessons!

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