We have been using Phonics Museum which covers K & 1st grade. While, the K book was below my daughters level (she was already reading when we started), we continued with it simply because she enjoyed the lessons and work sheets and I love how it introduces classic art, historical & Biblical facts etc. I also love it for the handwriting practice. It teaches D’Nealian which is our prefered method of handwriting. I would just have her do anywhere from 2-4 lessons per day depending on how many worksheets there were per lesson. So, needless to say she breezed through the K workbook and we are already breezing through the 1st Grade workbook (though, she is definitly learning new things now and her reading is amazing)… she is 6 years old. The 1st grade curriculium will also introduce “spelling tests” so that will be new for her. However, I kind of recently started doing that with the alpahbet puzzle pieces and she is amazing me with her ability to spell.
My question is…where do we go from here? Explode the Code? Or Primary English Lessons? Has anyone else used Phonics Museum? The natural speller? What did you do next? In my research, I’m finding that “grammar” is best left until at least age 8 or 9. But I want her to continue to progress in reading and writing. Thanks in advanced. 🙂
I should also mention, since this is our first year formally Home Schooling, I am new to CM. I know the PM curriculum is not really CM compatible, however, because my daughter really loves it & it has come naturally for her thus far, I feel, for her, it’s a gentle approach. But, I’m on the fence about the spelling test aspect after watching the CM video on Prepared Dictation. But, it’s suggested that a child does not start that until 4th grade or so. So what do we do until then?
These are the ideas I have for the summer months…
I want to finally start reading the Little House Series to her & I found some great lap booking downloads online to go with the series. And also, an Elementary Creative Writing program from Connect the Thoughts. I LOVE how they stress to the parent NOT to make grammatical corrections (save that for the grammar lessons), so it will not hinder the creative process.
But, I feel this nagging need to start lining up some sort of plan for after Summer. Anyways, hope my rambling makes sense to someone out there. 😉ruthParticipant
I am not familiar with the program you have used, but you could have her do copy work. I believe there is a book you could purchase in the book store that has passages already selected for her to copy from. For the spelling aspect of it have her try to copy the words as a whole rather than transcribing each letter.
You would be best to wait untill older to introduce spelling and grammer. Your focus now is reading, coprehension, and handwriting. Once she is proficient in these then you can introduce spelling and grammer. The creative writing sounds fine as long as she is enjoying it and you aren’t stressing grammer and spelling, but the creativity part.
Thanks Ruth! 🙂
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