I am about halfway through AAR level 1 with my 6 year old. I also alternate with “sight word lessons” by reading Dick and Jane readers every other day. He seems to like both. But a Charlotte Mason approach to reading lessons really makes sense to me (hence, the reason why I alternate between strictly phonics and sight words). However, he is my first child that I’ve taught to read so I lack confidence. I feel like the “measure of success” in homeschooling (by the onlooker) is how well they read (at least in the beginning). I like the simplicity and ease of use AAR (I also don’t use it completely as scripted), but I would prefer eliminating “twaddle”. On the other hand, I feel like the practice with their readers gives him confidence in his reading ability. Soo……just wondering if anyone else has made the switch from AAR to CM style reading lessons and how did it go? I would probably finish this level and maybe see how it goes in the summer with CM reading lessons. I also feel like CM lessons would take a little more time to prepare, but I wonder if they would be more interesting for him. Any thoughts?
I’m using 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound from A Gentle Feast. I love it. Part two comes out this summer.
With my other child, I am following CM instructions from a blog. I will post the link if I can.
For spelling we use Spelling You See.
Ramblingsmom. com is the website. The Post is Called A Charlotte Mason Reading Lesson.maltajoyParticipant
About the 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight & Sound level 1
He doesn’t know his letters or sounds yet.
I believe he needs to know these first? If so, do
you have any idea’s?
We switched from AAR to Delightful reading and we love it. AAR level one is more along the lines of level 2 from DR. I much prefer DR. It is user friendly and very open and go.
You could use Delightful Reading kit 1 or follow the directions from the sample, before using A Gentle Feast Reading.
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