Hello, fellow homeschoolers!
I have a question regarding my 6 year old daughter, soon to be 7, and reading.
Last year I started Del. Reading level 2 with her. We haven’t finished it yet, but all of a sudden she’s pulling books off the shelf and reading them. She needs help with some bigger, unfamiliar words, but for the most part she just sounds it out and thinks logically about what the words most likely are based on context. I feel I should still finish level 2 with her this year, so she has a good foundation on the blends. My question is, after she finishes it, should I move her on to level 3 (will it be necessary?), or should we skip level 3 and jump into the first Pathway Reader (I LOVE those books, by the way)? I also thought about adding the reader alongside finishing level 2? I want to give her some good, quality stories to read, since she loves reading so much. Sonya, I’m hoping you are able to comment, but of course I will be thankful for advice from anyone who has been in the same spot. 🙂
Thank you!Sonya ShaferModerator
How exciting? Let me ask a clarification question that will give me a little better idea of your dd’s progress. What kinds/level of books is she pulling off the shelf and reading? And is she reading the sentences in them smoothly and fluently or still sounding out word by word? (OK, that was two questions. Oops. 🙂
She will pick up whatever living picture books I get from the library and some easier ones like Ten Apples Up On Top. She reads quite smoothly and confidently, not sounding out words so much, but only hesitating when she gets to a bigger ones like “neighbor”. She also reads with inflection and excitement, not monotonously.
(Continuation of my previous post…)
She also has a good memory, so after having been told a couple of times what a word is, she will recall it the next time around.Sonya ShaferModerator
Level 3 is to help a child make the transition from reading single words to reading sentences and longer. It sounds like she has already made that transition. She might not need Level 3, or you might want to go ahead and do it in order to build more confidence.
The passages will gradually get harder as you go along, so she will be reading sentences more difficult than Ten Apples Up on Top. Kit 3 uses a Robert Louis Stevenson poem, a proverb, an Aesop fable, and a short letter. One thing you might do to help you make the decision is to go ahead and give her a short Robert Louis Stevenson or Christina Rossetti poem and see if she can read that; maybe try a proverb or two also. If she’s good with those, I’d say just give her the reading practice with the Pathway Readers.
She’s also reading all of the Frog and Toad stories and attempting anything I give her, really. I did give her Stevenson’s Bed In Summer and Rossetti’s Caterpillar to read, and she did pretty well with only hesitations on a few words she had not come across before. She had more trouble on the proverb because of so many larger, unfamiliar words, but I think I will go ahead and finish out the level 2 and add First Steps alongside. Thank you so much for your time and help, Sonya!
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