31 March 2014

Treadwell Primer: Story 2

Lesson One
With Daughter A., I had to teach the soft-g (|j|) sound in order for her to read this story. But with Daughter Q., I taught the soft-g sound the first time we encountered it, back when Bob Books introduced the word "passengers." Truly, I think introducing the rules sooner, rather than later, works so much better.

I'll probably know more about that, however, as I begin teaching Son O. to read.

28 March 2014

Treadwell Primer: Story 1

The Treadwell Primer
by Harriet Taylor Treadwell
Just as I did previously with Daughter A., as we reached the end of our Bob Books sets, I transitioned to the Treadwell Primer. This, my friends, is the first lesson!

Like Daughter A., Daughter Q. was so happy to read something fresh and new. Very few readers written for this stage of reading ability are written well. Many of them have tiresome, boring stories, with stilted language and no rhythm. We can contrast this with the Treadwell Primer, which is full of nursery tales that have been enjoyed by generations of English-speaking children of the past.

Here are a few things you need to know about these lessons:
  • The label I'll be using is "TP" meaning that, for instance, the first story will be labeled "TP:1"--and so on and so forth for each new story. I hope this makes the lessons as easy to find as the Bob Books lessons are.
  • I do not require my student to read these stories twice. These old-fashioned stories teach reading through a sort of natural repetition. For instance, in the story of The Little Red Hen, the hen goes to different animals and says variations of the same sentences over and over. That is enough repetition by the end of the story, in my opinion!
  • The page numbers are for this specific printing of the Primer. If you have a copy that is not published by Yesterday's Classics, there is a chance that the lessons will not match up exactly. That doesn't make them unusable, but you will need to prepare in advance.

This is the point where some children, like Daughter Q., really take off on their reading. While others, such as Daughter A., still need very careful lessons. Don't be afraid to let your natural readers take flight. Spending a single day on a story is plenty, if that is what they are ready for. Just be careful that they aren't reading for so long that they become tired and begin to dread their reading lessons.
Lesson One
  • Introduce new digraph: ea
  • Review appropriate sections in the binder.
  • Read: Treadwell Primer, Story 1 ("The Little Red Hen") pp. all
Click here for tips on teaching the vowel digraph ea.

26 March 2014

Set 5, Book 8

Lesson One
  • Review appropriate sections in the binder.
  • Read: Set 5, Book 8 ("The King") pp. all
Crazy. With Daughter A., it took a long time to get through this book. It felt like quite the push to the end. This time? Daughter Q. just flew through it and was done. It is amazing to me!

On a personal note, I only have one child left to get through the Bob Books, which is something we'll be starting soon.

And, of course, I'm working on putting all of this together into an ebook which will be easier for you all to print off, meaning easier for you all to get down to the business of teaching those precious children to read!

24 March 2014

Set 5, Book 7

Lesson One
  • Review appropriate sections in the binder.
  • Read: Set 5, Book 7 ("Chickens") pp. all
No review required! Because we've been introducing lots of phonics along the way, instead of sight words, our students are already prepared for these final books of the last set of Bob Books.

Isn't that exciting?