Hayden and Carson took to reading like fish to water. Bailey, while he likes it, hasn’t taken to it quite as well. He likes it fine, but it’s not his strongest subject.
Several months ago I got an email from a fellow homeschooling mom about a program she was using to teach her new-readers how to read. After a bit of research I decided that, once we got settled in Columbia, I was going to order Level 1 and go through it with Bailey.
The program is called All About Reading and it really is fantastic. It would have been too much instruction for Hayden or Carson, as they flourished with “How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.” But since that didn’t quite work as well for Bailey, this program has been perfect.
We may have been able to start with Level 2 but I wanted to really fill in any gaps he may have, so Level 1 was just right. He was able to work through about two or three lessons a day. When I ordered Level 1 I also ordered the sister program, All About Spelling, which we’re currently working through (even thought we’ve already started our summer break). I am very pleased with this, as well, and have a feeling we’ll be ordering Levels 2 of both programs.
Here’s Bailey the day he finished AARL1:
A bit about my philosophy of reading and how it relates to Bailey: I knew he was not reading as well as his brothers had at his age, but my main goal was to make sure he loved reading and that it didn’t become a battle. Had he been in a school setting I have a feeling this would have become a major point of contention in our home. I’m thankful for our choice to homeschool because it has provided us the opportunity to work with Bailey at his pace without him ever feeling behind or out of place. He just works his hardest, enjoys reading, and goes on about his day.
I’d rather him read later than his peers and LOVE it when he finally masters it than to force it upon him and create a distaste for reading. I’m already seeing the benefits of this program and the fact that I have stood by my philosophy even though it may seem counter to my Elementary Education degree. One minor way (minor to you… HUGE to us) we are seeing results is in the fact that we are playing Apples to Apples as a whole family now.
That game has words on it that a 9 year old should be able to read with ease. However, Bailey has had some trouble in the past reading the cards. He always hesitated in playing and would rather go play with Legos or some other toy. We made him play with us a few weeks ago and he actually LOVED it. He has found a new freedom in being able to read the cards for himself and the night after we played this rowdy hand, he actually begged us to play it again. As I said, this is HUGE!!