There is no better feeling than choosing a new curriculum that WORKS! It is not only a joy to teach but the student is equally excited. Trinity is doing kindergarten level work and teaching her to read is a main goal for this year. After much research, I chose to go with The Reading Lesson and I am VERY pleased with the results.
Because it was designed by a physician specializing in behavioral, attentional,
and learning problems in young children, any child who is struggling to master
reading may find the slower pace and clean, distraction-free pages of The
Reading Lesson more suitable to his learning style.
The Reading Lesson, is child-friendly, easy to use, fun, and low cost! TRL is organized in 20 lessons, with over 400 pages in all. Each lesson:
- Teaches phonic sounds of letters.
- Teaches combining sounds and reading new words.
- Teaches high frequency key words in the Word Theater.
- Reinforces sight words with word games.
- Teaches writing and typing of common words.
We begin our Phonics/Reading lesson by reviewing the alphabet using a game, flashcards, worksheet, etc………….. Then we complete two pages of The Reading Lesson (children between five and six are recommended two to three page per day) which takes about 10-15 minutes. If I feel she struggled, we will repeat those pages the next day. We copy a few of the words (especially those she had the most trouble with)on a separate sheet of paper. That transitions us right into our handwriting lesson. We use Handwriting Without Tears but there is a companion to TRL called The Writing Lesson. Other companion products include The Storybook and The Reading Lesson CD ROM. i HIGHLY recommend The Reading Lesson.