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    What helped me with teaching DD to read was teaching phonics (used ETC, Happy Phonics and Starfall) then getting DD to read daily. Her fluency grew quickly when she had to read to me daily. I canít find the original blog post I got the idea from, but you take a notebook and write down the name of the book, author and date (if you also want to use it as a reading log) then write down phonics sounds and sight words that are totally new or just not mastered that are in the book. Review this page with them before they start reading.

    We were late to the game finding AAS. For us the lessons are much more open and go if the tiles are always on a board. We got a cheap piece of sheet metal from Home Depot or Loweís. DH trimmed it a little to fit into an old poster frame that we had. We just used duct tape on the back to attach it to the frame. In about a 1íx3í space on the floor we have a repurposed shoe shelf that holds our AAS cards, curriculum, not-yet-introduced tiles and a clipboard case which holds handwriting paper and pencils. The magnetic board is on the top shelf propped up against the wall and we can sit down and start the lesson right away. BTW, definitely look for this curriculum used. This way you can save a lot of money and potentially get things like the card box with dividers for little investment.

    For handwriting we used the student workbook for Handwriting without Tears then moved onto Zaner Bloserís student workbooks. We didnít really use copywork until our third year of Build Your Library. If youíre in their Level 2 FB group, the files section has all of the copywork and blank lines in one document in order to make copywork easier for you.

    Besides introducing basic punctuation and capitalization, we didnít start grammar until the end of 3rd grade. We really got up to speed in 4th grade when we used Zaner Bloserís Grammar, Usage and Machanics student workbook. I wish we took it a little slower, but it got DD more comfortable with getting her thoughts on paper without me being her scribe. Again, the frequency of doing a little work (a couple sentences at a time) out of her comfort zone helped her get over her fear of a blank page. You can teach grammar through copywork only, but I needed more handholding than that.
    Last edited by Only; 08-18-2020 at 05:48 AM.
    Getting ready to start 5th grade with DD. Grateful for having the guts to go with this crazy notion of homeschooling my kiddo.

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