Tabrett16 wrote:I am spying out curriculum for next year when my dc will be k, 2nd and 3rd. ADV looks like it would be a very good fit for my dc. But what about reading? I see that there is a box on the grid in the sample for reading, but nothing is scheduled??? At present, my oldest is working her way through the R&S 2 readers, but she has a very hard time reading "real" books. She has struggled in reading since she started learning to read and I am guessing the reason she is able to read the R&S reader is because the vocabulary is very controlled and slowly introduces new words giving her time to absorb the new words. How does reading work in ADV?
My eldest dd learned to read using MFW K and MFW 1st grade. The foundation she received through MFW is strong, but still, she struggled with reading throughout 2nd and 3rd grade. So, in both 2nd and 3rd grade, we used reading time for her to read aloud to me. We used many leveled readers (you know, those Step 1, Step 2, etc. books). I looked through the "Reader" books at our library and checked out books that I knew would be at an appropriate level for her. I also collected quite a number of leveled readers in my own collection, knowing that she would read them multiple times, and her younger siblings would read them, too. During her 2nd grade year, reading time consisted of her reading aloud to me from those leveled readers. Repeat readings of a book are good. Sometimes the child will find a book he or she really likes and will want to read it again. That is great! Kids build confidence and fluency by reading over again books with which they are familiar.
For 3rd grade, my dd started with leveled readers, and slowly began to work her way into early chapter books, such as Nate the Great, Flat Stanley, and other short chapter books. It wasn't until 4th grade that she seemed to finally "catch up" and read at grade level. Now, she handles chapter books at her grade/age level with no problem. She is a 5th grader, and she recently finished reading Island of the Blue Dolphins
. Currently, she is reading a Betsy-Tacy book. She sometimes reads books that are at her level and sometimes books that are a bit below her reading level, but that's okay.
That whole experience with my eldest dd just showed me that, truly, a child will read when he or she is ready. They all learn and are ready at their own pace. Now, with my 2nd dd, we have used MFW K and we are several weeks into MFW 1st. She reads much better at this age than my older dd did. Her fluency is better, and she catches on to new sounds and words quickly. Each child is different.
During that "learning to read" stage, as others have said, just have your child read, read, read, and read some more to get practice and increase fluency. Ask questions about the book to check for comprehension. But, a "reading" program isn't really needed at this stage of the game. The best thing is just practice in reading.