Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (Paperback)
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With her reputation firmly established as an educator, the author of the Well-Trained Mind, Jessie Wise, shares the phonics teaching methodology first utilized with her own children and most recently "beta-tested" with her grandchildren. The result is this manual. While I'm hesitant to imply that any homeschooling parent is "ordinary," the premise here is that there are no extraordinary or "professional" skills needed in order to teach a child to read. In fact, this manual reads like an extension of common sense parenting. While Part 1 starts right off with the phonics lessons, you might want to read Part 2 first. Here, the "ordinary" parent find sections on preparing a young child to be a reader, managing the reading session, encouraging a child to be a reader, and a complete index to the lessons as well as a collection of questions and answers.
The phonics instruction starts with short-vowel sounds; then it progresses through consonant sounds; short-vowel words; two-consonant blends; consonant digraphs; three-consonant beginning blends; long-vowel sounds; silent-e words; long-vowel sound spellings; other vowel sound spellings; other spellings for short-vowel sounds; silent letters; r-changed vowels; two-syllable words; other letter patterns and silent letters; possessive words and contractions; other spellings for the long-e sound; plural and hyphenated words; three-syllable words; endings, suffixes, and prefixes; more letter patterns; and a final section on homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Following a typical pattern, lessons are scripted with necessary supplies clearly noted. Intermingled with the instructor's words are explanations of phonics specifics [i.e. ng looks like a consonant blend (two distinct sounds blended together), but it is actually a consonant digraph (two letters representing a single speech sound)]. These explanations are extremely helpful for the "ordinary" parent who wishes to understand phonics terminology. Repetition, in the form of chants, reinforces the sounds being introduced. The child reads directly from the manual - sometimes individual words, sometimes sentences, sometimes rhymes, sometimes little stories - all in large print. There is a cleverness permeating the reading material; a tendency toward alliteration and rhyme resulting in what might be classified as tongue twisters. Starting with the lessons on two-consonant blends, the author introduces the "Two Review and One New" teaching technique. This is a combination of noting lessons where total mastery was not quite achieved and reviewing those lessons along with the most recently covered lesson ("review two") and introducing the new lesson. While not present in every lesson, reinforcement activities are interspersed among the instruction such as the "eat a treat" game or use of a magnetic alphabet board. Occasionally additional supplies like the magnetic alphabet board are needed for optional activities, but usually blank index or printed cards and a pen are the only supplies needed. If you want to save yourself the prep time, however, a set of 320 pre-printed cardstock flashcards are available which correlate with the lessons in the book. The Audio Companion CD is another additional but helpful resource which features correct pronunciation of the phonetic sounds learned in the program through rhymes and songs.
Readers of the Well-Trained Mind will not be surprised to learn Mrs. Wise suggests reading instruction can typically be started with a four or five year old and sometimes with a three year old. For these young ones, introductory lessons can be short - ten minutes - and gradually progress to a more usual timeframe of thirty minutes. Effective phonics/reading instruction requires the teacher to be continually patient and for teaching sessions to be frequent and consistent (i.e. daily). Mrs. Wise similarly maintains that reading, writing, and spelling instruction should be sequential rather than simultaneous.
In summary, with this program the "ordinary" parent is given an extremely usable and comprehensive tool not only for teaching reading but also for learning and understanding the dynamics of phonics instruction and for reinforcing the importance of a disciplined learning environment. 370 pgs. ~ Janice
Customer Reviews5.0 / 5.04 ReviewsWe love Ordinary Parents Guide To Teaching Reading! We started using it with my daughter at age 4 and we got through the first 30 or so lessons which are consonant and vowel sounds (easy to remember with catchy little songs) But she wasn't interested enough to keep going We decided to wait until she started "kindergarten" at age 5 and a year later she remembered everything! She has flown through the lessons and her reading skills impress not only me but everyone she meets This program is so easy to use and its amazing how quick they pick it up She sees new words and is able to sound them out with the rules she has learned through OPGTR This is an excellent program!May 7, 2013We started using the Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading when my daughter turned 4 We had been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 EZ Lessons but my daughter is more of a tactile hands-on learner and it was not working well for us We LOVE The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading! The first 26 lessons teach your child the letters and letter sounds using games (find the flashcard with the letter you say) and The Consonant Rhyme which is a poem that names the letter the letter sound and a word that begins with the letter Lessons 27-40 teach your child to read three letter short vowel sound words We were able to complete lessons 27 - 40 in about a month and a half Ex: cat tub rug etc Lessons 41 -64 teach the child about consonant diagraphs and blends (ex: ng th ck str etc)The rest of the lessons discuss silent E words and spellings for the long vowel sound words such as oa ow and oe for the sound of long O She also has lessons toward the end of the book the talk about other spellings for short-vowel sounds silent letters r-changed vowels two syllable words silent letters and other letter patterns There are 231 lessons in all Each lesson has a section where you say the rule (by the way everything is scripted) and then the child reads some words that use that rule For this part of the lesson I found it helpful to have my daughter read the word using magnetic letters on a magnetic board at the table instead of reading from the book I even have her help me find the letters to form the words After reading some practice words there are some sentences for the child to read that make a little story I found it helpful to write each word on an index card and make a long sentence of index cards on the table for my daughter to read instead of reading the sentences from the book Also there are sight words throughout the book Up through lesson 65 the only sight words taught are of the I and a I like to write these words on an index card and put them in an index box that my daughter decorated to keep her "special words" and we review them daily This book can be used with young children as young as 4 but with lots of repetition We did a lesson in 2-3 days because some lessons have many sentences to read and a young child cannot sit still through the whole lessons The lessons only take about 15 minutes or so and is highly do-able for younger children This program can be used with all the children in the family because it is not consumable Overall this program is very easy to use It does not require many outside materials aside from index cards The magnetic board and letter are nice to have but not necessary The book also has an accompanying CD you can buy to practice the saying the sounds correctly but I did not buy this and the program went well for us This book is not expensive and is well worth the money I recommend it to all my friends with small children even if they are not old enough to start reading yet because there is a section in the back of the book with ideas of games and things you can do with pre-readers to get them on the road to reading I also like it because there is not much teacher preparation I just pick up the book my board of letters and my index cards and start the lesson This is a complete phonics program that will take you from the beginning of reading through about a 3rd grade level so don't be afraid to review lessons the child did not understand Repetition builds learning! I made up my own flashcards but there are pre-printed flashcards and the magnetic board with letters that go along with this book My daughter also started reading BOB books after lesson 40 She liked the idea that she could read a whole "real" book by herself This outside reading is not necessary to do the program but some children may enjoy it On the author's website it lists books the children can read and after what lesson they will be able to read that book I would highly recommend this book to a parent with young children who want to start reading GREAT BUY!September 24, 2008We switched to this program from 100 EZ lessons I love the open & go nature of the program Each lesson is about 15-20 minutes in length and consists of a review and a new material portion I love how inexpensive it is The only other additional materials that I've found necessary are a couple of packs of index cards for games and flash cardsThis method is best suited for visual learners who don't need lots of fun games bright colors or snazzy songs to help them learn how to read That said my kinesthetic child is doing well with the program because the lessons are short and systematicSeptember 24, 2007This little jewel of a book is my top recommendation to new homeschooling parents! We will be entering our 4th of using the book later this summer It truly is open and go Simple concise lessons (By "simple" I mean straightforward and uncomplicatedlessons usually take 15 - 20 minutes) I started using it with our oldest when I made the decision to ditch the previously purchased "phonics" curriculumteachers guide workbook It required non-readers to write and read words that contained sounds not yet taught and the lessons themselves were way too long for my then 5 year old boy to finish So we switched to this! After a rocky reading start he has marched through this book and will finish it in the upcoming year His 6 year old sister has spent a year learning to read with this book I'll start the next sister this year also So honestly I'll just have 3 bookmarks in 3 places in the book That is it friends! Also sporadically throughout the book there are games/activities for some lessons that are great and really reinforce learning We purchased the optional cards to go along with the book which has been helpful; but you could easily write things as needed on index cards These card are used occasionally for sight words and the activities I mentioned earlierThis approach to simply learning to read fits our family perfectly! Cannot recommend highly enough!June 4, 2013
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