Friday, May 20, 2016

The Long Awaited Phonics Bundle: From After 5 to After 50

I have had a lot of requests for a bundle in recent weeks.  The particular bundle requested has been one with the phonics packets that we have been creating over here for the popular homeschool reading program, "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons".

This bundle includes everything from our previous ten packets!  That is a 298 page bundle!  Whew!

To be honest, I wasn't sure I would be able to fit 298 pages into one comprehensive bundle that still offered high printing quality.  So, I called in the troops (in the form of my computer savvy husband) and he handled the technical side, and made it work beautifully.

So, we have the flash cards, the coloring activities, the additional story and sound activities, and the crafts that you are familiar with from our packets.

And, in light of the fact that it is a bundle, there is a big price break as well.  So, you receive two hundred and ninety-eight pages for $14.99.  Yay!  (I love price breaks!)

Here's the link at our store:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"After Fifty Phonics" is up...Plus, another Freebie

Yay!  We have completed our supplementary worksheet packets all the way to Lesson 50 for the "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" reading program.  I may be just a tad pleased with myself about this.  Here is the brand new packet, all ready to go in my store:

And to celebrate this feat, I have also uploaded a new FREEBIE worksheet, especially for those of you who are enjoying these packets.  I felt that we really needed a worksheet that was blank for a writing prompt for our kiddos.  Because as we move through the program, our kids are getting a lot of writing experience, but around lesson 50, they are more than ready to begin writing their own short stories. 

I just thought it might be nice to have a "writing prompt" type of sheet all ready to print out, with our friendly Glimmercat encouraging them on at the top of the page. 

There's even room at the bottom for the kids to illustrate their story, just like the pages on our "Storytime" worksheets or the short stories in the book. 

You can download this fun printout here at my store for FREE:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Still More Worksheets for "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons"

As I mentioned in the last post, I have begun the "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" book with my four and a half year old daughter.  She has completed the first five lessons of the book, and we are now following up with the supplementary worksheets that I created to compliment DISTAR's fabulous reading program (available for sale here.)

Since completing Lesson 5, we go over the flash cards (seen above) for the sounds m, a, s and long e, every morning first.  And then, I give her one of the complimentary worksheets to practice.

Since they are laminated, we use dry erase markers and then wipe them clean to give them another use, later.

This additional practice has been excellent for giving her practice with the sounds and the needed repetition connection with hand-eye coordination.

Plus, she just seems to be having fun with it.  (It took three careful tries on her part to complete the picture of herself above.  I was terribly impressed with her finished product.)

The included crafts are also a fun way for her to connect the dots with sounds, words and imagery.

All of the supplemental worksheets seen in this post are included here in our "After Five Phonics packet":

If you're looking for a few fun free worksheets for supplementing "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", download these five awesome free worksheets:  Free Sample Lessons.

We now offer a full bundle of these supplementary worksheets that covers the lessons all the way up through Lesson 50.  Check it out this Cost-saving Bundle here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Preparing to "Teach My Child To Read" via "100 Easy Lessons"

It's that time!  You've found your homeschooling reading curriculum because it was recommended to you by almost every other homeschooler you have run across.  It's all included in one beautiful "not-so-little" book with this huge title:  "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons".

You've even skimmed through the first few pages and you're just itching to try it all out, with your child sitting in your lap, reading through the sounds with you.

Here's the only catch:  You had hoped to include a few complimentary crafts for your beginning reader and maybe a few follow-ups along with Siegfried Engelmann's valuable reading instruction.  You are aware already that repetition for small ones is vital, and although much repetition is built into "Teach Your Child to Read", there is always room for more, especially when it can be an engaging activity outside of the book itself.

This is the whole reason I created supplementary printables myself.  I wanted crafts.  I wanted extra hands-on activities, and heck, I even wanted worksheets that showed my child how to write the letters as recommended at the end of each lesson, without having to create the letters myself by hand on a piece of writing paper.

So, here I am, with printable packets created, through Lesson 45, and my middle child is ready to begin reading.  In fact, she has already completed the first 5 lessons.  So, it is time for us to begin my first supplemental phonics packet:  After Five Phonics!

 It's time to get prepared!  I printed out some of the color worksheets and then purchased some self-laminating sheets and dry erase markers. 

I followed the directions, covering both sides of the paper with the laminating sheets and we are ready for this! With a thrill, I realize these are now primed to last over and over, for fun repetition with all three of my kiddos! 

I try them out on my daughter (remember, she has completed the first five lessons of the book already).

Even though she knows her sounds, I realized as she worked on this first worksheet, that it was helping connect the dots between an image and a sound.

Also, she was learning new vocabulary since "Eagle" was a new word for her.  But these new pens were a fun tool for her, and she seemed to enjoy the activity.

The next day, she was ready for another.  And boy, was she enjoying her new printables.  Even her brother decided to get involved.

The dry erase marks wipe easily off with a paper towel after use and they write on smoothly.  Below, my son tried out the "What Do You See" Page by drawing a picture of himself picking a flower.

I'm looking forward to expanding my daughter's experiences with these fun worksheets and giving her another opportunity to practice her sounds with the flash cards seen below.

We are all set!!!  Stay tuned for more!