- July 21, 2018 at 10:03 PM #50675
Does anyone use, or know of a curriculum that teaches decoding skills beyond the first grade level? It’s my experience that many second and third graders could use more systematic and controlled practice in this area but have not run across a curriculum that stressed this. There are certain sound combinations not typically taught in first grade because their use is not in normal first grade vocabulary. I also think there is a lack of controlled practice in how to chunk big words into readable bits. (Thus every long word that begins with e is elephant.) Again this skill is more applicable in second and third grade reading work. First graders do not encounter lots of four or more syllable words. What have you found that works for you?
- August 7, 2018 at 4:08 PM #51099
Check out an old standby–the “Plaid Phonics Books” that have taught over 50 million children to read and have been on the market for 50 years. Their name refers to the “plaid” colored covers they had for many years. They are marketed by Modern Curriculum Press, apparently owned by Pearson currently. They have worktexts for grades 1-6. Each level has an excellent teacher resource guide with ideas to teaching visual and kinesthetic learners. Single copies can easily be purchased on Amazon for review. Many vendors market the product. You can view samples on this website:
- August 11, 2018 at 8:24 PM #51371
Thanks. I like what I’m seeing here.
- August 8, 2018 at 8:27 AM #51104
Jonas I am assuming this would work for 5-7 grade students for remedial reading tutoring. Would you be able to start with a advanced book or always start a student from the beginning book. We have a couple students in 7th grade we have been working with for a couple years .
- September 24, 2018 at 10:26 PM #52077
I am rather slow in adding a few thoughts here, but for what it is worth…
The Explode the Code series published by EPS and sold by Christian Book Distributors is a good remedial resource. It’s not a series I’d really recommend for all students though it would hurt none of them. The two biggest reasons I’m hesitant to use it regularly is that most lessons follow the same simple pattern and after awhile tend to bore most students. (For those who struggle with reading, this repetition is beneficial.) Also the art work is rather crude (as in simple and basic), it has been done by students. We have used it successfully for remedial work in the lower grades but have never gone further than book 3 1/2 (about the end of first grade, beginning of second grade level). The later books deal with words that many older students stumble over.
- August 9, 2018 at 9:09 AM #51124
You could start anywhere in this series–you’d need to find what level “fits.” Starting relatively “low” could have several benefits: it might provide the student an opportunity to do well, it might cover some things he didn’t know before, and it might reinforce some things he learned before by coming “at” them in another way. Also, the student would not feel that he’s merely “repeating” some material he covered before, since the books are from a different set of curriculum material.
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