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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Thanksgiving in Manhattan (part 2)

My reply to Science Geek got so long, I decided just to bring my comment to the top.

Yes, Scott tries to figure out words he hasn't studied yet. When we started with blends on the end, he anticipated there would be blends on both ends. (Blend is a good example of a word with a consonant blend on both ends.)He now is recognizing the silent "k". He knows that some vowel teams are going to sound like the long sound of the first letter and he knows that there will be advanced vowel teams with unusual sounds that don't make sense (yet).

He remembers from Hooked on Phonics about silent "e". Common words like like, make, race he can sound out. HOP doesn't teach any (at least I don't remember them teaching) what happens to the "e" in making and racing. When I don't know the rule, I tell him we will have to wait and find out. If I've listened to the DVDs ahead of time, I go ahead and tell him if I know the rule.

When he is talking, and he hears a schwa, he questions me if he is correct.
He knows that the rotten letter "r" takes over the vowel sound sometimes, like in the word "over" so sometimes he can sound out "vowel r" words we haven't studied yet.

In any case when he has figured out a reading rule ahead of time, the lessons, when we got to it, will always clarify the spelling rule.

I have done a little bit of paired reading with Scott. He knows if I see a word we haven't covered in Barton it will be my turn to read the word and I just jump in. From the High Noon books I got the explorers series. We are s-l-o-w-l-y working through Magellan now with paired reading. The local library had "The Tug" and a few in that first series, but it was a little dry for Scott. I also got the great classics series with Swiss Family Robinson in it and a Earth series with Desert in it. We haven't done anything with these other two series yet, but just have it for when he is ready.

Scott also likes learning about the Holocaust. I ordered the Barton stand-alone book based on the Holocaust. That is the only stand alone book I've ordered for now. If it seems beneficial to him, I can later review the other titles. It seems like other reading opportunities will be opening and he won't be limited to stand-alone books. As far as Scott's Holocaust studies go he wants to read (have me read to him) all of William's 6th and 7th grade Hebrew Class books to him this summer (what will be left to learn next year!!)

One Sunday in April, I sat in on his Hebrew School class. I saved the Holocaust handout that the class read Round Robin style (except they skip Scott). It looks like at the end of Level 4 he will be able to independently read it. I am excited to show him how far he has come by using something his 5th grade classmates read which he is familiar.

Scott has been able to explain his spelling rules to his brother and Uncle. His Uncle has a BS in English and the Barton approach is all new info to him. Likewise, there are many vocabulary words I look up for Scott within the lessons. There has been a few words he knew the definition and I never used the word before. This is a great opportunity to point out to Scott that no two people know exactly the same thing. Our goals, experiences, and purposes shape what we know and we don't have to compare our selves with anyone.


Becky R said...

I love when you can see that the kids have actually learned something. Makes me feel better anyway. LOL

Permission to Mother said...

I asked Scott what he would read next year if he/we read all of William's 6th, 7th grade texts this summer.
Without a hesitating, he said he would read the Rabbi's book! I love his intentions.

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