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 of our 100 Easy Lessons supplementals.   We have been creating phonics packets 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 321 page bundle!  Whew!

To be honest, I wasn't sure I would be able to fit 321 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 three hundred and twenty-one pages for $18.00.  Yay!  (I love price breaks!)

Here's the link at our store:  "After Five to After Fifty" Phonics Bundle.

Just an update to this post:  Another question we have been asked is, "Are you doing the rest of the supplements?"

The answer is, "Yes!  They're in process."  So far, we have finished these little packets all the way up through Lesson 70.  I'm trying to get the others completed in the summer in order to have another Bundle (After 55 through 100) available for purchase by the beginning of the next school year.

As is usually the case, I'm learning more as I go and feel like I have upped my graphics game since I first started these packets.  (Turns out you can do a lot with a mixture of photos and artwork!)

supplemental worksheet for "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons"
Additionally, the more letters and sounds we have to work with (as in this worksheet from the After Seventy Packet), the more you can do with these sounds.

I'm excited to dive in and get more completed!  Keep track of each of our newest products as they come by clicking the green star on our TpT store page

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.

We laminated most of our worksheets, 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.  This one below is a fun little sheep we call "Sam the Ram".

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 have been working away at these supplementary lessons for "Teach your Child to Read" and now offer a full bundle of these supplementary worksheets.  The bundle covers the lessons all the way up through Lesson 50.  Check out this Cost-saving Bundle here.

One of the neat changes I have begun to incorporate in these newer packets is a new style of graphics, using photos with my hand drawn images.  I think they look so much more fun and engaging this way!  Perhaps a little more modern, too.  See what you think:

Why does the picture in this worksheet make me giggle each time I see it?  Probably because I still work with children each day, and I can imagine them giggling over it, too.  :)  For all our supplement packets, check out this specific store link!

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, 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!