Thursday, December 13, 2018

Grade Levels & OPGTR

These are approximations of when you have finished each grade level phonics at what lesson in "The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading".  I found these online several years ago and don't remember exactly where but sharing them on here as a reference:

  • Around Lesson 60, you have taught all of the requirements of Kindergarten
  • Start 1st grade lesson material around Lesson 61
  • Start 2nd grade lesson material around Lesson 120
  • End of the book ends with 4th grade level words

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Guide to Readers & OPGTR

Here is a PDF download on my Scribd page of the guide of when your child can read what readers while using The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, enjoy!

*The Sizzy Books or Fun Phonics, are free online, see my post on that here.

https://www.scribd.com/document/395558580/Guide-to-Readers-OPGTR

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

When to Start Penmanship, Spelling & Grammar

Typically, you would start reading lessons first with The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.  However, with my son, he was already writing letters and numbers before I could even teach him penmanship, much less reading!  Having a gifted son has taught me a lot - the rules don't always apply to him!

I did lay off teaching spelling and grammar until his reading is at a certain level, but he's already started asking how to spell certain words, as he likes to write everything now.  I will see how long I can hold him off from these next steps but here is the general "normal" starting times for these subjects along with the OPGTR.

  • By Lesson 115 of the OPGTR, you can start penmanship and spelling
  • After Lesson 181, the child is ready for copywork (and lesson 42 in FLL1)
  • You can start First Language Lessons 1 after Lesson 140 of the OPGTR, but make sure you don't start lesson 42 in FLL1 until you've reached Lesson 181 in OPGTR.

These are the guidelines that were listed in an FAQ that is on longer available online but I will be putting the PDF in a post coming soon or you can email me if you would like it now.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Free Sizzy Fun Phonics Readers!

There used to be a list of what phonics readers go along with each section in The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.  However, I couldn't find it online but you can download my PDF of it here.  On the list, they had Sizzy Fun Phonics readers and when I first went through the OPGTR with my daughter in 2009, we couldn't find those at our library, so we used the Modern Curriculum Press readers.  Now, with my son, we can't find the MCP readers, so I went looking for the others and that is when I found that you can download ALL of the Sizzy Fun Phonics readers for free!

http://funphonics.com/index.php/books/downloads


You can download each book here or click this link to download ALL of the books in a zip file, enjoy!