29 June 2010

Shoebox Phonics

It's been a while since I've talked about homeschooling, but we're on summer break, ya know?:) I have had a few things I've been wanting to share with you though and Shoebox Phonics is one of them.

The concept given in the book is to create shoebox *learning centers* for different aspects of learning phonics. One of the moms in our homeschool group taught a class from this book during our Spring co-op session and Mr. B just loved it. Of course, he absolutely loves anything that's a *craft*, so this was right up his alley. Each week the students got to create their own phonics game or activity in a shoebox to bring home. Each shoebox was very unique and fun. We enjoyed using them over again with Mr. B's phonics lessons at home. If you're looking for something to liven up phonics with your child, this book would be a great investment for you!

Here are a few of our boxes:

1. *Button Up With Words* was created by gluing each letter of the alphabet on buttons and then using them to create words.

2. *Letters For Lunch* involved the different sounds of the letters *s* and *c*. They used play food to make "lunches" of foods beginning with the same sounds.

3. *Short Vowel Bee Buzz* was probably my favorite. We used it a lot while learning the different vowel sounds.

So there you are, just a fun, informal *review*.

If you homeschool, are you schooling through the summer or do you take a break?



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The Children Learning Reading program works so well that many children will achieve reading ages far ahead of their chronological age.

Take Jim & Elena's children as an example: their oldest child, Raine, was reading phonetically at 2 years 11 months old, and by the time she entered kindergarten at 5 years old, she was reading at a grade 5 level with a reading age of 11.9 years - almost 7 years ahead of her chronological age. Their second child, Ethan, learned to read phonetically by 2 years 9 months, and at age 3, he was reading at a grade 2 level with a reading age of 7.2 years - progressing at a similarly quick pace as his older sister. Find that hard to believe? You can watch the videos posted here.

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