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June 26th, 2009, 01:24 PM
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Hello! I am Jessica. I an NOT homeschooling, but will if I don't like Kindergarten as much as I did her Pre-K program.

However, what I am looking to do this summer is help my 5 year old daughter learn to read. She is ready, always asking what things say, trying to read. She WANTS to learn as well. So, I thought I would see what you lovely ladies recommend for ways to help? She is my oldest, so I am clueless on how to teach her. I would prefer a phonics program, b/c I think this would be easier? But, maybe not. I wouldn't mind buying a program for her, but it would have to be inexpensive, as we don't have alot of money. Thanks, ladies!!
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June 26th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Learn to Read at Starfall - teaching comprehension and phonics is free! You can go through all the letters first which teaches them the sounds and how to put little words together. After that you can move to the little stories about Zac the Rat, etc. The stories begin with short vowels then move on to long vowels. This is what I use for my boys. Hope this helps!
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Hello and welcome to the group! I don't have anything to offer but I wanted to thank Erin for the link to starfall, I'm sure its been posted before but this is the first time I've follwed the link and I love it!!
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June 26th, 2009, 09:22 PM
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Starfall is great!
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June 26th, 2009, 10:12 PM
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You may want to also look at explode the code books.
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The LeapFrog Letter Factory and Word Factory videos helped my oldest son immensely and my almost 3 year old has learned to read some from them without my intending him to.
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June 27th, 2009, 07:06 AM
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Thank you, thank you, thank you all!! I will look into that link and the videos! I appreciate all your help!
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June 27th, 2009, 11:05 AM
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We use time4learning.com for our main curriculum but a lot of people use it that are not homeschoolers. It is not free but it is the best thing I have found for getting your kids reading. Brandon is reading and we really didn't work with him much. We just let him get on there and do the lessons. I have tried a lot of the things the other gals suggested and my kids still struggled with reading until we started using time4learning. I love it.

I also think Explode the Code is a good program.
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