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New_England_Girl July 23rd, 2011 07:30 AM

Explode the Code Users
When you use Explode the Code, do you do an entire 'lesson' in one sitting or just a page or two? The lessons are like 6-7 pages long and I'm pretty sure we won't be doing that much at one time :p

I will be using ETC as a supplement to Adventures In Phonics and was thinking of doing a page a day, front and back. Does that sound reasonable?

Miguels mommy July 23rd, 2011 03:25 PM

Re: Explode the Code Users
I think it really depends how you use it and if it's review. Our rule was a minimum of 1 pg front and back but he was able to do as much as he wanted.

BensMom July 23rd, 2011 06:42 PM

Re: Explode the Code Users
It depends. When I did it with Ben, he already knew how to read. I was using it to fill in the gaps, because he'd never been taught formal phonics before. We'd do the review lesson first just to see if there was anything he consistently missed, and then we'd go back and do that lesson. Once he got it, he got it. No point doing every.single.exercise in a lesson, ya' know? Besides that, he was 3 when we went through the series, so he couldn't write yet. Sometimes he'd circle the pictures, but otherwise, I did all the writing. The pages I really cared about were the ones at the ends of lessons where he read a sentence and answered yes/no (because they were really funny, and it helped with flow of reading). Sometimes we'd do 3-4 lessons in a sitting that way. We usually just did a lesson per day, though. Most people use them as a lesson per week and go through the series in about 4 years. That's soooo not our style, though. If I were teaching a 6 year old who didn't already know how to read, then yes, we'd go through every page and spend about a week each, including all the writing.

in_mommy July 28th, 2011 05:58 AM

Re: Explode the Code Users
With Sarah I am doing Book A right now and depending on how much she feels like doing, we just do a few pages a day.

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