Thursday, January 20, 2011

What we use for Reading

It has been a while since I talked about DD's reading (she's 5).  We are still working our way through EPS Primary Phonics Storybooks. I can't recommend this set of readers highly enough!  I have found them absolutely perfect after the Bob Books.  Each book (like the purple one at the left and the one straight below it) is 16 pages long and the story is reasonably good.  DD reads a new one each day -- we're up to Level 5 now.  Luckily I bought them used from another homeschooler, but knowing how well they've worked for my son and daughter I would have bought them new.

She also just started the Little Critter reading book which has a new installment of an ongoing-story on each page.  DD likes this, though it is still quite challenging for her.  LD also used this after the Primary Phonics Storybooks and it kept his interest enough that we finished the entire book (though of course sprinkled in other things as well over the course of time.)

Another resource we use for DD are the little mini-books from My First Little Readers. I like these because of the repetition.  They are not phonics based, but work through repetition. Here's an example of the first three pages of one: 1) Get out of bed. Hurry up! Hurry up! 2) Brush my teeth. Hurry up! Hurry up! 3) Get dressed Hurry up! Hurry up! (7 pages total)

The booklets tear out of the workbook and you staple them together.


  1. Appreciate the reading recommendations. My 5yo is almost finished with the BOB books, and beginning the SSRW books, but I'd like some fun filler books just to change things up occasionally!

  2. Thanks for recommending the "my first little readers" books. They are on sale at scholastic right now as an ebook for $1. I think I may just have to purchase them, with your high recommendation!