Our Resources for Reading & Literature

Reading and literature resources at aspiredliving

Here is a peek at what a large homeschool family uses for reading & literature in a simplified classical homeschool model with a Charlotte Mason twist. During the formative years of our homeschool we really focus on creating strong readers. This is especially important since we have a large family and as they grow older it is my goal to create independent learners. Then as they become component readers we hope to instill a love of reading.
Reading & Literature

Reading Resources

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons– I have taught all of our children how to read with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons . When our kiddos have finished it and were reading above grade level upon completing the book.

Adventures In Phonics Level B – We have used a variety of phonics workbooks with different results but I finally settled on Adventures in Phonics because of it strong Christian bend and it requires them to think.

* BASIC SIGHT WORDS FLASH CARDS– We do sight words with our children as soon as I determine they are ready to work through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

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How I store our Learning to Read materials in between children

Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers – We start reading Bob books about 25 lessons into the 100 lessons so the children do not become dependent on the simplified decoding process that it uses.

Reading Games– When you are teaching reading having fun can relase some of the stress you may feel while dealing with a small child who still doesn’t remember what a says. Just sayin’ …here are some of our favorite games Ravensburger Alphabet Zoop – Children’s Game (super fun),  Alphabet Bingo Games &Trend Enterprises Sight Words Bingo Flash Cards.

 

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Literature Resources

I really dislike Novel Study guides, perhaps it’s the inner Charlotte Mason Educator in me, but I have found my children have not grown to love reading & literature while using them either. So I was desperate for a discussion based literature guide and I found that in , Teaching the Classics from the Center for Lit. 

Teaching the Classics: A Strategic Method for Literary Education Book and DVD
– Teaches you how to use the Socratic Method to discuss literature with your children. It is by far he best resource I’ve seen for facilitating discussions. After I finished the video series I was well prepared to discuss literature using the Socratic Method with my children.

So what do you use to teach Reading & Literature?
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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

7 thoughts on “Our Resources for Reading & Literature

  1. It’s funny you talked about this today because I was just thinking about Teaching the Classics last night! I had a question about it, so this is perfect =) So, at first I heard people talking about Teaching the Classics referring to it as a book, but then I saw on the website how it is a DVD with a workbook. Do you know if there is an actual book, or would those people have just been referring to the workbook? If that is the case, do you need the DVDs, or is the workbook good on its own? (I just ask because I know that some people have referred to loving the book, without mentioning any DVDs.) I thought maybe you could clear up my confusion =)

    1. The DVD and the workbook go together it’s a video course. It teaches you how to apply the Socratic method to your literature studies (and really anything you are reading). They have other books that guide you through the Socratic method, Reading Roadmaps, but these books don’t teach you how to apply it to any book you are reading with your child. They are specifically for certain books only.

  2. I absolutely LOVE Teaching the Classics! I have been using it for about two years, and it has changed the dynamics of how we read independently and as a family. I even started a book club for ages 8-12 and co-lead one for ages 13-17 using this method. It is an excellent way to open discussion about literature above reading comprehension.

    1. I would love to hear about how your run your book club. That is something I have considered doing but until Teaching the Classics I was kind of at a loss as far as how to question them. But not any longer. Thanks for Stopping by Suzanne! 😀

  3. Great post! We simplified our “learning to read” curriculum down to the Dick and Jane books, Sight Word Bingo and the “Sunken Treasures” Beginning Blends Phonics Game. I love that we have so many resources available! Each mother can teach what she feels will bless her family. No cookie cutter curriculums are necessary in our little schoolhouses 🙂

    I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to link up all your helpful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays each week. It is a real blessing to us!

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