Adventures in Homeschooling in Southern Indiana

Monday, January 5, 2009

Phonics with the Professor

So my eldest and I started on Professor Phonics today.

Pros: Does a good job of introducing phonemes. Builds gradually. You can do it in 15 minute nuggets, so kids don't get to frustrated.

Cons: My daughter is too much like me. She knows the sounds. She'll gamely sound out one word at a time. But if you give her a whole sentence, she glances and guesses something that makes sense. After all, it's MUCH faster to make something up then to bother sounding it out! (she looks at the last two letters, guesses, and if she's wrong, she guesses another word that rhymes with the first...)

ARGH. Hopefully we can break habits like this BEFORE she gets to Latin and Greek! On the other hand, her willingness to look at word ENDINGS bodes well........

Anyway, we're going to shoot for 10-15 minutes a day at this point. Because she really, REALLY wants to be able to read the "Magic Tree House" books whenever she wants.....

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