Precarious Lives With A Strong Foundation
Half these kids are no longer in our Rocket Phonics program. (I tutor for free because I’ve not found another reading program that can bring kids up to grade level in reading in weeks when they are years behind. It will literally save their life to read at grade level.) The half that remain are all above grade level so I’m having them read what they enjoy. As an added bonus the new words they write in a special notebook which become their spelling words for the week.
The three on the left and the boy in green are all reading different materials. Ziya reads Junie B Jones. Leo reads the newspaper! Kevin reads The School From the Black Lagoon. Eli is still in Rocket Phonics, but that is just because I have yet to find his joy – a book that is fun for him to read.
Why do I use outside books? Rocket Phonics will always stretch the young reader. It is just as important for a young reader to relax while reading. Just for fun. It grows their vocabulary and captures their heart and imagination. I may start a book club. I want them to talk to the other kids about their books. This talking accelerates comprehension and enjoyment.