Today's review is one for Miss Katie! We recently received a package of learn to read materials from Blue Manor Education.
They sent us their their 173 page softcover phonics book, their early readers levels 1 and 2, and Manners, Leadership & Logic. The hefty phonics book and the readers are available individually, or sold as a set for $35.99. They are also available in ebook version, for $19.99.
The Phonics book contains 120 lessons. Most of the lessons are a single page, making this a totally painless program. It lives up to it's claim, "5 minute phonics!"
Katie started the program already knowing her letter names and letter sounds, so the first few lessons were review for her, which made for a great introduction. Learning to read should be fun, not stressful.
With these simple but progressive lessons, she's now sounding out words.
Once your child has done the first 21 lessons, they should be able to read all the stories in the Level 1 reader. And once they have finished lessons 22 through 45, they should be able to read the stories in the Level 2 readers.
The Level 1 and Level 2 readers have pictures, whereas the phonics book deliberately omits pictures so that kids learn to read the words without the "hints" of what pictures are on the page. This actually makes a lot of sense to me, as I've watched many of my kids guess what the words were, based on the picture clues over the years.
The Manners, Leadership & Logic book contains 3 stories with the Blue Manor characters. In reading these to the girls, I found the Logic one particularly pointed in light of some of the debates I see on Facebook these days.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced, thorough curriculum for teaching reading to your preschool or kindergarten aged child, check out Blue Manor. In addition to the Blue Manor website, you can also connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.
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