(Thanks to my awesome hubby for taking these photos for us!)
Another area we’d been struggling in was word families and rhyming. We had some worksheets and activities, but weren’t really getting anywhere. At one point earlier in the year, here was our conversation:
Me: Which 2 words rhyme– dog, fog, red?
My child: Blue
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But after a single lesson playing the game with Ziggy the Zebra, both of my children understood the concept of rhyming. Just like that. It clicked, and they got it. I’m not saying it’s a miracle worker, but it did offer the fresh approach that we needed.
Here we are, playing with Ziggy the Zebra. Love that smile on my 5 year old’s face :)
And, yes, we homeschool in our PJ’s sometimes.
And singing the ABC song. This is supposed to be on the wall, but due to our limited space, I just hold it up. I’m embarrassed to say that it never even occurred to me to get out an alphabet chart and point to the corresponding letter as we sing the song. We’d just sing and dance instead. But, even something as simple as that has helped so much in making those connections!
Playing one of the rhyming games. Whoever doesn’t rhyme has to get out of the wagon. We always say “Get out of here ____, because you don’t rhyme.” The boys love it.
Finally, the program includes books of stories and rhymes. Each lesson includes a story, and then the boys get to pick out that day’s letter from the text.
FREE Resources & Printables
Visit the website to learn more about the Pre-Reading Curriculum, including free sample downloads, etc. While you’re there, be sure to check out all their great free resources, including Free Downloads, free placement tests (go about 1/3 down the page) , a FREE reading activity bundle, great articles, and dyslexia resources.
Click the image below to access the free Reading Activity Bundle.
This program is very easy to use with multiple children. There is a consumable activity book, but you can add-on an extra one for $16.95, (the “student kit” for $24.95 also includes additional picture cards and sound cards, but we didn’t find a need for 2 sets of those, and you can print an extra progress chart for free). This was perfect for my boys who are basically learning the same thing right now, despite their age difference.
Finally, I have to add–I know many of my readers aren’t homeschoolers. But, I also know that many of you have children who are ineligible for pre-school programs. This is a great, affordable way to make sure your child starts kindergarten on level footing with his/her peers.
PS– All About Learning Press offers a 100% money-back guaranty, so if you aren’t completely satisfied with the program, you have nothing to lose.