What I received: Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting Bundle -Print & eBook Bundle. You can also purchase on the print or only the eBook as well.
This is something I wish I had started all six of my kids with. Maybe they'd have beautiful handwriting as teenagers!
At the beginning of the book there is a suggested schedule for:
- Young students and/or learning challenges
- School age students who is not yet reading
- school age students who is already reading
The program includes 60 lesson the first lessons start with the alphabet. If you are using this with an older child you can skip this chapter for reading. The alphabet pages are great for older students to practice the italic font.
For younger children and struggling readers you will (not all on the same day):
- Review (5 minutes, this is daily for all students young and old)
- Sound Out
For example if you have a child just beginning your schedule may look like this:
- Monday: review, introduce, trace
- Tuesday: review, sound out, read, copy
- Wednesday: review, introduce, trace
- Thursday: review, sound out, read, copy
- Friday: review, read, practice
And again, this is a suggested schedule, so go slower if needed or speed up.
After the first chapter which had your child go over the alphabet, chapter two will start with short vowel.
Now looking back, I wish I hadn't used some programs that did overkill phonics with my children. I wish I had the wisdom to just stop and trust myself. (My little tidbit of experience at no extra charge, hehe).
Throughout the book there's silly sentences which makes it more fun. With my Aspie (shows signs of Asperger's Syndrome but hasn't been tested) he liked these sentences. At first he didn't understand them and told me they don't make sense. I explained that they are silly sentences so he enjoys them now.
The majority of English words -about 87-97% sound the way they are spelled. There is the 10 that don't ~what we call the exception to the phonics "rules". Out of that 10% only 6% of the most commonly used words are the "exceptions" to the rules. These exception to the rules words like "said" are few in numbers and are covered in this program.
The "exception" words are in a box at the bottom of the page. For example Lesson 3 - Short e lessons, at the bottom of the page there is a 'box' that says, "Other words with shore e sound: said, says, been, again.
Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting explains how to pronounce the sounds for example in lesson 28 "When ea is like ee" it says, "In a lot of words when 'ea' is present, the letter 'a' has to be silent and let the letter 'e' say its name" then in lesson 30 'ea' comes up again with the other sounds it makes.
What I really appreciate about this program is the simplicity of use. It's all in one book. The original purchaser has permission to copy the blank lined pages too (only). I love that Janice Campbell has the bundle option available on her site because I like to hold a physical book. Having the eBook allows me to make additional copies.
See my video of Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting below!