Shooting Sight Words ~ Learning to Read is FUN!

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Years ago when Krash was learning to read, my husband took over homeschool one day.  This was what I walked in and saw ~ shooting sight words with Nerf guns!

Shooting Sight Words with Nerf Gun! Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

Needless to say, this was a FAVORITE way to practice sight words for my son and we brought the idea back recently with my daughter who was reviewing her You Can Read sight words! She LOVED it and Krash helped her out and enjoyed being a part of the fun again.  He remembered doing this when he was younger!

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We just write the words she is reviewing in bubbles on a dry erase board.

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She uses the Nerf darts with the suction cups on the ends to shoot the word I call out! Simple, effective and FUN!  Lots of giggles too!

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See a video clip of us playing here on YouTube, or the shorter version here on Instagram! In the longer video below you’ll see we switched to sentences instead of bubbles in the end.  This is another variation of making the game work in different ways.

See more Word Play ideas here!

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You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar Extra

You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar

I am preparing to use You Can Read with my daughter and my brain is spinning again! I recently made a new sight word caterpillar and I have a couple more “extras” coming which are free for those of you who own the You Can Read BundleThe extras are added to your private download page! If you have the bundle & lost your private page link and password, just email me and give me your information {PayPal email if you purchased, or any other info I would need}. I can resend your login info if necessary.

First, we have a new You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar.  Sight Word Caterpillars are a popular way to display sight words that kids are working on, you can see them on a lot of blogs and in classrooms.  This caterpillar has all of the You Can Read words in order, to make it easier to use alongside of the program. I needed a new one since I lost many of the circles from Krash’s caterpillar!

As Ladybug goes through the units, we will slowly build our word caterpillar and use it for easy review each week! The first 4 YCR words are shown below…

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Not using You Can Read, but want a caterpillar for free that you can print?  Here’s one you can download from Confessions of a Homeschooler! Or, here’s a blank one I saw, you could write your own words on!

See more about the You Can Read Bundle here!

See ALL of the EXTRAS only in the You Can Read Bundle here!

I have more You Can Read goodness coming your way, stay tuned!

All About Reading Level 2 Review

All About Reading Level 2 Review

{Disclaimer ~ The product being reviewed, All About Reading Level 2, was given to me free of charge for my honest opinion. Affiliate links are used thanks for your support}

If you have been around my blog for long you probably know that we use All About Learning Press curriculum for reading and spelling.  We purchased All About Spelling Level 1 years ago when my oldest son was struggling with spelling.  We then formed a relationship with All About Learning Press and have been reviewing and using All About Reading also.  We are currently using All About Reading Pre with Ladybug, we completed All About Reading Level 1 with Krash, and are now midway through All About Reading Level 2 with Krash, who is in 2nd grade.  We have been given these programs to review and I am very thankful for that.

We were using All About Reading to supplement his box curriculum since I feel All About Reading is stronger. Recently I made the decision to totally stop using the phonics and spelling portions of our box curriculum and  to use All About Reading and Spelling Level 2 exclusively for Krash.

Here’s a post I wrote last year sharing how these curriculums really helped Krash get over a hump in 1st grade…Homeschool Reading

Why I love All About Reading Level 2

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  • easy prep done at the beginning of the year {or whenever you begin}
  • open and go, once initial prep work is done
  • lots of help so PARENTS understand the phonics rules also
  • wonderful extension of Level 1
  • unique and creative ways to reinforce concepts in a hands on way
  • my son likes it {the best reason}

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It took me awhile to learn this trick, but finally I developed a system to keep myself prepared and organized for each lesson.  For each lesson there are up to 3 different elements to have on hand in addition to the magnetic board with the letter tiles.  I found that I was getting a bit overwhelmed gathering materials {even though it is simple and straightforward I hate shuffling through papers every day}.  At the beginning of level 2 BEFORE we even began, I set up this new folder system.  I got folders for each lesson and loaded any word cards, tiles, fluency sheets, and any activity pages.  The blue bin is from the dollar section at Target.

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Below you can see the inside of the folder for lesson 13,  I already have the materials prepped and ready to go when we get to that lesson.

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Not sure which level is right for your child?  Look for this on their site here to download a free placement test.

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Curious to see samples?  Scroll down on that same page and look for this…

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Other things to consider ~

  • The bulk of the components are non-consumable {the Activity Book cannot be used again}. This means that you will be able to use the program with your younger children or resell the program when you are finished with it.
  • I really love the Go Ahead and Use It One-Year Guarantee’. You and your child have a full year to try out the program! If you find that the curriculum does not meet your needs, simply return the materials at any time within one year of purchase for a full refund of your purchase price {excluding shipping}.

A few of my online friends have also reviewed this program, you can see more from their blog linked below.  I know choosing a curriculum is sometimes difficult and it is definitely costly, I hope their reviews might be helpful to you also!


Be sure you peek at the All About Reading website to decide which level you are interested in, I will be hosting a giveaway for ANY All About Reading level very soon!

While you wait on my giveaway, here’s a $100 Giveaway from All About Learning Press!

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When it is time to switch…

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All 3 of my children learn differently.  Homeschooling gives me a unique advantage to tap into this and really learn how each one of them learns best.  It is a challenge for me, but one that I gladly accept!

Recently I noticed Krash begin to struggle and not pick up on some literacy skills presented in his Calvert 1st grade curriculum.  I used this same program with PacMan and he flew right through it all, still does for the most part.  Krash is a different story.  He is a smart child who is very able to learn, just needs to be taught a bit differently.  He is very active and doesn’t enjoy sitting for long, which wasn’t usually a big problem for Pac, nor is it for Ladybug.

We hit a lesson in Calvert that I dislike, as it introduces some phonics skills too early, too quickly, and unclearly.  I remembered the lesson with PacMan and although he struggled a bit too, he moved right on.  Krash hit a wall and began to get super frustrated and negative, so did I.  Instead of dragging it out, we made a change.  Since we are under a cyber school, I emailed and got permission to do it my way for awhile and then come back to Calvert when I felt he was ready.  We are blessed with an unbelievable support system, so it was totally fine with them.

I stopped ALL Calvert literacy the very next day, and only kept the math {which he flies through}.  I decided to use ONLY All About Reading Level 1 and Spelling Level 1. The first 2 days, he fought me, then things began to click.  He slowly stopped complaining about “board school” and seemed more and more eager to learn.

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What did we do exactly?

I did one lesson from All About Spelling 1 and All About Reading 1 every single day {5 days a week}.  Other than his math from Calvert, that’s all we did, for 3 weeks! When we started this blitz, he was on lesson 9 with spelling and lesson 32 in reading.  Prior to this we had been using these lessons about once a week as a supplement to his Calvert.

When did the change in attitude occur?

After a few days, he became more accepting of the idea and wasn’t giving me as much attitude. After about 2 weeks, I really began to notice the confidence boost, which is what I was aiming for!  Then one day, he said it, the words that I was praying to hear!

“Mom, I like reading now!”

My mouth dropped, as he has never expressed a positive feeling towards reading!  He does it, but has never liked it. 

Why do I think All About Reading/Spelling helped?

It is by far the most comprehensive program I have seen. It honestly teaches ME things I didn’t realize were spelling or phonics rules! The hands-on approach helps so much; the little games included, the letter tiles, the stories, and how it all ties together is just wonderful.

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What has happened since?

We do love Calvert, and are sticking with it as our main program and since it is a box curriculum, we use their literacy portions too.  I do love a lot about Calvert’s literacy, just the sequence of certain spelling and phonics rules rub me the wrong way! After the 3 weeks, we got right back into our Calvert and it was a totally different experience.  He felt so much more confident and was able to understand better because his attitude was better.

No, it hasn’t solved all of our problems, I still struggle with a few aspects of Calvert’s literacy program and feel it moves a bit too fast in 1st grade overall.  We will stick it out this year and then I will revaluate for next year, as I always do.  We are a one year at a time, one child at a time kind of family.  Calvert works beautifully for PacMan and seems to be a perfect fit for him.  Will it be for Krash in the long run? I am not sure!

What about All About Reading/Spelling now?

We are still using it, just not as frequently.  I am back on the once or twice a week format.  He completed AAS Level 1 and is up to lesson 46 with AAR 1, which is only 4 lessons from the end.  We have All About Reading Level 2 already and will begin using that soon!

Why both Calvert and All About Spelling/Reading?

Because I like portions of both.  I like the stories in Calvert, the sight word emphasis, the comprehension portions and a lot more.  I love the sequence and speed of All About Spelling/Reading much better than Calvert’s spelling or phonics.  I use both because they reinforce each other in totally different ways.  Krash needs reminders and using both allows this overlap a lot.  I initially added in All About Reading Level 1 so I could review it and provide feedback on my blog.  I continue to use it because I love it and it works.  You can see more about that in the FAQ portion of this post.

I Can Teach My Child to Read!

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Jenae from I Can Teach My Child has a new eBook out that I think MANY of you will just love!  I Can Teach My Child to Read is a mom’s guide to the basics that I have written about for years.  Jenae and I tend to think alike in terms of early childhood education, I read through her eBook and agreed whole heartedly, I found myself nodding in agreement throughout the whole thing!

If you are looking for some guidance in teaching your child to read, I highly suggest grabbing Jenae’s eBook!  The eBook is priced at an unbelievable

$1.99 through January 12, 2013!

then it will raise to it’s regular price of 3.99 {still an amazing deal}.

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Want the Kindle version?  You can grab that here for only 1.99 through Jan 12 also!