Teaching Reading a la MoDG

in 100EZ, 1GRD, 2GRD, By Book, By Grade, By Subject, KGRD, Phonics/Reading

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pexels-photo-267684When I started homeschooling, I’d taught lots of college math and science. I had no idea how people learned to read.  This was compounded by the fact that MoDG lesson plans are written for a VETERAN. So, here’s quick list of what you need to know.

  • Use 100EZ or another phonics-based reading curriculum.
    • Do the activities ~10 min day.
    • Don’t skip days just because the child is “ahead”.
    • Don’t let him work too long unless it’s your last assignment of the day.
    • At some point, reading stops being fun. “Cause I said so” will come. Don’t switch curriculum.
  • When the syllabus says “read an easy reader”, it means TEAM READING.
    • Pick something that the child will know at least ½ the words.
    • For words with advanced phonograms (“sight words”), just tell him what it is and remark that he’ll learn it later. He’ll likely memorize it just from the repetition with you.
    • If you run into new sounds that aren’t out of reach, but not yet taught, tell him what it is, sound out the word, and move on. For example, Bob Books introduce short e in the first few books. 100EZ doesn’t until Lesson 52. Short e isn’t hard. Tell him what it is. Prompt him along.
  • Little kids struggle with the writing component of most reading programs. 
    • As long as you’re doing the handwriting assignments in the syllabus, don’t force this.
    • Substitute sticky notes for the writing portion. We want to practice READING.
    • For “write the letter next to the pictures that start with ___” we often use star stickers.


We use Little Angel Readers, btw. Same idea though with any other program.

Here’s my basic K-2 plan

  • Take your time in KGRD.
  • Get serious in 1st.
  • Continue to Team Read daily that summer.
  • Read alone daily on grade level by the middle of 2nd.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel May July 26, 2017

Mine still have to read aloud at 2nd so we use Seton readers for ease. Here was my rookie mistake…I didn’t teach my kids “vowels” and “consonants”. The confusion I created…sigh. I love the sticky note idea!


2 admin August 4, 2017

I think I did that too at one point. Sigh.


3 admin July 25, 2017

Molly, THANK YOU! It’s so good to know I’m not just talking to myself!


4 Kristin July 23, 2017

Your 4 bullet points are spot-on!! Especially the last one. It’s so tempting (especially with the oldest) to switch because they don’t love it everyday. It’s a slippery slope if they expect to be entertained by every book/program you choose. Sometimes plain and simple is the best!


5 admin July 25, 2017

I switched SO MANY TIMES with my first batch!


6 Molly July 21, 2017

I’m printing out the Read Aloud list for summer reading post-GRD1. Love the basic K-2 plan. Love the to-the-point info. And we still LOVE LOVE LOVE “Guess Who, Haiku?”

Deanna, your posts are such treasures. I’ve started saving documents in our homeschooling e-files, modifying titles to include “Caswell” for easy finding (and appropriate quasi-citation). I recently hit the “Welcome to GRD7″ links and pulled out timeline helps, maps, read aloud times, etc., saving downloads and printing. Seriously, I offer prayers in thanksgiving for the intellectual property you share, and for your intentions. THANK YOU!


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