The other exciting thing is..... our phonics prgram arrived in the mail yesterday! I was so excited to open it. I'd like to confess that as a child I loved school! My favorite thing every fall was to buy new school supplies. Nothing like the smell of fresh paper and pencils! So I was dizzy with excitement to open a box with a DVD, a workbook, and several small readers. Time for the big reveal. Our purchase was the Hooked on Phonics- Learn to Read- Kindergarten. I got it for a GREAT price at HSN.com. It comes with Level 1 and Level 2. I haven't opened Level 2 yet, but Level 1 has 16 lessons in it. Each lesson takes about 20 minutes. Each one begins with a short video section on the DVD, then you do about 4 pages in the workbook (these are all reading, no writing so it is totally reusable!!!). At the end of each lesson, the child gets a sticker in the workbook (stickers are included too!). After about 3 lessons, there is a reader for them to read! A was thrilled! We did lesson 1 yesterday and lesson 2 today. We will probably space a day between from now on, but it began with -at words and today were -an words. We had already been working on those so she zoomed through them! I felt like these were spaced well to work within her level. There are of course subsequent grade levels to buy as long as the program is suiting her. I also feel like they are quick and simple so I hope that E will be able to use them in a few years too.
Now I just have to pick a math program for the fall, and we will be good to go!