Pathway Readers question
Posted by: MomofBunbun Apr 5 2006, 05:54 PM
If you have used Pathway Readers, have you used the workbooks? What is in them reading comp questions or is it grammar or something else. Do I need the TE? What is in that?
I am torn between using Pathway Readers next year and LLATL. We will be doing 2nd grade but I also have a 1st grader (who is well on her way to finishing the 100 EZ Lessons before Sept). I was thinking FLL for grammar, A Reason for Spelling B, Handwriting W/O Tears and Pathway Readers as our LA curriculum because I feel that I could do that with both the 1st and 2nd grader on the same level. However, I'm still not sure about not doing LLATL. My feeling about that (LLATL) is that if I have to supplement anyway, I might just go with something else entirely. Any suggestions?
Posted by: Sharilyn Apr 5 2006, 09:36 PM
I didn't stick with the PR workbooks and wish I had.
The early books you could probably do without a TE but later you might want them. There's not much instruction with the TE, it's more of an answer key. After about 3rd grade we dropped the workbooks and just stuck to reading the books. My daughter loved them. I made the mistake though of letting her guide me in the fact she didnt' want (like) the workbooks and I dropped it. My mistake. Had we stuck with that I don't think there would have been a need for LLATL which is what we've been using this year. Inbetween PR and LLATL we used a couple years of A&O Lifepacs for LA.
Hope this helps some.
Posted by: wings Apr 5 2006, 09:45 PM
We really have enjoyed them. They are high on vocabulary and comprehension. They are simple and plain and straight to the point. Not our faith of course so we didn't use all the stories in the older grades but loved the common sense stories in the younger levels.
Posted by: Donna Apr 5 2006, 11:47 PM
I have the two teacher's books for: Building Our Lives and Living Together. I don't remember what grade level these are.
They are most definitely comprehension. Questions are asked some are fill in the blank and some require complete sentences. in some places the child is told to number sentences in the order that they happened in the story. From what I see by looking at them, words from the stories are also studied in a few ways... definitions, syllabications..etc... and in the book, which is probably for the older child, prefixes and suffixes are also covered.
I see no grammar.
Oh yes.. I forgot to say that the teacher's books that I have were necessary for the answers (makes checking work painless)..However, there are no details explaining things.. just answers. I can't speak for a 1st or 2nd grade one though. I don't know what is in them.
Posted by: Sherinova Apr 6 2006, 12:13 AM
Each chapter has 2 workbook pages. The 1st is 'Working With Words' to be done prior to the reading and covers the vocabulary. There are anywhere from 6-15 vocabulary words. The accompanying questions vary and here are a few examples:
A word that ends with "st".
A word that has a short "I".
A word that rhymes with Dad.
A word with two syllables.
Also on this page there may be a fill in the missing letters exercise, tell how many syllables in a word, or other fill in the blank sentences.
Then there is a 'Thinking About the Story' workbook page to be done after the reading. There is quite a variety of reading comp questions, ordering the events of the story, rewriting the sentences correctly.....
I would say grammar is implied at best. The questions may ask 'Which words are something a horse can do?' or 'Which of these words to not name someone?' and I'm only seeing these type of questions on the reviews. But it would be easy to add that in as you go along.
This is from the 1st grade level Days Go By and More Days Go By.
I hope the examples help.
Posted by: MomofBunbun Apr 6 2006, 10:09 AM
Thanks everyone, that helps.
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