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Teachers.Net Gazette ^ | April 2003 | Cheryl Sigmon

Posted on 04/04/2003 3:59:08 PM PST by lainie

I'm currently trying to find out-of-print texts which are described to me as good sight readers for Grade 1 (and having no luck), but I found this website and thought I'd share the tidbit.

It's a teacher's website, and this column was written on my subject (loosely), and you know, I read about half of it because it's quite boring, then I asked myself, 'well, who is this woman of such authority?' Here's the answer at the bottom:

Grant Support: If your school is submitting a grant, I'll be happy to submit a letter to support your training. Often, grant readers are impressed that you've secured someone with credentials to assist with training and implementation. Contact me at cmsigmon@aol.com if I can help you.

Training Opportunities:

Below are seminars that I have coming up in the future. The fall schedule will soon be posted. Hope to see you at one!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Free Republic; US: California
KEYWORDS: govtschool; homeschool; homeschoollist; retailschool; sexularschool
She sounds willing to sign off on anyone's grant request -- apparently sight unseen.. as long as you sign up for her workshops. I have no clue what a "Four Blocks" school might be.

She also recommends a book written by someone she saw on the Today show.

1 posted on 04/04/2003 3:59:08 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
How do we ask for "homeschool" to become a choosable topic?
2 posted on 04/04/2003 3:59:54 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
"Four Blocks" is teacher-speak for a certain educational approach, which my daughter (a 4th grade teacher) calls a dismal failure.

Some people will sign on to anything for a lucrative consuting contract. Look at all those retired generals on TV.

3 posted on 04/04/2003 4:02:25 PM PST by bcoffey (When Paula Zahn left FNC for CNN, the average IQ of both organizations soared)
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To: lainie
What readers are you looking for?
4 posted on 04/04/2003 4:02:36 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: bcoffey
You're absolutely right. I suppose it's prejudicial but something told me "Four Blocks" couldn't possibly be a stellar public school achievement process.
5 posted on 04/04/2003 4:06:04 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
NJ just changed the minimum GPA to get a teaching license from 2.75 to 2.5...guess they felt the 2.75ers were too bright!
6 posted on 04/04/2003 4:09:49 PM PST by Ed_in_NJ
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To: Slyfox
I have a book that combines the merits of phonic and sight reading, saying all these pooh-poohers who strictly adhere to phonic teaching ignore the fact that not all English is phonetic.

Anyway, I have six publishers (certain years only), a Seventh-Day Adventist publisher, and an Amish set of readers. I found and purchased the Amish set because they're based on farm life and character building (and they were very cheap). I'll go ahead and post the series I'm searching for, on the off chance that freepers have sources.

Economy Reading Series (1975)
HBJ Reading Program (1979)
Holt Basic Reading System (1977)
Macmillan Reading Series (1970 or 1983)
Scott Foresman Basic Readers (1956)
Ginn Reading 720 (1976)
7 posted on 04/04/2003 4:12:13 PM PST by lainie
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To: *Homeschool_list; 2Jedismom; homeschool mama; BallandPowder; ffrancone; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; ...
ping.
8 posted on 04/04/2003 4:12:53 PM PST by TxBec (Tag! You're it!)
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To: TxBec
Thank you! I was just about to ping you but you found me first.
9 posted on 04/04/2003 4:20:15 PM PST by lainie
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To: Ed_in_NJ
From the same website: We're Still Leaving Teachers Behind

"No matter how many hundred of millions of dollars are spent, school reform initiatives will continue to produce unsatisfying results until we unflinchingly address the critical problem of teacher quality.

"Successful education reform depends on transforming teaching from an isolated, freelance culture into an open, collaborative culture that fosters professional excellence and accountability. To turn teaching into a professional career would require offering teachers a multi-level career path that rewards advanced experience and expertise with higher levels of pay, responsibility, supervision, and team management."

Funny, an "isolated, freelance culture" is exactly how I describe our home's solution to the problem I Can't Send My Kids to L.A. County Public Schools. :) Not professional advancement and added bureaucracy for NEA members. Criminy.

10 posted on 04/04/2003 4:33:02 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
You might try Powell books in OR. They have a website. Also, thebackpack.com or any of the rare/used book websites. Some really good readers are the Bob books and the Let's Read set from Educator's Publishing Service.
11 posted on 04/04/2003 4:35:47 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: lainie
A Beka (Christian homeschool curriculum publisher in Pensacola, FL) has books that are very traditional and combine sight reading & phonics.
12 posted on 04/04/2003 4:53:02 PM PST by valkyrieanne
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To: lainie
Both phonics and word-recognition are OK. I 'taught' my two daughters to read by reading to them on my knee so they could follow the words above my finger as I read.

One of them clearly 'taught herself' by word recognition and the other clearly used phonetics. The first acquired a bigger vocabulary quickly, but the second one was better able to handle new words seen for the first time.

13 posted on 04/04/2003 5:08:23 PM PST by expatpat
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Really. I've read stories about that sort of thing.. one child will teach himself to read over Sunday comics, and the other one will sound out every word. Did their reading comprehension differ as they developed?
14 posted on 04/04/2003 6:02:46 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
My son started school while we were living in the Cayman Islands.

They taught phonics, but also sight reading.

I think the sight reading text they used was called "Ladybird" books. They were printed in England. Anyway, the readers were numbered and each book in the series added more vocabulary. He really liked the stories.

When we came back to the states I started homeschooling. This was many years ago, he a teenager now, so I don't know if those books are still in print.

15 posted on 04/04/2003 6:02:52 PM PST by dawn53
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To: lainie
Hi Lainie,

Have you heard of something called the "McGuffey" set of readers? They were an alternate set of readers we used in conjunction with our usual reading book.

I remember how in third grade (1983) we thought they were REALLY ADVANCED readers, because they had fancy new words like "vivid" and "effloresce."

In retrospect I get the feeling that those books were the real deal, and everything we have now is an incredibly dumbed down version of the McGuffies.

BamaGirl

16 posted on 04/04/2003 6:27:39 PM PST by BamaGirl
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To: lainie
Not that I noticed. They both have baby boys now; it will be interesting to see how these two read.
17 posted on 04/04/2003 6:46:46 PM PST by expatpat
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To: lainie
"Sing, Spell Read Write" for grade (1), We used McGuffy Readers (outstanding) and a good phonics program.
18 posted on 04/04/2003 7:04:29 PM PST by goodseedhomeschool
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To: BamaGirl
We love McGuffy, both old and new versions.
I especially like the set with Open Roads, etc, and they are easy to find on ebay for inexpensive bids.
19 posted on 04/05/2003 1:41:40 AM PST by MarMema
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To: Slyfox
Thank you -- I'm going to search for those.
20 posted on 04/05/2003 8:15:03 AM PST by lainie
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To: BamaGirl; MarMema; goodseedhomeschool
The McGuffey readers that I've found so far are public-domain texts from 1879. Is that what you're talking about?
21 posted on 04/05/2003 8:17:08 AM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
I'm sorry, i just wanted to let you know the readers I like. Yes, the are from the 1800's. They are wonderful. Every lesson has a moral value and it is a great phonic source. I am partial to the "Eclectic Readers".. I bought a nice hardbound set with readers first-fourth, and the spellers and sight book too. We used these early in our schooling.
22 posted on 04/05/2003 8:38:44 AM PST by goodseedhomeschool
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To: BamaGirl
We just loved McGuffy Readers. LOL, I too remember my son reading the fourth reader (thinking it was for grade 4), and saying, "Mom, these are some tough words". I am glad he used these now, because his vocabulary is outstanding for a 13 year old.
23 posted on 04/05/2003 8:44:07 AM PST by goodseedhomeschool
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To: lainie
Here's a site that offers out-of-print children's books:

http://www.alibris.com/subjects/editorial/out-of-print-childrens-books.cfm
24 posted on 04/05/2003 9:49:17 AM PST by ladylib
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To: lainie
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
by James Loewen (Author)


Look inside this book

25 posted on 04/05/2003 9:25:47 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton
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To: lainie
Modern McGuffey readers from A Beka.
26 posted on 04/05/2003 11:32:15 PM PST by MarMema
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To: lainie
The McGuffey readers that I've found so far are public-domain texts from 1879. Is that what you're talking about?

I think so. I remember thinking how old they were.

Well, when I have kids, I will definitely look into getting them! :D

27 posted on 04/06/2003 4:17:20 PM PDT by BamaGirl
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To: TxBec
Do you have an active homeschool ping list? If so, could you please add me to it, or tell me who on FR does maintain such a list? I would greatly appreciate it.
28 posted on 05/22/2003 9:54:23 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
you're now on mine :)
29 posted on 05/23/2003 4:30:16 AM PDT by TxBec (Tag! You're it!)
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To: TxBec
Thanks.
30 posted on 05/23/2003 6:53:04 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; 2Jedismom
2JedisMom has a homeschool ping list.
31 posted on 05/23/2003 6:58:54 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: Oberon; 2Jedismom
Thank you, Oberon.

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2JedisMom:

Could I please be added to your homeschool ping list?
32 posted on 05/23/2003 7:00:59 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
I sure will.
33 posted on 05/23/2003 10:03:27 AM PDT by 2Jedismom ('The commitment of our fathers is now the calling of our time')
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To: 2Jedismom
Thank you.
34 posted on 05/23/2003 11:41:07 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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