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Posts by Lake Living

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  • Commission says Christian business owners should leave religion at home

    10/07/2014 4:12:08 PM PDT · 45 of 92
    Lake Living to ilovesarah2012

    After this latest decision by the Supreme Court (declining to take the case of states’ rights concerning homosexual marriage) it’s all down hill from here. Christians are the new official hated class in the U.S. Better prepare for some real and increasing persecution in the near future.

  • Earth's Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed, NASA Study Finds

    10/07/2014 5:19:52 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    Lake Living to zeestephen

    We are a nation of idiots - end of story. Common sense left the building a long time ago.

  • Obama's Master Plan With Eric Holder

    10/07/2014 4:56:25 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    Lake Living to Kaslin

    Our nation is finished. We are under the judgement of God as we have for a long, long time turned our backs on Him. We are so compromised and corrupted there’s just no turning back - just the slide into destruction. Get your own personal house in order as things are only going to get worse. Two more years with Barry and Eric should just about do it.

  • Clarice Feldman: New Year 5775: Obama undoes the New Deal and Great Society

    10/05/2014 9:55:30 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    Lake Living to jazusamo

    All those on the take from the government (Mitt’s 47%) still love them some big government - this article not withstanding. American Thinker articles are often way, way too optimistic.

  • North Korea says nothing wrong with leader Kim Jong-Un's health: South Korea

    10/04/2014 8:54:42 PM PDT · 22 of 38
    Lake Living to SeekAndFind

    I think a better would have been... “Un Healthy!”

  • I'm amazed at the ignorance of FReepers [the stupid, it BURNS]

    10/02/2014 7:52:10 PM PDT · 302 of 389
    Lake Living to StraysDaddy

    Great article on this topic today at American Spectator, “Do it for Bob - Republicans”‘do-it-bob’-republicans

  • Abortion Activist Attacks Pro-Lifers: Yells “F— You” as She Destroys Their Signs

    10/02/2014 7:16:33 PM PDT · 15 of 45
    Lake Living to Morgana

    From the religion of tolerance no doubt

  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · 85 of 100
    Lake Living to Ruy Dias de Bivar

    Thanks for your reply! Yes, I know those things and agree - I posted in hast. I wasn’t thinking about “innocent” I was just thinking “Wait a minute, the Israelites were told to wipe out all those tribes...” But they were far from innocent. I stand corrected.

  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 12:45:48 PM PDT · 77 of 100
    Lake Living to Prophet2520

    Thanks for the reply! I don’t disagree. Mine was a hasty post and I should have clarified better. I was just thinking that, men, women, children and their animals were all to be killed - but there were no innocents if God declares them guilty. There has really only been one innocent person and he was crucified.

  • Liberals as Low Information Voters

    10/02/2014 12:37:29 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    Lake Living to laplata

    Thanks for the reply! Yes, I know that and believe as you. He is not ignorant, he’s intentional. It was just a bit of sarcasm.

  • George W. Bush: I think Jeb wants it!

    10/02/2014 9:03:01 AM PDT · 28 of 64
    Lake Living to jimbo123

    It’s simple, George - tell him to suppress the urge. ‘Cause if you don’t, we will.

  • Obamacare may hold the key to saving the U.S. from Ebola

    10/02/2014 8:42:34 AM PDT · 9 of 51
    Lake Living to Oldeconomybuyer

    Well, after I stopped laughing, this certainly gives new meaning to the term “death panels”.

  • Vanity - the greatest made-up word I've discovered on Free Republic

    10/02/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    Lake Living to InvisibleChurch

    A word that gets used around our church a lot is “voluntold”. Like in, “I was voluntod that I will be baking something for the fellowship dinner this Saturday.” ;- ) One of my favorites (apparently there’s a contest every year for the funniest new word) is reintarnation = coming back to life as a hillbilly.

  • Liberals as Low Information Voters

    10/02/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT · 17 of 25
    Lake Living to Yashcheritsiy

    Obama is one of those low information voters Rush keeps talking about. He never knows about anything until he reads it in the paper or hears about it on the tv.

  • Democrats Must Keep Black Americans Poor to Stay in Power

    10/02/2014 8:20:58 AM PDT · 13 of 19
    Lake Living to Sean_Anthony

    Please watch the vid if you haven’t seen it. This guy get it!

  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · 5 of 100
    Lake Living to Laissez-faire capitalist

    How about the Jews entering the Promised Land?

  • Obama: Born-Again Idiot

    10/02/2014 7:58:27 AM PDT · 21 of 36
    Lake Living to servo1969

    “The left never understood that its policy failures come from its bad intentions. It’s incompetent because it’s malicious.” Boy, great article with some great lines.

    Obama is not the antichrist but his rise and fall is a great example of the deception that will overtake the world when that man of lawlessness comes on the scene. The country was head over heels in love with Barry (as he was with himself) through the election and into his first few years but into his second term he has been revealed, even to those who worshipped him as savior and lord, for the evil monstrosity that he is. Of course, not all were fooled but there’s a pattern here.

    Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name,.. At that time many will turn away from the faith... and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” Next time it will be with lying signs and wonders, the promise of peace without repentance, the rejection of all that is godly, and the unleashing of pure evil on the world. Spiritual discernment is probably the number one character quality that is missing from the population today. Difficult days are ahead for all of us. Thankfully the rightful King has promised to return and set things right.

  • What if Baghdad Falls to ISIS?

    10/02/2014 6:28:09 AM PDT · 7 of 26
    Lake Living to re_tail20

    ...”with his ‘gutsy’ air strikes and his diplomatic skill...” you forgot his phone and his pen.

  • Rove to GOP Candidates: Be Bold and Clear About Principles

    10/02/2014 6:26:31 AM PDT · 17 of 47
    Lake Living to Cringing Negativism Network

    Oh, Carl we can’t wait!
    Let’s see, I’ll hazard a guess: Universal Health Care for the People of the World Day; Kiss a Muslim Day (International of course) - free jihadi sword if after kiss you cry “Death to America & Israel”, Open Borders for All Day (U.S. only) bring in your favorite ethnic group (minimum of 100) and get a special Ebola identification test kit (sorry, due to intense interest first come first served - some kits may be passed expiration date as they are being shipped from Liberia); National Open Treasury Day - come get all that you want - (Conservatives, Tea Partiers not welcome) - free autographed picture of the “Won”, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi” if you can prove that you voted 5 or more times in the last election and in at least two different states; Global Warming Day Special - a free abortions if you are using wind, solar, or cow flatulence - otherwise one year free supply of condoms; National Ignorance & Incompetence Day - come support your country - help it to remain number one in this important category (free solar calculator and Common Core exam cheat sheets if you wear “It’s Bush’s Fault” T-shirt or carry home made sign with like message).

    Ok, Freepers what else did I miss?

  • Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold ( on Europe)

    09/30/2014 3:47:45 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    Lake Living to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Not to worry. Remember wind and solar are going to save them. /sar

  • Hong Kong protesters use a mesh network to organise

    09/30/2014 3:43:20 PM PDT · 3 of 8
    Lake Living to Enlightened1

    Flash mobs could do some damage with this.

  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    09/30/2014 3:33:14 PM PDT · 30 of 32
    Lake Living to Olog-hai

    Education is expensive - but so is the alternative. If you are in high spirits and just have too much optimism let me refer you to an historic study that will be sure to take a lot of wind out of your sails (the link is l o n g so I’ll post at the end). The paper is called The Early Catastrophe. It’s a long read (required reading for a course I took long ago). Still good info. I have 3 children. I tell people I could have had 3 very nice houses but instead I have three very nice children each with a good education ;- ) We are not rich. Wife and I still pinch pennies but I have no regrets investing in my daughter and my 2 sons. More and more parents are going to have to take a very serious look at how to educate their children. There really are alternatives. It is a little bleak when you are struggling to put food on the table and roof over your head but there are some really good and interesting things happening in education that may help break open the strangle hold the left has in this arena and the failure public ed has turned out to be. The state of FL is making some baby steps in this area. Too much to go into here. Anyway, here’s the link:

  • Why Ted Cruz Could Win in 2016

    09/30/2014 8:23:50 AM PDT · 30 of 124
    Lake Living to SoConPubbie

    I love Cruz and hope that he runs and gets the nomination. I don’t think he’s all that great a speaker. I personally think he does better when he’s just talking vs “speaking” and he has a few mannerisms that Sat. Night Live could really run with but all that is nothing. He’s a smart, well educated and bold individual that has core values in tune with the Founders and God fearing Americans - exactly why he will be hated by the left. I don’t know what appeal he will have with the population at large. Perhaps if enough Americans are hurting badly enough by 2016, he might be given a chance to try and make a change for the better. I know we need more of a spiritual solution than a political one but Cruz looks more and more like a man for “such a time as this.” Go Ted and God speed!

  • Social Issues Are The GOP's Gateway To The Ghetto

    09/30/2014 7:50:53 AM PDT · 11 of 24
    Lake Living to Kaslin

    My church and several others in my community worked together with a few churches in the Atlanta area. We sponsored a Community Day there this past Saturday in Washington Park. This is a very poor area of Atlanta. We set up a clothes tents, medical tent, food pantry, hospitality center, game center for kids (lots of blow-up slides, games, etc.) a music stage and an evangelism out reach group. We had perfect weather (cloud cover both Fri. for set up and Sat.). We touched lives for the Lord Jesus and got to share His love by this very practical approach. It was a lot of work (collecting items, boxing them, shipping them, advertising, coordinating, setting up, taking down, cleaning up, training folks, traveling there and back and money for a stay at the Holiday Inn) but we saw lives touched. This was done in Baltimore on June 6th and has been done in a few other cities I can’t remember. We can show our faith by our works. More cities are planned for next year - Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Toronto, Canada. If you live near Jackson Hole perhaps you could attend. If not perhaps you could do the same thing in the area where you live. Ask your pastor or priest or coordinate with friends and family or local Tea Party group. There are a lot of needs in our nation.

  • A word about posting satire

    09/30/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · 218 of 231
    Lake Living to humblegunner

    Perhaps I’m misunderstanding your post. John is complying with Jim’s wishes. I went back and read all the post and I didn’t see a complaint from John Semmens. If Jim Robinson thinks he’s abusing the site then Jim can certainly tell him - and directly. I was merely stating that I enjoy John’s post, would not want to see them moved and that often in my hast to read all headlines I miss the sarc label. Others have stated the same. I get Jim’s concern about how Google posts (didn’t know about that before I posted) and I get that you support his concern as do I. It just seems to me you might be too eager in your reach for the moral high ground.

  • Obama's Narcissism a Threat to National Security

    09/29/2014 9:52:07 PM PDT · 8 of 22
    Lake Living to Abakumov

    We need to pray and fast that God will remove this administration from office before year’s end - or that our president would truly repent and humble himself before the Lord and seek His guidance and allow God to change his heart. Otherwise our nation is lost forever.

  • Attn Freeper Homeowners: Poll How long did it take you to find the perfect house?

    09/29/2014 9:44:37 PM PDT · 41 of 94
    Lake Living to Califreak

    Buying a home can be a difficult thing. I know some people that have bought sight unseen. Some did everything in an extremely short time. So your personality and needs and $ will determine what is right for you. We were living overseas in Germany and knew we would be retiring in about 3 years so we started to get serious in our search. We relied on the Internet to do our searching. We looked in FL as that’s where we thought we wanted to be. Our daughter was living in Jacksonville at the time. She was able to go view many places for us that we thought might be possibilities - that was very helpful (no, mom and dad, you don’t want “that” place). We went to a realtor that summer when we were home. This was just when the collapse in the housing market was beginning. We found a place we really like and made an offer. They would not budge on price and we were out of time. Disappointed we returned to Germany and began again to search for homes. Getting out and actually looking at places had really helped us to see what we wanted or could live with and - most importantly - what our amount of money could buy. That knowledge really helped us in our search that next year. The realtor we found then was also very, very helpful. We started looking in south Georgia as the homes there were more traditional in style than those in FL - and the prices seemed better. We found a place on-line and our daughter did the leg work for us again. She met a great realtor and that next summer we came home to “see” if that place was right for us. We looked at many, many other houses but finally decided on the place we had seen on-line. At that time it was more of a buyers’ market and that definitely helped us on the price. I gave all that history to say… don’t get discouraged. If you know you’re going to be in a place for a good while (10, 15, 20 yrs.) and can take your time, do so. A good realtor is a blessing. Ours was wonderful and we are very satisfied. Two years is a little long but not too unusual. Hope this helps some.

  • Ted Cruz to Headline Zionist Organization of America Dinner

    09/29/2014 7:37:29 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    Lake Living to 2ndDivisionVet

    You know I wonder how much security Sen. Cruz has? He may need to be very careful especially if he has a real chance at the presidency. There are muslims as well as leftists who would not want to see that happen. Prayers for Mr. Cruz and family are in order (if you haven’t already been praying for him).

  • UDALL LIED (AGAIN): Embattled Sen. Arrested for More Than Just Pot ( Colorado )

    09/29/2014 4:05:32 PM PDT · 5 of 15
    Lake Living to george76

    “Probably won’t matter much to the people that would vote for him.” Boy, ain’t that the truth! It will probably incentivize them. “Look, he’s one of us!!!”

  • A word about posting satire

    09/29/2014 3:57:57 PM PDT · 48 of 231
    Lake Living to Jim Robinson

    I guess I disagree a little about this. I guess we’re referring to post by John Semmens. I think he always labels his post appropriately - but I have still taken the bait on occasions. I haven’t seen any articles (maybe I missed them) that weren’t labeled. I love John Semmens’ posts and would hate to see them moved or removed. He has forced me to look before I leap and to start to analysis and “think” and isn’t that part of it?

  • The Difference Between Winners And Whiners

    09/29/2014 3:46:10 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Lake Living to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    I get the point but if “those Rhinos” lost... well, it would show THEM wouldn’t it? Yes, it would be bad in the cut your nose off to spite your face kind of way, and not in an Eric Cantor kind of way but... I can just hear the blaming, can’t you, if Mitch lost. But wouldn’t he and the others be just as out as Cantor? Somehow I can’t help but feel some fear is creeping in on some Rhino sympathizers and Tea Party haters. The masks have come off and we know who you are. If it happens as the fearing creeps and pants wetting Rhino sympathizers say, who can really blame those in Ky, Ks or Ms as they were crapped on and told to keep smiling. They were very pointedly told their vote was not wanted, needed or worth the milli volts of a digital ballet.

  • Turkey Allowed ISIS To Established A Consulate In Ankara With 700 Bureaus Stationed Throughout

    09/29/2014 3:29:46 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    Lake Living to BlatherNaut

    Walid has been spot on - if you (those with doubts about his trustworthiness) would bother to read him for awhile you would see. I thank God for him! He has been a voice from the middle east long needed in the U.S. He tells the truth about Islam and muslims. He translates what they are saying and shows things the MSM and the State Dept. try to hid - that alone is worth it. Do I agree with him on everything? No, but on a lot. He loves the Lord Jesus with all his heart and is trying to serve Him as best he can. His insights on Bible prophesy have been a real eye opener for a lot of Americans. Of course, if you’re not a Christian then it’s probably just digital clutter on your PC. But if you are even mildly interested in what is really going on in the middle east you will make a point to read his site.

  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 2:05:11 PM PDT · 33 of 36
    Lake Living to SeekAndFind

    I’m thinking it might be easier to start your own university.

  • US Forrest Service to Charge for Taking Pictures of Trees [satire]

    09/29/2014 1:33:13 PM PDT · 11 of 29
    Lake Living to John Semmens

    Yes, but what they didn’t tell you is that it’s $1000 if your just looking - so that’s a lot better. If you want the cheapest option, they issue free blindfolds for the drivers at the entry of all of these Fed. lands if you are just passing through. They have stated it is far safer for the environment than cameras and human eyes, you know, actually looking at things ;- )

  • Robichaud: Ted Cruz may be right man to put America on track

    09/29/2014 1:24:31 PM PDT · 5 of 23
    Lake Living to 2ndDivisionVet

    Tray Gowdy for Attorney General (or Mark Levin).

  • Cities to visit in Europe??

    09/29/2014 10:13:12 AM PDT · 47 of 85
    Lake Living to babylon_times

    Also, be warned...Zurich is one of (if not THE) most expensive cities in Europe.

  • Cities to visit in Europe??

    09/29/2014 9:27:00 AM PDT · 16 of 85
    Lake Living to babylon_times

    Prague in Chez Republic, Brugge, in Belgium - a very cool city. One of my favorites with some old beautiful buildings and history - also lots of little bed & breakfast places to stay, several city gates that are each unique and beautiful (I know an antique dealer there), Paris, France - still a really great place, people were friendly and generally helpful - sooo much to see there. You can spend all day in just a couple museums. Italy, many places, you won’t be disappointed. Germany is a very manicured country and Oct is often a great time as the weather is usually nice (though Christmas is awesome because of all the little Christmas markets). I lived in the Stuttgart area. Lots to see and do there - great food, yum! I would suggest you not try to see too much. Pick a couple of places that interest you as you can spend too much time “traveling” and not enjoying. My two cents ;- )

  • Why Is The Middle East Failing? Because There Are Too Many Young Men, And No Women

    09/29/2014 9:11:09 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    Lake Living to Mr. K

    Mr. K. please see this post by Walid Shoebat:

    Give the answer to your question.

  • Obama on ISIS: It’s James Clapper’s Fault! Hapless, dishonest intel chief thrown under the bus.

    09/29/2014 9:03:04 AM PDT · 11 of 36
    Lake Living to SeekAndFind

    With all the “under-the-busing” going on, will this administration have anyone left to throw under? Let’s hope not.

  • NYU Prof: Myles Standish beheaded too; we’re all as savage as the Islamic State

    09/29/2014 8:44:48 AM PDT · 27 of 47
    Lake Living to Biggirl

    How refreshing, another college professor with a moral equivalency view of things - so novel, yes? Well, let us not forget dear professor that Robespierre also sanctioned beheadings. And we all know how lefty’s love revolutionaries. One can all only hope that all leftist professors as well as all Islamic jihadists will meet the same fate as the self confident Robespierre.

  • The Mysterious Case of Charlie Crist

    09/29/2014 7:56:54 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    Lake Living to SoFloFreeper

    Oh I don’t know... it worked for the “Won”. Americans seem to love them some narcissists so maybe ole Charlie has a shot (but let’s hope not). However, there is a larger and larger segment of the population that, like a moth to a flame, is drawn to politicians with this prideful personality flaw. I guess it gives them someone they can “relate to.”

  • Why U.S. blacks are easy targets for radicalization

    09/29/2014 7:19:16 AM PDT · 18 of 37
    Lake Living to 2ndDivisionVet

    Many people (myself included) have been saying this for years. Our prisons are one of the prime places where this is has been occurring in relationship to Islam.

  • OK Beheader's Imam Claimed Threats to Behead Muslims Days Before Attack

    09/28/2014 10:25:17 AM PDT · 46 of 53
    Lake Living to Rusty0604

    Well, that does sound bad. I guess one solution would be for you to pack up and go back to Iran or Iraq or Syria where it’s a lot safer.

  • Andrew Klavan: Europe is For Real

    09/28/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Lake Living to Nachum

    Biting sarcasm and spot on but where are the apologies to Geert Wilders?

  • Group touts 4,000 abortions in 1 year with Clinton's support

    09/28/2014 5:25:25 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    Lake Living to Citizen Zed

    Hillary’s jihad on the unborn.

  • Washington Post: Introspection time for evangelicals

    09/27/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    Lake Living to SeekAndFind

    Several passages of scripture come to mind about the Last Days spoken of in the Bible. But the “right to define one’s own concept of existence,” sounds a lot like “everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” so nothing really new under the sun there Washington Post. But this “new found” right, in a Constitution that no one at the Post bothers to read will not have America end well at all. Sort of like the “right” to murder your unborn child, the death of marriage and who can forget death panels. I guess the Post is just licking their collective lips in hopes that Christianity in America is on it’s way out - or at least severely wounded. The American church is about to undergo intense persecution - perhaps it will work to refine her and prepare her to be the bride she is suppose to be before her King returns while those at the Post should perhaps invest in asbestos suits.

  • You are born a man or a woman, you don't get to choose

    09/24/2014 5:55:28 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    Lake Living to NKP_Vet

    There is nothing new under the sun.
    Isaiah 5:20-24
    20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
    22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
    23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
    24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

  • Climate change? China rebuts Obama

    09/24/2014 3:50:56 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    Lake Living to Jim Robinson

    The same hypocrites that want you and I to have a smaller carbon foot print while they fly their private jets, drive SUV’s and have multiple homes are also the same ones that want you and I to die at 75 while they use every medical technique in the world to hang on for just one more day. Surprising, no?

  • Crash Report: Apple's iOS 8 Is Crashing Apps 65 Percent More Than iOS 7

    09/24/2014 1:25:56 PM PDT · 41 of 44
    Lake Living to SeekAndFind

    Steve would have never let this happen. Tisk, tisk!

  • Make sure your child is learning to read.

    09/23/2014 10:32:53 PM PDT · 42 of 45
    Lake Living to BruceDeitrickPrice

    I was trained in a method called Reading Recovery (unfairly trashed by the Bush admin.). It’s out of New Zealand. It’s not perfect but pretty good. What a lot of important research shows is that families that are involved in their child’s education, read to them, have conversations with them, are good listeners for their children, use more complex sentence structures and larger more varied vocabularies have children that usually do better vs those that are plopped in front of the boob tube. There are lots and lots of methods to teach reading - some better than others and most will do the job. My personal belief is that a combination approach works well. For me a straight phonetic approach at first is too narrow a focus for beginning readers - your mileage may vary. There are high frequency word lists (some variations) that are lists of words that are in most beginning readers. They are often small words like me, we, this, am, it, is, to, see, go. They are a good place to start. Most of us use a cuing system that involves three things - meaning, structure and visual information when we read. Books for beginning readers usually have controlled vocabularies, more space between words and sentences and good picture support. Believe it or not a child’s accuracy when reading needs to be between 94 - 96% correct - especially at the start. That’s like getting no more than one word or less on a page incorrect. That’s because meaning will be lost and we don’t want the child having to do too much “word work” at first. Most children use meaning and the structure of our language to cue themselves with visual information being somewhat neglected (visual refers to the phonetic information that letters give us). The phonetic information is best taught in context - that way it’s learned in “littles” as the child develops confidence and as it is needed. Some memorization is present in all reading methods but this way the child is learning to read by reading and their vocabulary develops. It’s interesting that at some point the child will almost flip flop in their use of strategies. Instead of using meaning and structure they grow to notice the phonetic information more and more until this flip occurs. Then, (it seems all of a sudden) they will be so focused on “words” that they will forget to listen to themselves to “hear” if what they are reading makes sense. Eventually, and usually fairly quickly, they will learn to incorporate this 3rd strategy and then will be on their way to greater success. You want the child to be aware of these strategies, to own them, and be able to call them up at will or be so ingrained as to be good habits. They should be asking themselves… did that sound right, did that look right (or does that look like the word I just read), can I say it that way (structure of our language)? Reading at the early levels is very fluid and the child’s ability changes from day to day. It is a very rewarding experience teaching a child to read or to be able to give them the “piece” or the strategy that they missed. Heavy phonetics is good for middle to late 1st grade or 1st semester 2nd grade (in my opinion). Another unfortunate thing is that good leveled readers - those with the controlled vocal., small incremental changes in difficulty and good picture support are not always easy to find. There are some good site specific locations. You usually can’t just buy one copy (sold in sets of 6 or more as they’re usually selling to schools and - reading groups are set up for 6 students on average) and are kind of expensive. There is a pretty good site called Reading A - Z ( that has a subscription service that lets you print out little books and has other important resources. It’s not perfect but pretty good. Writing little sentence (possibly something from the book the child just read) is good practice. Writing is reading slowed down and is often the better place to do phonetic work. Start with what the child hears and then work in the vowels and their location.