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Familiar with Rod and Staff & Hooked on Phonics Pre-K?

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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Is anyone here familiar with Rod and Staff and Hooked on Phonics Pre-K? I think I am ordering the preschool 4-5 for my daughter who will be 4.5 when we start in September (turned 4 in February). I'm not sure if it's too easy or not...

All I know is she loves to learn and she's my oldest and I have no idea what else or how else to teach her beyond what she already knows. She has known all of her letters by sight and sound since 3, can count to 40 in English (beyond if you do it with her because she gets bored by herself after that) and 10 in Spanish (to 20 if you help her), basic simple math like 1+2, 5+5, etc., knows all her shapes (2 years old), all her colors (1 year old), knows how to write and spell her own name, knows how to write other words as long as you tell her how to spell them, and can recognize simple words like dog, cat, mom, hat, dad because of what letters are in them. I know she would love to learn to read. I don't know what else to do now because I have only ever had experience with early childhood education while working in child care.  We haven't been doing anything new and are bored out of our minds right now.

Anyone have any idea of curriculum, workbooks, or anything else like that and already be at the level she is now? Are the ones I mentioned good ones to start with? She just loves to learn so I don't want to turn her off learning by making her bored, but I also don't want to be too advanced to make her frustrated.




by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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mommy4lyf
by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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Make sure she have a solid foundation. Let her master the basic and start introducing new topic. For worksheets to workbooks you can buy a pdf version here: http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/ , http://www.teacherspayteacher.com/, http://www.edhelper.com/, for reading you can start her with Bob Books leveled reader or you can subscribe online at http://www.readinga-z.com/

Sorry, I am not familiar with Rod and Staff and Hooked on Phonics for Pre-K.

bekalynne440
by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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We have kindergarten hooked on phonics. I like it, but it is repetitive in style which bores my 4 year old ds from time to time. I haven't tried preschool. If she knows all her letter names and sounds, I would recommend starting with kindergarten hooked on phonics. We also love Bob Books. They are nice and simple and give kids a feeling of accomplishment when they are able to read a whole (very small) book themselves early on in their reading journey.
oredeb
by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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 hi peek,

i like the rod and staff preschool, using them right now with kids that dont no any abcs or numbers, how to print name etc

what about starfall

http://www.learningpage.com/

http://www.letteroftheweek.com/

http://www.kidslearningstation.com/

plus lots of preschool-1st grade sites here free  worksheets etc

just scroll down theres a couple places

mem82
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Also, have you thought about teaching her your actual name? Too many kids don't actually know what to tell a police man if they need to find mommy. That and your address and phone number are very important. 

Teaching her 911 and grandma's (or other relatives number) are good things to be working on.

Get a map and start teaching her the oceans and continents.

Does she know 3D shapes like cube and cylinder?

PEEK05
by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

She knows everyone's name (mine, dad's, grandma's, grandpa's, uncles, aunts, etc.).  We haven't taught her our address yet because we are moving in 16 days.  I have not taught her our cell numbers yet (we don't have a home phone). I will definitely work on these things for sure.

She knows 911 and we discuss it every so often about why and when she would need to call that number and roleplay scenarios that would require a phone call to them.  She knows how to use my phone and dial 911.  I did not let her actually place the phone call though, just showed her what button to push after letting her type  the numbers in to actually talk to someone if there was an emergency. 

I have not thought about teaching the oceans and continents but my mom did just get a VTech globe thing for her.  She still has it at her house until we move so I'm going to look that up and see if that is good or if it's pretty lame and she needs a real map.

3D shapes is another good idea that I had not thought of, thanks!

Quoting mem82:

Also, have you thought about teaching her your actual name? Too many kids don't actually know what to tell a police man if they need to find mommy. That and your address and phone number are very important. 

Teaching her 911 and grandma's (or other relatives number) are good things to be working on.

Get a map and start teaching her the oceans and continents.

Does she know 3D shapes like cube and cylinder?





PEEK05
by on Jun. 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Also thanks to everyone else's replies.  I will be using some of those resources that we have not used already! :)

crzy4crm
by Member on Jun. 5, 2013 at 7:10 AM
We used Rod & Staff. Loved it. We went from there onto CLE, Christian Light Education. Love it. I've looked into other curriculum but I just don't think you can beat the price and the math is good.
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