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Three R’s, The


Three R’s, The

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Publisher: Mott Media

Author: Ruth Beechick

List Price: Paperback: $12.00

Ages: 6-8 Years

Reviewed By: Kate O'Mara

The Three R’s, by Ruth Beechick, begins with “Congratulations on your decision to teach your child at home.” What a lovely way to start! Many veteran homeschoolers would have valued such encouragement at the beginning. In this book, Beechick provides encouragement and information about important goals you’ll want to reach with your child during their early education.

The Three R’s is divided into three major sections, one for each “R” Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

In the Reading section, you’ll find information on the importance of reading to your children. Guiding children into reading by encouragement and practice is the more logical way to approach reading. Spelling, dictation, and comprehension combine to produce a fluent reader. This is the goal by about third grade. Some children are faster, others slower, but by about 10 most children should have the basic skills required to read grade level material.

There are different forms of writing. Some forms come more easily than others, but all writing is essential for good communication. In the beginning, children can trace letters and practice penmanship using literature as their example. As the child progresses, newspapers and letters to the editor may be dissected. Depending on your newspaper’s editor and the writers they choose to employ, contemporary printed matter may serve as an example of how to write or how NOT to write. Study sentence structure and paragraph forms from the books you read.

Sample writing lessons include dictation from Mother Goose, Aesop’s Fables, and the Bible. Dictation is important. For example, two of the lessons learned through dictation are when you capitalize and when to use quotation marks. If a child can effectively decipher from dictation, they are but one short step away from creating their own written work.

By third grade, a child should have mastered basic spelling words, basic grammar, basic capitalization, and basic punctuation.

Arithmetic happens at two levels, tangible (manipulative) and intangible (in your head). The concepts of mathematics are simple once you show children how to count and translate items to the concept of numbers. Again, practice and repetition are essential at the beginning until the children are able to translate from tangible to intangible on their own. Ruth Beechick provides grade level guidelines so that by third grade the at-level learner will be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, group, measure, and problem solve. It sounds like a lot, but the steps along the way are small and can be fun.

This is an indispensable book if you are choosing not to purchase a full curriculum, as Ruth Beechick’s guidelines will enable you to design your own curriculum and know that you are teaching all the important aspects of core learning at the appropriate age/grade level.
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Available From: Mott Media
Address: 1130 Fenway Circle, Fenton, Michigan 48430
Phone: 800.421.6645
Other Notes: 11x17, 2-sided Phonics and Arithmetic Chart included
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