Woo hoo! It’s time for a whole new set of printable phonics lessons. If you’re new around here, you might want to know the process that takes us from lessons on paper to printable curriculum.
First, I write out all of the lessons by hand. (Yes, really). I reference all of my old lessons from the past, add anything new, make any necessary changes, and then test them on my guinea pig, also known as my youngest child. Once the lessons have passed the test, and I’ve written them out for a whole set (or in this case, two sets) of Bob Books, we are ready to post the free versions of the lessons onto the blog. From there, my assistant Hayley picks them up, and formats them all into a neat and tidy PDF. She is magical. We go back and forth with edits, her doing the dirty work, and me doing fun stuff like cover design. At some point, we agree that we are finished, and the finished product goes up in the store.
The rest, as they say, is history.
This time, we’re doing a combo pack. I find that Set 4 is a lot of hard work for our students. They are adding a lot of new cards to their binders, and yet they are still regularly reviewing a lot of cards from Set 3. It’s good work, but it’s hard. Some students get discouraged, and others are greatly recharged and refreshed by the break offered by reading easier books — and the triumph of reading them so quickly.
We start off with Kindergarten Set Book 1 because the last book of Set 3 is pretty tough. There are only 8 books in Set 4, whereas there are 12 in the Kindergarten Sight Words Set, so all I do is intersperse a Kindergarten book (or two) among the Set 4 books. It works great every time.
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