Getting Ready 1 and Getting Ready 2

These are our preschool and kindergarten, but the goal of these courses is to prepare them to use the curriculum. In order to accomplish that, the main focus is on reading. Once they are reading independently, they will be able to use the site independently and so much learning opens up to them. Reading is really foundational to most academic pursuits.

In Getting Ready 1 they are learning the alphabet. They will learn a letter a week, as well as the alphabet song to learn the order of the letters.

There is an animal story that introduces the letter sound for each letter of the alphabet. The story builds throughout the year that involves all the alphabet characters. Every few weeks there is a review week where they will also be working on shapes and colors as well.

It goes through the whole alphabet with only the shapes and colors for the math. There are no other subjects. There is some pre-writing activities and tracing. There are workbooks available for this course that have all the worksheets they use throughout the year. You can print it out or purchase it at a very low cost.

Most courses only do 180 days, a typical school year. I don’t like having the little kids take such a big break while they are working on learning to read.

Once they recognize the letters and know their sounds, they can move onto the McGuffey Primer page.

This is a continuation of the preschool year and goes through 222 days. They will be counting to twenty and will have some other activities to do, but again, the focus is on learning to read.

This page uses sight words. Sight reading gets kids reading more quickly and more fluently. You are reading this by sight, not by sounding out words. Phonics is covered in Getting Ready 2. There are three ways to do the sight words. They are on the site, where they can click on the words to hear them and to practice them. They are available as an app (only at Google Play so far). That has all of the sight words and all of the stories for the whole course which can be used offline. The sight words are also in book form. Learn to Read with EP has all of the words and stories, which are also on Kindle. My offline curriculum, has a book called Big Step which has all the sight words and stories and more math and writing and goes for a whole year. The McGuffey Primer page on EP is only 50 lessons long.

Getting Ready 2 goes through counting to 100 and has handwriting which includes all the letters and numbers and has them writing words and sentences towards the end of the year.

The reading portion has them going through the McGuffey First Reader and then systematic phonics lessons. The phonics will be easy for your child because they will already know how to read. It’s purpose is to help them decode unknown words and to help them with spelling.

If your child is stuck on the sight words, you might want to skip ahead and try the phonics. For some children the phonics will be easier than the sight words. I have two boys that I suspect are dyslexic. I ended up jumping to the phonics and then going through the whole learn to read program again and they ended up happy readers who are reading on level. Because they are starting so young, a kid who goes through this easily will be an advanced reader. One who takes extra time can still end up right on track, so take your time and give your child what they need.

We do have a Learn to Read course that has all the reading curriculum without the little kid activities so that an older kid can use it.