My son is going into 2nd grade level work in most areas, but I'm stuck trying to figure out one thing and would love feedback. DS is a good reader- can decode up to 5th grade level or so and comprehension is already almost 3rd grade level and he just finished first. My question is this...when I pulled him out of first grade, we never continued on with the phonics work and language arts curriculum they were doing- with the exception of punctuation and capitalization. Everything else just seemed like busy work that he just "got" already. Looking at 2nd grade phonics type of curriculum-it looks like exercises that he would just breeze right through---like sorting out "ead" endings from "eed" endings. He can look at something and know the answers, but he doesn't carry it over into spelling, etc.
If I look at 3rd grade level work, it seems too advanced because it focuses more on the writing process, tenses, etc. He just isn't there yet with his writing.
So, what I am wondering is...how important is that basis of the linear phonics instruction. If he can already decode really well, does he "need" that reinforcement that to him is just busywork that he knows?