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I had heard that Explode the Code was good for teaching reading so I bought books 2, 3 and 4 for my 6 year old son. He and I are finding them really dry. I didn't know there was so much writing in them. He is really not wanting to focus on writing so much, just reading. There is just so much repetition, the same words over and over again and, like I said, more writing than reading. Anyone use Explode the Code and like it? Any recommendations for something a bit more fun? Thanks for any input.
 

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Why not ignore the writing parts and just do the reading parts? He can tell you the answer (or what letters to write) and you can write it out for him?<br><br>
Use what's fun and ignore the rest.
 

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This just goes to show how all kids are different <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
We started with book 1 last yr and are just completing bk 5. My 8 yr old likes them fine and I've paired them with the Nora Gayos readers. My son usually does 3 pages a day depending on the lessons-some are super fast. And, we skipped some writing things early on too and I'd write for him.<br><br>
I would agree that they aren't thrilling but were a good match for my son.<br>
Sorry, I don't have another idea for you but check out <a href="http://www.homeschoolreviews.com" target="_blank">www.homeschoolreviews.com</a> for other phonics programs<br>
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I would say Explode the Code are for kids that both like writing and like to do busywork....my son is not that type, my daughter is. My dd just LOVES Explode the Code, my son hates it.....My son has learned to read with both "Reading Reflex" and reading back and forth with me with books that are his level.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would say Explode the Code are for kids that both like writing and <b>like to do busywork</b>....</div>
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What is *busywork* for one child is useful repetition to grasp a concept to another child.<br><br>
One of my DD's really liked ETC and the books helped her learn to read. Even if something wasn't a good fit for your child, please frame <i>why</i> it wasn't a good fit without insulting kids who learn differently!
 

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Thank you Linda.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would say Explode the Code are for kids that both like writing and like to do busywork....my son is not that type, my daughter is. My dd just LOVES Explode the Code, my son hates it.....My son has learned to read with both "Reading Reflex" and reading back and forth with me with books that are his level.</div>
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I wouldn't say that my son likes writing at all, in fact once a child is a little more comfortable with some writing I think the writing is pretty minimal-just writing 1 word per line on 3 pages of 6-7 pages each lesson or so. But for a beginning writer it can be adapted as mentioned.<br><br>
And Linda summed up the busywork part perfectly.
 

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One of my DD's really liked ETC and the books helped her learn to read. Even if something wasn't a good fit for your child, please frame <i>why</i> it wasn't a good fit without insulting kids who learn differently!</div>
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Apologies! I would certainly never intentionally insult you! I didn't see it as an insult, as my dd loves "Explode the code" (I don't believe that I was insulting her?). Also, I don't know if I really believe in "useful repetition".<br><br>
For children that dislike writing, even writing a word a page is quite miserable and painful.
 
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