Rod and Staff Homeschool Reading Review

by Jody
(Livingston, Tx, USA)

Two six year old boys enjoy reading and comprehension improvement with Rod and Staff homeschool reading curriculum. Read their mom's review...


My 2 six year old boys really enjoy reading from the Rod and Staff 1st grade readers. The stories are short, God centered, and right on target with their reading level.

We just started using Rod and Staff reading a few weeks ago and already have seen major improvements in their reading and reading comprehension. The added side benefit is how many conversations are begun by my boys about God and how he wants us to live and how much he loves us.

The cost of the curriculum is quite nice also as it is very affordable when compared to other programs on the market. I would recommend Rod and Staff homeschool reading curriculum to anyone.

Thanks for the Rod and Staff homeschool reading review, Jody. I appreciate the time you took to help other parents learn more about Rod and Staff. Blessings, Heather :)

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Rod and Staff Homeschool Reading Curriculum

by Lisa
(US)

Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum

Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum

I've used Rod and Staff homeschool reading curriculum for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade and plan to use it for 5th grade as well. The stories are decent and many teach good moral lessons.

The reading level is advanced and that is one reason I enjoy using it as well. The program is very inexpensive and includes reading book, kids workbook and teachers book with answers.

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Rod and Staff 3rd Grade Homeschool Reading

by Mari
(Arizona)

My daughter loved the Rod and Staff homeschool reading program, but was very overwhelmed by the amount of comprehension work that was required for each lesson.

She would sneak reading lessons and try to not do the comprehension lessons. We had to come to an agreement of doing less of the comprehension lessons - about half.

If you use Rod and Staff reading, I would recommend doing only half of the comprehension lesson. R&S was made for a classroom setting and provides way more work than a homeschool child needs to do.

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Oct 09, 2009
Rod and Staff 3rd Grade Reading lessons
by: Anonymous

We divided each lesson over two days. He reads the story then does section A and B Mon. Tues. rereads story and finishes sections. Repeat Wed. (reads story and A and B) and Thurs. (rereads story and finishes sections) for next lesson. Off Fri. (or used for correction time if needed). I like this schedule giving him an extra chance to read the story, hoping it will help him retain more longer.

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Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum: Bible Nurture and Reading Series/Math/English

by Pat Gardner
(Bear, Delaware, USA)

Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum Review

Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum Review

Simple, thorough, affordable Rod and Staff homeschool curriculum. Not "fancy-smancy". No bells and whistles. Just good stuff.

I have homeschooled for eight years; I have an 8th grader, 6th grader, 2nd grader, and a preschooler. I have used Rod and Staff homeschool curriculum since my oldest was in 2nd grade. The grammar curriculum is very thorough and taught in "step-by-step" manner with a Godly presentation.

Last year I used 5th grade and 1st grade math with two of my children. It is simple, but thorough. I love the oral drill for the students. The teachers' manuals are well-written and easy to use.

I simply love the reading/phonics instruction beginning in first grade; it’s very thorough and detailed. As a professional speech-language pathologist, I love that R&S mentions the difference in the sounds of written letters (e.g., voiced and voiceless /th/ or the fact that the written letter "s" very often sounds like a "z" as in the word "is"). I would say that while my daughter, who needs the practice and drill that R&S provides, has made tremendous progress in her reading....she's reading simple chapter books without pictures, I had gone over some phonics via Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons during her kindergarten year. The structured, thorough phonics and reading offered by R&S gave her the firm foundation that she needed to become more of an "automatic" reader. Lastly, I love that the reading material uses Bible stories and also serves as an age-appropriate Bible study.

The bonus about Rod and Staff homeschool curriculum is that it is very affordable; many books are hardback and reusable (great if you have multiple children). The teacher's manuals are well-written, containing the answers to students' books, on the same page as the teachers' guides and the answer keys to the speed drills or tests in the back. Not separate 3 or 4 separate books for the teachers. Not fancy-smancy, no bells and whistles. Just good stuff.

Great Rod and Staff homeschool curriculum review, Pat; thanks for sharing. Your thoughts and insight will be so helpful to others who are looking for affordable, Bible-based curriculum. Blessings, Heather :)

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Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum: Bible and Reading

by Jennifer
(Sammamish, WA)

Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum

Rod and Staff Homeschool Curriculum

We have been using Rod and Staff homeschool curriculum for over three years. It has the wonderful feel of old school curriculum in a thorough and easy to use format.

After finding Rod and Staff, I have often said I that there are two things I won't change in my curriculum: math and Rod and Staff. We are in a state where the children are required to test every year and they have always scored very high in their language arts due to the great education they are receiving with the help of Rod and Staff homeschool curriculum.

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