The Three R's PCK Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0880620741
ISBN-10: 0880620749
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About the Author

Dr. Ruth Beechick has spent a lifetime teaching and writing curriculum. She understands how children learn. To follow this book, for fourth grade and older, use "You can Teach Your Child Successfully," also by Beechick.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Mott Media (MI); PCK edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880620749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880620741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Ruth Beechick spent a lifetime teaching and studying how people learn. She taught in Washington state, Alaska, Arizona and in several colleges and seminaries in other states. She also spent thirteen years at a publishing company writing curriculum for churches. In "retirement" she continues to write for the burgeoning homeschool movement. Her degrees are A.B. from Seattle Pacific University, M.A.Ed. and Ed.D. from Arizona State University.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lydia R. on June 9, 2011
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The Three R's is a great book for any parent. In fact, I was so impressed I am ordering additional copies for my sisters and best friends. I apologize in advance for the length of this review.

Someone complained that the book "...did not teach you how to teach your child..." or "...short and rambling...workbooks were better..." and while they are entitled to have their opinion maybe they missed the point. I have had the books two (2) days now and based on the advice (based on theories) I am very impressed with the information the book does put forward.
1. The book describes different methods, especially those of the standard preschool and primary school and critiques methods based on philosophies, theories, and research. In some instances, she said "...the fact that they can does not necessarily mean they should." and provides reasons to support her methods.
2. The book seems logically laid out, building information in each section as a teacher would any student. And could be read specifically for particular child's age as the methods are in progressive steps/stages.
3. This book is not a workbook. The book encourages parents to develop an attitude of education in everyday life with their child(ren): "Use real life for teaching."; "Real life is daily. It is close at hand. It offers the best learning opportunities your child will ever have."; "Pushing does not work"; "...begin...at a young age...". It also mentioned that the strategies taken by workbooks use a backward approach (i.e. with reference to learning modes) and could lead to frustration of the child.

I purchased the book because I wanted my daughter to start doing Math: 2+3=5.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Spinner VINE VOICE on June 30, 2007
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It seems like the most effective ways to teach children are often the most easy to overlook. This wonderful book shows parents and teachers how to utilize simple, low-cost means to give their young children a strong start in learning.

This book has been most helpful in our homeschooling adventure and was key in pulling this over-achieving, by-the-book teaching mother away from the need to keep to a rigid schedule and actually enjoy teaching and learning with my children.

Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lovethelord on August 8, 2012
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I wish that I would have read this guide several years ago when I began homeschooling. I could have eliminated many homeschooling days that left my students and myself exhausted. This book confirmed what I had already been thinking after several years of experience. Yes, the goals that I've set for my students have been met but not without strife. Curriculum that I've used: CLE, Rod & Staff, Miquon, Singapore, Hooked on Phonics, Winter Promise, Weaver, Horizons, AOP...and the list goes on (I'm a curriculum junkie). A negative reviewer stated this was a "cheerleading" book. Indeed it is but it's also so much more. No, it's not a complete curriculum but it does cover the "3 R's" of the early elementary years with many ideas of how to implement. If you are a strict "box checker," like everything planned for you, and feel that an egg carton or toilet paper tube craft is needed for every aspect of learning, then this little booklet probably isn't your cup of tea. If your a CM'er or just want to ease the stress of your homeschooling day and increase learning, then definetly invest in it. As a parent, you know your child better than any curriculum publisher. You know his/her learning style and what works with them (and you) - use that powerful knowledge to your advantage.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LRK VINE VOICE on August 29, 2011
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The strength of this great little work is in its simplicity. These guides do not tell a person exactly what to teach or when...rather they offer the very basics of how to teach basic skills (with some great brief explanations of why one should consider doing things this way) and let the teacher move forward with their own student(s) in mind. After reading my way through multiple books on how to teach, what to teach, when to teach, how children learn, phonics programs, math curriculum, etc...I've found this the most helpful guide I own regarding HOW to teach because of it's simplicity and flexibility. Too much of anything is overwhelming...for children and adults alike...and we naturally figure out the necessary details after we have a firm grasp on the basics.

Read this knowing it is not a curriculum guide. There are no lesson plans included (though there are games/activities for each level of reading, writing, math discussed). This approach relies on real life experience, real books and writing with actual meaning to the student, and common sense...it will not look like a public school or packaged curriculum. It is not fancy, and there are no gimmicks or step by step instructions. Those who will appreciate this work are those who recognize the power in simplicity and can make some decisions about WHAT to teach on their own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Bohn VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
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I refer to this book often to help me stay on track. Its contents offer straight forward advice on teaching in the early grades. You'll even find it beneficial to read this book when you have a preschooler, to get an idea of what lies ahead and what to do when your child is ready. In addition, reading this book will help the homeschooling parent in choosing curriculum, not with specific suggestions, but by general ideas offered.

The included wall chart of phonics and numbers has been helpful, but leaves something to be desired in the way it was printed in only blue and yellow ink. It's just bonus material. The book is your investment.
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