My approach is
1. I use reading kingdom to teach well.. reading. My son loves this program, and it is one that I will buy after our review period with it finishes. We started it last year. You can find the review I wrote here. The amount of confidence my son has gained using reading kingdom speaks for itself. He's happy, I'm happy. He's a lad that using phonics doesn't work.. he can't hear the differences in many of the sounds... so the reading kingdom method works for him. :)
- We read chapter books (right now the Warrior series by Erin Hunter is a huge hit).
- We read interest books (right now we're going through a stack of books on insects/bugs/creepy crawlies).
- We read a Christian book of some sort .. biographies, missionary stories, short devotionals etc.
- We read one book of poetry... right now we're between poetry books as I haven't found one the lad likes...
THEN if we can, we take those books and we practice and do stuff with what we're learning. In history we learned about Illuminations. I was talking with the lad about how could WE do an illumination. Should I copy out a passage from the bible? Print out a black/white copy to colour in? Just what did he think would be good to do?
He said MOM.. can we make a poem from the Warriors book? And so.. he does Language arts WHILE cementing historical knowledge. Check out the poems the lad has helped created. They are based on three of the characters from Erin Hunters Series.
He loved Feathertail so
She died in a fight
On the Stalactite
So sad is Crowpaw
So much he saw.
Brambleclaw the bold
The story is told
Of a trail so long
The clan belong
The sun drown place
He set the pace
The trail home they took