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All About Spelling Level 1

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  • Item #: AASL1M
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  • Item #: 047969
    ISBN: 9781935197287
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    Level 1 Materials Packet includes phonogram chart & cards, tokens, sound cards, key cards, word cards, progress chart, certificate of achievement and stickers.

  • Item #: 044009
    ISBN: 9781935197041
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  • Item #: 003918
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    Contains the letter tiles, magnets for the letter tiles, and divider cards. These "interactive' components are used throughout the program at each level. The Basic Phonograms CD-ROM has been replaced by this app

  • Item #: 003921
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    A step up from the Basic Kit, with a few nice extras, this kit includes the letter tiles, magnets, divider cards, Spelling Review Box and a tote bag. The Basic Phonograms CD-ROM has been replaced by this app

  • Item #: 048660
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    By customer request, we are offering these individually. Set includes 108 sturdy laminated tiles, two each of letters A-Z, one each of the featured letter combinations, extra ‘E’s and ‘S’s, and several blank tiles. Tiles are 1” square and are micro-perforated, ready to be separated.

  • Item #: 048659
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    A sheet of adhesive-backed tear-apart magnet squares that can be affixed to the Letter Tiles.
  • Item #: 003928
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    12 laminated divider cards, designed to keep your Phonogram, Sound, Key, and Word Cards organized. Tabs for each group keep "review", "mastered" and "future lessons" cards separate. Divider cards measure 4.25"w x 2.75"h and are sized to fit into an index card box or Review box.

  • Item #: 003932
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    The "official" card storage box, large enough to hold the cards for all levels of the program. Box measures 8" l x 4.5" w x 3.5" h and includes foam spacers.
  • Item #: 050031
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    A collection of the entire set of phonogram cards included in all levels of All About Spelling. Same basic format yellow cardstock and perforated for easy separation with phonograms on the front side; sound and key word on the back side. 71 phonograms are included along with divider cards labeled review, mastered, and future lessons that can used with any file box. Replace lost or mutilated cards originally provided with the program; use them by themselves; or use with the letter tiles.

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  • Item #: MPSC3C
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  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683581
    Retail: $110.00
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    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 065885
    ISBN: 9781615387151
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      Building upon the skills learned in Level 1, or for a child who is comfortable with beginning phonics, arithmetic and writing skills, this level strengthens reading, writing and arithmetic through incremental practice and instruction. Approximate skill level is 6-8 cognitive years of age.

      Flexible to best meet the needs of your learner, there are 3 options for personalizing the lessons for your situation. First, is the 4-day schedule, which is the heart of the required lessons and is easy to follow. Families preferring a 5-day per week schedule will appreciate two options for a fifth day of learning. The first option schedules day 5 as a review day for additional practice and the second option is designed for more advanced learners and includes enrichment activities called “Delve Deeply.” These enrichment activities vary. A sampling includes simple science activities; a timeline; additional scripture reading; research etc. The beautiful thing about your day 5 options is that you can move between them. If you find your child struggles with concepts one week, use day 5 for review. Otherwise, use day 5 to learn more about a specific area your child has enjoyed or want to learn more. 

      This level is more academic than the preceding levels and focuses on first grade math skills, phonics and spelling, reading fluency, cursive writing skills, elementary grammar rules and composition skills. In addition, there are continued studies in Scripture with memorization and quality literature selections and poetry for listening and reading skills, and memorization. Integrated with the literature are vocabulary, history/geography, science, art and music. KJV Bible. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 034322
    ISBN: 9780825151040
    Retail: $21.00
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    What does it mean to badger someone? To bail out? To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth? To get a dose of one's own medicine? We have all of these sayings in the English language, and we use them everyday, but have you ever thought about what they really mean? Don't most of them sound kind of silly? This book is great for class discussion and is divided into 9 different categories of idioms: animal, business, body, clothes, color, food, medical, money, and number. Daily Warm-Ups can be used at the very beginning of class to get students into learning mode, near the end of class to make good educational use of the transitional time, in the middle of class to shift gears between lessons, or whenever else you have unused minutes.
  • Item #: PAOLWP
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    The Package includes the DVD-ROM, Teacher’s Manual, All About Spelling Level 1 and the Basic Interactive Kit.

  • Item #: 014528
    ISBN: 9781879478206
    Retail: $19.95
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    Do you want to see improved spelling in your students' writing? Research shows that 90% of English text consists of just 1000 words. This book focuses on teaching the most commonly used and misspelled words and ensuring that students of all ability levels receive intense instruction on core words. The book is divided into four main parts; Incredible English, Spelling and Teaching, Recommended Teaching Techniques, and Spelling Lists.

    The Incredible English chapter lists rules for spelling and then lists exceptions to the rules. It also compares the difficulty of spelling other languages to spelling English and covers the history of the how the English language has evolved. It also gives arguments for and against spelling reform in a humorous manner.

    The Spelling and Teaching section discussing ways a spelling program can be transferred to writing. Many students spell words correctly on tests but then forget to use the correct spelling in their writing. This part of the book gives ideas to keep that from happening. It discusses the importance of good spelling and explains why schools do not do a better job teaching it. It talks about the different types of memory a student uses to assist with spelling and gives suggestions for improvement.

    Recommended Teaching Techniques is the section of the book that suggests a few teaching methods that provide the greatest amount of practice in the least amount of time. Daily Practice provides six guided practices per word per day, each in about thirty seconds. Homework provides eleven independent practices per word per day, each in less than one minute. Diction provides distributed practice and allows the teacher to continually reinforce spellings, homophones, punctuation, capitalization, and form. Personal Words provide an optional method for dealing with misspellings in student writing in an effective and flexible way.

    The Spelling Lists section includes the 1000 Word Core List. It provides lists for grade levels K-6 and pretesting, review testing, and post-testing to assess students' learning. It also includes spelling rules and lessons and worksheets that correspond with the lists. This instructional book also includes a word bank and other teacher resources like a step-by-step checklist and challenge spelling lists. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 021838
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    Don't be fooled by the price tag on this product, the cards in this box are more than just a game. This box is full of vocabulary words – 550 in all – with fun illustrations, definitions, pronunciations, and more. Each card is about the size and weight of a playing card and is punched in one corner (place on the included ring to use on the go). On the front of each card is an original drawing in full color, which acts as a mnemonic and on the reverse is the word, part of speech, pronunciation, definition, sample sentence, synonyms and antonyms. For example, Card #101 features "bombastic." The definition given on the back of the card is that it is an adjective, which means "excessively confident; pompous." The drawing on the front of the card is of a young man wearing a shirt that says "the man" and he is saying of himself "I'm the bomb" – he is being pompous or bombastic. These original little drawings work well for visual learners, and are a great option for learning new vocabulary.

    You can use these cards to play the "Picture Words" game by placing any number of cards, picture side up, on the table. The object of the game is to guess the definition of the words using only the picture. If you guess correctly, you collect the card and the person with the most cards wins the game.

    Another option for play is "Marie's Wordsmith" game. One person, the wordsmith, pulls a card from the box, shows it to the other players, and reads the part of speech, pronunciation, and definition on the back of the card. Each player writes a sentence using the word, while the wordsmith copies the sentence from the back of the card. Mix all sentences together and earn a point every time you can choose the sentence that was copied from the back of the card.

    There is a lot of information packed on each of these cards, and they will help anyone make a visual connection to vocabulary words. Marie's Words can be used at any grade level kindergarten through 12 for some real vocabulary fun! - Donna

  • Item #: MPC1PK
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  • Item #: SSRWL1
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    Considering the approach, ease of use, content, child-appeal, benefits, effectiveness and cost of all the phonics programs we were familiar with, Sing, Spell, Read & Write was our choice for personal use. We have used several programs and read about many others. Although we didn't use this program in total with our children (because we extended the spelling, used italic handwriting instead of ball and stick, etc.) we did find it the most used and useful of those we tried. AND the results were wonderful! If you're looking for something to really lay it all out for you, something that works, is easy to use, and will have your child singing the letter sounds in days, followed closely by actually reading...this is what we recommend! Here are some of our reasons:

    The "raceway" theme is very appealing and motivating to children, who love tracking their success via race car around a track as they complete the 36 steps to independent reading.

    The songs are unquestionably contagious - children will sing and sing and sing and learn their letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending vowels and consonants, and digraphs almost effortlessly - and enjoy it! That is, if you can bear to listen to it sung over and over, multiplied by x times the number of children using it throughout the years.

    The 17 phonetic, full-color storybooks cover all 36 steps, providing immediate, rewarding reinforcement for the decoding skill just learned. This makes good sense.

    The games are not just fluff, but real fortification of phonetic skills. They are more fun, however, if you can play with more than one child.

    The teacher training videos included in the set will greatly aid you in understanding/teaching the phonics program - and give you the confidence to do it!

    Included is a complete, phonetic spelling program dove-tailing with the phonetic constructs being learned and a complete handwriting program (if you use ball and stick manuscript).

    thick, four-color workbooks include grammar and creative writing

    phonics songs are contained in both cassette and CD formats

    The two workbooks and the assessment book included in the set are the only consumables in the program. Replacements must be ordered from the publisher.

    To be honest, we have just a few quibbles :

    1. Some of the tapes/voices are not as clear or distinct as a perfectionist might demand. Some may go a little too "fast" for your taste - notably the ferris wheel song used to practice blending sounds smoothly. For us, this was a plus, since we kept at it until we could keep up with the song, resulting in perfect blending!

    2. The "prizes" included are...well...rather cheesy at best and who needs 4 or 5 yo- yos, several plastic magnifiers, multiple thin plastic bracelets, and numerous plastic sack puppets? When using with one child, one of each would do nicely. To alleviate this, see our special offer below.

     

  • Item #: 026103
    ISBN: 9781935197751
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  • Item #: 039229
    Retail: $64.99
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    From one homeschool mom to another. Everything in this program is designed to communicate "I'm a homeschool mom that taught my kids to read. It's easy. It's fun! You can do it, too. Have a great time." And I'm sure if you follow Diane Hopkins' step by step approach wrapped with loving teacher-student interaction, that's exactly the result you'll get. After going through the just-the-right-size (25 pages) Teacher's Guidebook and looking through the brightly colored cardstock that makes up the program, I'm happy with the appearance of the product and really, really impressed with the content.

    Starting at the very beginning, Mrs. Hopkins has boiled the entire process down into eight steps. And even if step seven (teach phonics units containing two or more letters) has seventeen parts, she's still managed to make a homeschool mom's most fearful task into something that seems remarkably ordinary and doable.

    The package contains the Happy Phonics Guidebook, "My Big Book" (an almost-to-the-end-of-the-program-reader) and lots of printed, brightly colored paper and cardstock – flashcards, game components, first little readers and spelling lists. The Guidebook contains the Eight Steps along with specific how-to instructions for each step. The essence of the program is to introduce the phonics concepts a few at a time and then play games for retention. The author suggests that lesson time be about 10 minutes a day, but you may want to factor in more time to play the games over and over just because the student wants to.

    The Guidebook is extremely user-friendly and written in first-person, mom-to-mom form. The step-by-step instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. All references to the games and other supplementary material are coded with little symbols found on the colored sheets. Practically foolproof! But just to be sure, there's a chart that lists which games/components are used with each teaching step. There's also a chart clearly laying out those seventeen phonics units that make up step seven. And, of course, the teaching aids are clearly marked for each unit.

    The teaching progression is common sense. Alphabet song; capital letters match lowercase letters; the main sound for each letter; blend letter sounds to form a word; teach common non-phonetic (sight) words; teach vowels that can make a second sound; teach through the phonic units; READ. Although she doesn't consider them absolutely necessary, the author does mention supplementary material that she likes and that her children have enjoyed – Lauri perception puzzles, Leap Frog Phonics Library, and the Explode the Code books. In fact, she changed her original letter presentation order (used with her older children) to conform to the Explode the Code books for her younger children and in this program. She also suggests various supplementary readers.

    The games and other reinforcement activities are obviously a central component of this program. Some preparation is involved, usually just cutting cards apart. I would be inclined to laminate (or cover with clear contact paper) some of the frequently-used cards and game layouts if I thought it likely I'd be using the program with a number of children. The games include some adapted favorites like Phonics Bingo and a number of creative originals like the Y Not? Game. The line art of the game components is not high tech graphics but still communicates the concept and looks inviting. Components of the games are color coded, with the little symbols marked on each game piece, so that you can easily unscramble things if they don't always get put away neatly.

    This program fits into the "complete program" category of phonics instruction, as it includes systematic phonics, reinforcement, and reading practice. The program gets your student reading on his own in an enjoyable way. Please note that it does not cover advanced syllabication, prefixes, and suffixes that tend to be found in second/third grade levels of some phonics programs. But it is an enjoyable program that will build the confidence of a newbie and provide ease of instruction for busy homeschooling mothers. All for a very reasonable price! - Janice

  • Item #: MPC7PK
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     This package includes:

    Horatius at Bridge(All-in-1 Poem Stdy Gd/Tst)

    Pre-Algebra Quizzes & Tests Answer Key

    Classical Comp IV: Refutatn/Confirmation Stdt

    Classical Comp IV: Refutatn/Confrmtn Tchr Gd

    Classical Comp IV: Refutation-Confirmatn DVD

    Exploring the World of Biology

    Third Form Latin Complete Set

    Spelling Workout 2001 Level H Student Edition

    Spelling Workout 2001 Level H Teacher Edition

    Book of Trees Package

    Exploring World of Biology Suppl Stdt ?s 2ED

    Exploring World of Biology Tchr Key/Tests 2ED

    Seventh Grade Curriculum Manual

    Core Skills: Language Arts 2014 Grade 7

    Story of the World Vol. 4: Modern Age sc

    Memoria Press Literature Seventh Grade Pkg

    Famous Men of Greece Set Book, Student, Tchr

    Christian Studies IV Reader

    Christian Studies Book IV Student

    Christian Studies Book IV Teacher Manual

    200 Questions About American History Stdnt Gd

    200 Questions About American History Tchr Gd

    Greek Alphabet Book

    Greek Alphabet Book Key

    Famous Men of Greece Flashcards

    Story of 13 Colonies & Great Republic Set

    Pre-Algebra Quizzes & Tests

    Pre-Algebra Textbook w/Answer Key

    Pre-Algebra Textbook Solutions Manual

    English Grammar Recitation Workbk IV Stdnt Bk

    English Grammar Recitation Workbk IV Tchr Gd

    200 Questions Abt American History Flashcards

  • Item #: MPC7CS
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    This package includes:

    Horatius at Bridge(All-in-1 Poem Stdy Gd/Tst)

    Famous Men of Greece Student Guide

    Classical Comp IV: Refutatn/Confirmation Stdt

    Book of Trees Student Guide

    Spelling Workout 2001 Level H Student Edition

    Exploring World of Biology Suppl Stdt ?s 2ED

    Core Skills: Language Arts 2014 Grade 7

    Anne of Green Gables Literature Stdt Study Gd

    Bronze Bow Literature Student Study Guide

    Hobbit Literature Student Study Guide

    Trojan War History Student Study Guide

    Christian Studies Book IV Student

    200 Questions About American History Stdnt Gd

    Greek Alphabet Book

    Third Form Latin Student Workbook

    Third Form Latin Quizzes & Tests

    Story of 13 Colonies & Great Republic Stdt Gd

    Pre-Algebra Quizzes & Tests

    English Grammar Recitation Workbk IV Stdnt Bk

  • Item #: MPC3PK
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  • Item #: FPAGR1
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  • Item #: 073647
    ISBN: 9781949119619
    Retail: $29.95
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     Workbook I for Upper Grade Levels, Lessons 1-18 introduces and practices the basic sounds of all 26 letters of the alphabet as well as a second pronunciation for the consonant spelling s (ss), |s| and |z| (gas, miss, as, his), the digraph ck and trigraph cks (pack, packs), and comparing cks to x. Workbook is consumable and about 115 pgs, pb. There are several exercises for each lesson: Read. Discuss, Spell (Ex 1); Rhyme These Words (Ex 2); Word Study (Ex 3); ABC Order (Ex 4); and Guide Words in the Dictionary (Ex 5). 

  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
    Retail: $0.00
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 059847
    Retail: $30.00
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    There is more to this program than what might initially meet the eye. Seemingly only a series of six smallish workbooks, these provide the structure for a one-on-one tutoring relationship that will give an older student the tools he/she needs to become a successful reader. Organized by phonics but aiming for mastery, not only of phonics-based words but also of sight words, the six books each have five lessons. At a mastery rate (achievable with consistent work) of one lesson per week, the series can be completed in about 8 months and will take the student from a just beginning reading level to a fifth level.

    Lessons follow a pattern. Phonics Word Reading provides lists of words – organized by phonics sound – for the student to read and master. Interestingly, although the lessons start with short vowel sounds – they also cover additional sounds. For instance, the short a lesson also includes r-controlled a and all/aw words. This part of the lesson also includes a list of “Challenge Words” – compound words related to the lesson sound. The Spelling portion of the lesson includes a word list for the student to read and learn to spell followed by activities (i.e., fill in the blanks, write words from list under pictures). Sight Words are covered by flashcard lists (can be reproduced and cut apart) and more fill-in-the-blank exercises. Reading practice takes the form of Bible Stories (one per lesson) taken from the Old Testament and in chronological order through the workbooks. The student first listens to the story, finds/marks sight words, completes review and comprehension exercises, reads the story and then retells it in his own words.

    Checklists abound in these books – an overall list in the back of the book and within each lesson – while the inside front cover is a Progress Chart. This is where the one-on-one tutoring design of the series becomes apparent. A Tutor Guide is included with each set of workbooks providing helpful information for the tutor as well as the expectations for the tutoring relationship. As a mastery program, flexibility, consistency, and positive reactions to student efforts are essentials for success. Before starting, students need to have a basic knowledge of the alphabet: recognize letters, say letter names, write the letters, and know the usual sounds of consonants. Additional tutor training videos are available as free downloads on the publisher’s website. Each book is 40 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 030039
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    Spelling drills can be boring, but make them into a computer game and suddenly kids will be begging to do them! This CD-ROM is full of games that provide spelling review and practice in a fun way. In a futuristic world, three creatures are vacationing on Planet Islandia when the mayor begs them to help him solve a local crime. Mumblers are stealing books, and it's up to the three pals to discover which Mumbler has taken which book. To get clues about the identity of the Mumbler, players travel to other islands, looking for clues. To actually "find" a clue, players must pass levels by conquering all the words in a word list (usually from the same word families). Players must fill in blanks, spell whole words, recognize spelling patterns and word families, use phonics and rhyming words, edit misspelled words, and unscramble jumbled words. But they don't just sit there typing words; players must shoot letter balls out of cannons, spell words correctly to cross a troll-guarded bridge, and complete other fun and action-packed activities to progress. Once players pass a level, they get a clue about the Mumbler, like what kind of hat he wore, the color of his shirt, etc. At the end, they'll be able to use the clues to select from many different Mumblers and find the culprit. It's a pretty fun game, with three different islands to explore as you're attaining clues. There's a word editor, so you can even add your own unique words to the game, though with 140 spelling lists, 29 storybooks, word puzzles, and over 1700 words, the game covers all the beginning words and word families that new spellers usually cover. Several players can store their progress at a time, so the game is good for more than one student. This is definitely a game worth checking out if you're having trouble getting your child excited about spelling. System requirements: Windows: Vista, XP, Pentium II 266 MHz or higher, 128 MB RAM, 100 MB free hard disk space, 16x CD-ROM drive; Macintosh: OS X, 10.1.5-10.4.10, 8.6-9.2.2, G3 233 MHz or faster processor, 64 MB RAM (128 MB for OS X), 100 MB free hard disk space. ~Rachel