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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 The Basic Phonograms CD-ROM has been replaced by this app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, a tote bag, and progress chart stickers. The Basic Phonograms CD-ROM has been replaced by this app

  • Item #: 047969
    ISBN: 9781935197287
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    ISBN: 9781935197324
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    ISBN: 9781935197331
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    ISBN: 9780635107107
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  • Item #: 014528
    ISBN: 9781879478206
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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

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  • Item #: 010713
    ISBN: 9781567047370
    Retail: $54.97
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    If you have used and liked Sing, Spell, Read & Write Level 1, here's the next step for you. Along with reviewing the phonics skills learned in Level 1, this program also integrates vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, grammar, proofreading, handwriting (manuscript and cursive) and reference skills. This level uses the phonics CD from the level 1 program; there are no CDs in this set. The Level 1 audio CD can be ordered separately if you didn't use the Level 1 program (see Level 1 materials). This is the kit for individual tutoring and it contains Grand Tour workbooks I and II, answer keys for each workbook, teacher's manual for cursive writing, a dry erase marker, and a miniature dry marker eraser. This program is easy to use, and there aren't a lot of cluttered plans to follow. Directions for everything except the handwriting are printed right in the student books, which are colorful and kid appealing. These consumable books are divided into 18 chapters each. Grand Tour I covers in order a short vowel review; two-vowel words; silent e words, 'c' as 's' words; 'āy,' 'y' as 'ī,' 'ge,' 'gi,' 'gy' as soft g and 'y' as 'ē;' 'ed' = 't' and 'ed' = 'd;' 'ed' says 'ed', silent e, double last consonant before adding a suffix; 'or' words; 'sh' and 'ch' words; 'er,' 'ir,' 'ur' words; 'th' & 'tch' words; 'ow,' 'ou,' and 'ew' words; 'qu' & 'wh' words; and 'ar' words. Grand Tour II includes: 'aw' and 'au;' 'ing,' 'ang,' 'ong,' 'ung,' 'oy' and 'oi;' 'ōō;' 'tion;' silent 'gh' words; 'ar' = 'or' and 'dge' = 'j;' 'ue,' 'x' = 'cks,' 'ie'='ē,' 'eā' = 'ā;' 'ea' = 'ĕ,' 'ear' = 'er,' changing 'f' to 'ves;' long 'I' & 'o,' 'u' = 'ŏŏ,' 'air;' 'ui' = 'ōō,' 'or' = 'er;' contractions, 'āre' = 'air,' 'a' = 'ŏ;' 'c' as 's,' silent 'w;' silent 'k' & 'l;' silent 'b,' 'g' and 'h;' silent 't,' 'qu' = 'k,' 'ph' = 'f;' 'ch' = 'k,' 'ss' = 'sh;' rule breakers & whacky words, 'ch' = 'sh,' 'ous;' and multi-syllable words. Lessons include a spelling and phonics rule, and a section on language arts skills. The concepts are accompanied by plenty of practice, which includes fill-in the blank, word scrambles, word searches, crosswords, proofreading, etc. There is no shortage of spelling words in this program. Word lists are printed on all of the pages except handwriting practice and proofreading pages. There are over 1400 spelling words in the level 2 program!

    The answer keys are black and white. They are small format student pages (4 per page) with the answers filled in.

    Block manuscript is practiced in Grand Tour I. Letters are presented and practiced in ABC order. The teacher's instructions are scripted so there is no room for error when teaching handwriting. Cursive is introduced and practiced in Grand Tour II. The back of each workbook has a high gloss finish and can be written on with the dry erase marker for practice. There are also handwriting practice pages in the lessons. This Homeschool edition of the program does a "grand" job of teaching the basics for spelling, reading and writing. Each workbook is 176 pages and is not reproducible. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 041682
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    Teaching language arts has never been so fun and easy! Watch your student’s eyes light up with understanding… English does make sense. With The Phonics Road, your student will learn to spell and write as well as they read.

    Combining seven (7) language arts skills in one program?! YES!

    Complete video teacher training through every word, rule, and lesson? YES!

    Everything you need already included? YES!

    Easy to learn/Easy to teach? YES!!

    Something for every student’s learning style? YES!

    Extra help and resources for our teachers? YES!

    Help stop/reverse Dyslexia? YES!

    Homeschool Friendly? YES!

    Charter/Flex School Friendly? YES!

    School Friendly? YES!

    There are four levels in The Phonics Road system. Each new level builds upon the skills learned in previous levels. This allows students starting with any skill level to become great spellers, writers and readers – FAST!

    This method creates greater results, in a shorter time span and with less homework.

    The Phonics Road Level Three is designed to follow Level Two. This level continues to add to the skills your students began building in previous levels and includes all 7 language arts skills: Spelling, Handwriting, Reading, English Grammar, Composition, and Literature Studies with an Introduction to Latin while incorporating Music, Art, and History. As the teacher, you are guided step by step in how to teach all these skills seamlessly, with ease and confidence.

    By the time students reach Level Three we recommend that teachers use the full school year to complete it at its intended pace.

    In Level Three, we have produced and provide twenty-one (21) hours of explicit teacher training via our video/text. This is the core of the curriculum and allows even a new teacher to begin teaching this method and level with very little preparation time needed. You also receive the physical pieces for both teacher and student. This includes the Teacher’s Blueprints (manual), with Literature Study Guides, Irregular Verb Memory Game, and the Student Workbook, Student’s Designing Cards, Student Literature Workbooks with the books Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin and Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman, by Marguerite Henry.

    It’s still as easy as 1-2-3…

  • 1) The Teacher views the video/text for the week’s lesson (averages about 30-45 minutes per week) …
  • 2) …and using the completed Teachers Blueprints provided, takes any notes needed for that day.
  • 3) Follow exactly what was modeled on the video and begin with your students.
  • The magic of this method continues through the interaction between teacher and students, building reasoning and thinking skills. Each student will continue to learn with their natural learning-style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) while strengthening the others. This continues to create success for both the teacher and the students!

    “I am so grateful to you for putting this information in a format that I can use. I wish every child could be taught English this way! …I wish there were a way to convince everyone to pay the price to get this program. I know from first-hand experience and much research that teaching this method from the very beginning will prevent so many learning disorders later on. Someday I would like to use this method to tutor children who are having difficulty reading.” - Lori R.

    “Our kids have been tested [via the standardized testing] and, at 2nd and 3rd grade, are at mid-fourth and fifth grade reading levels, respectively. After abandoning many other “intensive phonics” programs, I am so glad I chose The Phonics Road… it really works!” -Matt S.

    (Publisher Description)
  • Item #: 026850
    ISBN: 9780130449788
    Retail: $34.00
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    This is a ready-to-use spelling program for anybody who struggles with spelling difficulties from fourth grade through adult. Learning to spell through memorization just doesn't work for some people, and that is where this program comes in. Since approximately 85% of the English language follows consistent patterns and rules, this program focuses on its structural regularity. There are six basic concepts taught: sounds, syllables, word building, rules, generalizations, and compensatory strategies (for words not spelled in a regular way). There are two sections. The first addresses issues and concerns about how students feel about spelling, tests for checking student's knowledge in certain areas of spelling (like consonants, vowels, blends, digraphs, and sound/symbol correspondences), guidelines for assessing the student's needs, ways to teach irregular words, how and when to teach homonyms, teaching dictionary skills, and checking spelling with computers. The second section contains the 40 lessons. Each lesson consists of these same parts: getting started, introducing new information, practicing with individual words, practicing spelling in context, reinforcing activities, and extra interesting facts. Everything needed to present the lesson is given in the book. The philosophy and methodology of each part of the lessons are described in the introduction. Knowing this will help the teacher effectively present the lessons and activities to the student, helping them gain the confidence they need to succeed and excel. The activities are varied and interesting, and all 200 consumable activity sheets in the book are reproducible. This is a complete program for individual students or small group instruction, starting with the basics and working up. Each lesson takes several days to complete, though that pace can be determined according to the needs of the student. Answers included. 415 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 052115
    Retail: $31.99
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    Looking for spelling re-enforcement for an older student after your spelling program runs out? Look no further. Beezi contains 2000 spelling words on 500 cards, each with four levels of difficulty. At the Killer Bee (highest) level, everyone will be learning new vocabulary words (meretricious, cisalpine). Even the Honey Bee (easy) level words are no spelling gimme's (obscene, fragrance). Besides the word, cards contain phonetic spelling, part of speech, definition, and origin. All levels are in play at the same time, with players advancing farther depending on the difficulty level of the word. Another nice feature of the game is that all players are spelling every word; if the player who's turn it is gets the spelling wrong, all other players with the correct spelling advance. This game for up to 6 players takes about an hour to complete.

    Traditional word search games are challenging, but lack a certain amount of…excitement. How about a head-to-head word search competition for 2-4 players? The round board is set in the middle of the table, the printed letter grid is inserted on the board and the squeezable noise-maker is placed within reach of all. The outside edge of the letter grid shows the words to find, but is obscured by the opaque edge of the board. One small gap reveals the word to be found. All players try to find this word and the first player who does so grabs and squeezes the noise-maker, points out the word, and covers that word with his colored markers. The winner is the player with the most colored markers on the board. Simple to learn and quick to play. Comes with 10 double-sided grid cards. An expansion set is also available containing 10 additional double-sided cards.

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 052639
    ISBN: 9780794528072
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    Clever, colorful wipe-off cards will make tricky words less of a chore to learn. Each card has 3 words at the bottom and 3 spaces to write at the top. A guide tells kids how to use the cards. Look at the word first, read it carefully. Say the word and try to remember how to spell it. Cover the word and write it in the box at the top of the card. Check your answer by revealing the word. More tips include learning words in groups with similar letter combinations. Think of an expression using the word to help you remember it. Picture the word in your head or break the word into smaller bits. Cards are color coded by spelling rules so you could cover one color per week. Examples of the words on the cards are: happiness, receive, Wednesday, knuckle, sphere, and lightning. You get 50 cards (300 words) and a wipe-off marker. ~ Sara

    Improve students' spelling and writing as they read jokes, cartoons and riddles. It's a fun and interactive way to practice lessons independently using a Hot Dots pen (#26290, not included in either set). Kids get instant feedback. As they press the pen to the right answer, they are rewarded with a green light. An incorrect answer makes the pen glow red. It also gives out encouraging phrases and fun sound effects. Each set has 100 grade level words. Grade 1-3 Set works on short/long vowels, r-controlled vowels, blends/digraphs, sight words, plurals, contractions, homophones, and more. Here is an example. (Riddle): "What animal is ___ all the time? Answer: A blue whale!" The dot choices are: a. sade, b. sadd, c. sad, d. sed. Grade 4-6 Set provides practice with special vowel combinations, contractions, plurals, suffixes, homophones, silent letters, and more. An example: "What does a caveman give his wife on her ___? Ughs and kisses!" Choose from: a. burthday, b. berthday, c. birfday, d. birthday. ~Sara

  • Item #: 041678
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    Level One

    Teaching language arts has never been so fun and easy! Watch your student’s eyes light up with understanding… English does make sense. With The Phonics Road, your student will learn to spell and write as well as they read.

    Combining seven (7) language arts skills in one program?! YES!

    Complete video teacher training through every word, rule, and lesson? YES!

    Everything you need already included? YES!

    Easy to learn/Easy to teach? YES!!

    Something for every student’s learning style? YES!

    Extra help and resources for our teachers? YES!

    Help stop/reverse Dyslexia? YES!

    Homeschool Friendly? YES!

    Charter/Flex School Friendly? YES!

    School Friendly? YES!

    There are four levels in The Phonics Road system. Each new level builds upon the skills learned in previous levels. This allows students starting with any skill level to become great spellers, writers and readers – FAST!

    This method creates greater results, in a shorter time span and with less homework.

    Level One sets the foundations for 5 of 7 language arts skills: Spelling, Handwriting, Reading, English Grammar and Composition, incorporating Music, Art, and History. As the teacher, you are guided step by step in how to teach all these skills seamlessly, with ease and confidence.

    Level One is designed to begin with students between 5-7 years old. Students between 2nd – 4th grade would also begin here, but learn at a faster pace.

    In Level One, we have produced and provide twenty-three (23) hours of explicit teacher training via our video/text. This is the core of the curriculum and allows even a new teacher to begin teaching this method with very little preparation time needed. You also receive the physical pieces for both teacher and students. This includes the Teacher’s Blueprint (manual), Teacher’s Drill Cards, and Student Workbook, Student Tool Cards, 20 First Readers, and Practice Clipboard with Wet Erase Pen. Rule Tunes for this Level sung for you on the teacher’s video/text and are also available separately.

    Implementing The Phonics Road is as easy as 1-2-3…

    1. 1) The Teacher views the video-text for the day’s lesson (averages about 5-6 minutes) …
    2. 2) …and using the completed Teachers Blueprints provided, takes any notes needed for that day.
    3. 3) Follow exactly what was modeled on the video and begin with your students.

    The magic of this method comes in the interaction between teacher and students, building reasoning and thinking skills from the very beginning. Also, each student can learn with their natural learning-style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) while practicing the others. This creates success for both the teacher and the students!

    Throughout each level, sounds and words are taught from the most common to least common. Students have ample opportunity to create long term memory by recalling information that was previously taught when they come to the next word in the list to which that rule applies. We do not teach a rule and then a list of words that apply to that rule. Our process encourages students to think and reason through the information, rather than just memorize it.

    “By week 18, my son is in love with spelling and reading. Just 18 weeks prior, he would cry if we mentioned either. The joy on his face after he reads a sentence is priceless. He reads to his older siblings and they share in his joy. He recently informed us that he used to feel ashamed of himself because he couldn't read, but now he knows he’s not just ‘math smart’. This product is worth every penny and much, much more.” -Mandy A.

    “The Phonics Road has filled in all the gaps, answered all my questions and has given me the confidence I need to continue teaching. The Phonics Road is all I need. It always bothered me that almost all the curriculum I previewed teaches reading, spelling, writing and phonics separately. I am so thankful that I found The Phonics Road!” -Secily W.

    (Publisher Description)
  • Item #: 029774
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $298.00

    Teaching language arts has never been so fun and easy! Watch your student’s eyes light up with understanding… English does make sense. With The Phonics Road, your student will learn to spell and write as well as they read.

    Combining seven (7) language arts skills in one program?! YES!

    Complete video teacher training through every word, rule, and lesson? YES!

    Everything you need already included? YES!

    Easy to learn/Easy to teach? YES!!

    Something for every student’s learning style? YES!

    Extra help and resources for our teachers? YES!

    Help stop/reverse Dyslexia? YES!

    Homeschool Friendly? YES!

    Charter/Flex School Friendly? YES!

    School Friendly? YES!

    There are four levels in The Phonics Road system. Each new level builds upon the skills learned in previous levels. This allows students starting with any skill level to become great spellers, writers and readers – FAST!

    This method creates greater results, in a shorter time span and with less homework.

    The Phonics Road Level Four is designed to follow Level Three. This level completes the skills your students have been building in The Phonics Road and includes all 7 language arts skills: Spelling, Handwriting, Reading, English Grammar, Composition, and Literature Studies with an Introduction to Latin while incorporating Music, Art, and History. As the teacher, you are guided step by step in how to finish teaching all these skills seamlessly, with ease and confidence.

    In Level Four, we have produced and provide twenty-two (22) hours of explicit teacher training via our video/text. This is the core of the curriculum and allows even a new teacher to begin teaching this method and level with very little preparation time needed. You also receive the physical pieces for both teacher and student. This includes the Teacher’s Blueprint Manual, with Literature Study Guide, and the Student Workbook, Student Literature Study and the book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham.

    It’s still as easy as 1-2-3…

  • 1) The Teacher watches the video/text for the week’s lesson (averages about 30-45 minutes per week) …
  • 2) …and using the completed Teachers Blueprints provided, takes any notes needed for that day.
  • 3) Follow exactly what was modeled on the video and begin with your students.
  • The magic of this method continues through the interaction between teacher and students, building advanced reasoning and thinking skills. Each student will continue to learn with their natural learning-style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) while mastering the others. This continues to create success for both the teacher and the students!

    “I wish Barbara had been my grammar teacher. I feel like I'm learning alongside my student. There are many things in The Phonics Road programs that were never explained to me as a student.” – Emma M.

    “Even with my PhD, I realized just looking at the knowledge I have gained, and the ability to read, decode, spell, and memory my students have gained, this program is without peers when it comes to English Language Arts for the Elementary age.” - Phil D.

  • Item #: 041680
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $288.00

    Teaching language arts has never been so fun and easy! Watch your student’s eyes light up with understanding… English does make sense. With The Phonics Road, your student will learn to spell and write as well as they read.

  • Combining seven (7) language arts skills in one program?! YES!
  • Complete video teacher training through every word, rule, and lesson? YES!
  • Everything you need already included? YES!
  • Easy to learn/Easy to teach? YES!!
  • Something for every student’s learning style? YES!
  • Extra help and resources for our teachers? YES!
  • Help stop/reverse Dyslexia? YES!
  • Homeschool Friendly? YES!
  • Charter/Flex School Friendly? YES!
  • School Friendly? YES!
  • There are four levels in The Phonics Road system. Each new level builds upon the skills learned in previous levels. This allows students starting with any skill level to become great spellers, writers and readers – FAST!

    This method creates greater results, in a shorter time span and with less homework.

    The Phonics Road Level Two is designed to follow Level One. This level will add to the skills your students began building in Level One and includes 6 of 7 language arts subjects: Spelling, Handwriting, Reading, English Grammar, Composition, and Literature Studies while incorporating Music, Art, and History. As the teacher, you are guided step by step in how to teach all these skills seamlessly, with ease and confidence.

    Level Two is designed to begin only after completing Level One. Students between 3rd – 4th grade would also complete this level at a faster-than-average pace before continuing to Level Three.

    In Level Two, we have produced and provide twenty (20) hours of explicit teacher training via our video/text. You also receive the physical pieces for both teacher and student. This includes the Teacher’s Blueprints (manual), with Literature Study Guide, and the Student Workbook, Student Literature Study, and the book Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingles Wilder.

    The literature studies for each year were chosen for their appeal to both boys and girls. Activities for each study are based on the content of each story… for this year these include seasons, wild animals, historical settings, and more! The literature studies provided are not intended to be the only reading material for the year. Be sure to provide plenty of additional reading options for your students over the coming years. We recommend that they read between 2-4 grade level books per month during the school year. And summer reading programs are always encouraged!!!

    It’s still as easy as 1-2-3…

  • 1) The Teacher views the video/text for the week’s lesson (averages about 30-45 minutes per week) …
  • 2) …and using the completed Teachers Blueprints provided, takes any notes needed for that day.
  • 3) Follow exactly what was modeled on the video and begin with your students.
  • The magic of this method continues through the interaction between teacher and students, building reasoning and thinking skills. Each student will continue to learn with their natural learning-style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) while practicing the others. This continues to create success for both the teacher and the students!

    “My 3rd-grader has gone from not being able to spell simple words to being able to write a sentence dictated to him such as, “Some fish live in lakes and rivers.” He got the entire sentence spelled correctly with punctuation correct with no help from me! This is huge for him and me!” -Alison W

    “We “quick-started” through Level One in May and we finished it with my 2nd- and 3rd-graders in November. I have seen so much improvement in their spelling and their ability to write. We are now doing Level Two and enjoying it immensely. I am a big fan of this program and even wrote a review of it for my homeschool group.” -Jaime J.

    (Publisher Description)
  • Item #: 041931
    ISBN: 9781400096220
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    For those who want to truly dig in to the classic English poem about Beowulf and his three battles with monsters, this edition by Howell D. Chickering, Jr. provides all you need. It includes an informative introduction about the poem's plot, themes, structure, and style, a guide to reading the poem aloud as it was originally intended to be, notes on its background, critical commentary, and more. The poem is presented in Anglo-Saxon Old English on left-hand pages and the modern English translation on right-hand pages. The back of the book contains translations of many Old English words into modern English, so students can translate eight of the most famous passages into modern English on their own. This edition will give students a deep understanding of the first major poem in English literature. 446 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683093
    Retail: $98.00
    Rainbow Price: $73.95
    "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 #: 034322
    ISBN: 9780825151040
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50
    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 #: 032718
    ISBN: 9781592690633
    Retail: $159.95
    Rainbow Price: $90.95
    The McRuffy Third Grade program picks up where grade two leaves off, and incorporates phonics, spelling, reading, language, creative writing and handwriting.

    The emphasis on phonics is less at this grade level. Phonics rules are reviewed and applied to more complex words. The phonics scope & sequence for third grade includes blends, long & short vowels, vowel & consonant digraphs, three and four letter vowel sounds, r-controlled vowels, 3-letter beginnings, ending blends, compound words, broad o sound, exceptions to rules, silent letters, hard and soft 'g' and 'c,' suffixes, root words, and number prefixes.

    Reading material is focused more on developing other reading skills, such as comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development, and an interest in reading. Questions in the teacher's manual vary to reach different thinking levels: basic knowledge, application, synthesis, analysis, inference and evaluation. Students are asked to convey material from their own experience, from their reading, or to make predictions about what happens next.

    Grammar and other language arts follow a weekly pattern which may vary occasionally. Day 1 has an emphasis on word structure and introduces vocabulary. Day 2 focuses on sentence structure and grammar. Day 3 emphasizes higher level language skills, such as analogies and categorizing. Day 4 incorporates creative writing, which is basically a story starter, and Day 5 deals with the larger text structure, such as inference and the main idea of the story.

    Handwriting sentences feature vocabulary and spelling words. There are reproducible cursive practice sheets in the Language Arts test pack and handwriting practice masters, found in the complete kit. The handwriting book (#31126, 31127, or 31128) isn't included in the complete kit. They are optional and the program can be completed without them.

    The teacher's manual has plans for 160 lessons. Each lesson begins by stating the objectives for that lesson. Each objective is marked according to its category P (phonics), S (spelling), R (reading), L (language), CW (creative writing), and H (handwriting). A list of materials needed for that lesson is next and includes pages in the student workbook, reader, spelling word list, etc. The third section of the lesson is the "Teaching." This is the actual lesson, and it couldn't be easier. Some lessons are scripted, and have words in bold print that can be read directly to the students. You can modify the scripting to fit your style, but it's nice to have the suggested wording. Answers to the student workbooks are also included. A scope and sequence for phonics and language are in the front of the book, along with spelling lists, reading list, and vocabulary list. The teacher's manual only comes in the set.

    This would be a wonderfully comprehensive program for third grade. However, punctuation isn't really taught beyond the very basics. You may want to add your own grammar component to round this program out. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 031495
    ISBN: 9781939394002
    Retail: $47.95
    Rainbow Price: $42.95

    The Way They See It is Artistic Pursuits for 3-5 year-olds (and their parents). It's formatted a bit differently from the rest of the series in that it is written to the parent to help them understand children's artistic development, as well as develop a child's creativity and fine motor skills. The book is composed of two main parts: "The Nature of Children's Artistic Development" and "First Skills." Each lesson contains a portion written for the parent followed by a project for the child. The parent's portion will help them appreciate and foster the child's creative process while also offering practical advice for tackling the project. 36 projects include finger-painting, looking at the colors of the sky and coloring a picture of the sky with crayons, rolling or pressing textured objects into dough, drawing a picture from life, creating a paper bag puppet, drawing a plant, drawing a life-size outline of the child and coloring it in, adding horizon lines to a picture and much more. Many projects also include art reproductions and accompanying questions about the art for discussion. The last section of the book provides guidance for parents to teach their children how to use art supplies properly, such as scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, tape, brushes and paint. For each tool, practical skill-building exercises are suggested. If you want to provide gentle but purposeful art instruction to your youngest students, this is an excellent resource to guide you.

    Materials used in each level are listed below each title. With the arrival of the 3rd edition books, we have tracked down all of the recommended art supplies and have made complete packages for each book. Where specific brands are recommended by the author, we have included those exact items. In other cases, we have tried to match the art supplies as closely as possible to what Artistic Pursuits offers in their own art supply kits. For more details on a supply item, see individual item descriptions in our Art Supplies section. - Jess

    Two pencils are needed at this level.

    Four panels are needed for the course.

    Two packages are needed for course.

    Four pencils are needed for the course.

    Two nibs are needed for the course.

    How Great Thou Art Text Courses

  • Item #: 059847
    Retail: $30.00
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    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 #: 041377
    ISBN: 9780739037768
    Retail: $35.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95
    This is a brand new series from Alfred. The obvious question would be, "How is this series different from Alfred's Basic Piano Course?" Well, there are many differences, from minor changes in the way concepts are introduced to more significant changes such as the fact that this course uses a "non-position" approach (meaning that it doesn't rely on specific fingers for specific keys). Some of the things that make this course unique are: 1) Students learn to name notes without having to correlate them with a position. 2) Bass clef is introduced first, as many students end up weaker in this area. 3) Rhythm is taught using multi-note patterns rather than single notes. 4) Ear training and sight reading are both integrated into the course. 5) Parents are utilized as a key to the success of their child. For additional information, visit www.premierpianocourse.com to learn more about what makes this program different.

    This course was developed to be comprehensive, appealing to students, and student, teacher, and parent-friendly. It features new music, attractive illustrations, and thoughtful organization. The lesson book is the main focus of the course. It covers note reading, sight reading, rhythm reading, and technical workouts accompanied by fun musical arrangements and colorful illustrations. An included CD holds all of the music at both performance speeds as well as slower practicing speeds. To complement the lesson book, there is a theory book which focuses on music theory, a performance book (also with a CD) offering additional music to play, and an at-home book which encourages parents to get involved in practice time by seeing what the child is working on and helping them review the concepts they've learned in between lessons. The books are clearly marked for simple use along with the lesson book. A set of flash cards to help with sight reading and learning music symbols and patterns is also included. All of the components are packaged in a vinyl, zippered storage case.

  • Item #: 027210
    ISBN: 9781932359299
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    A cross between Guess Who? and Wheel of Fortune, this is a word game where it pays to be observant and word smart. Both players select a word from a card, each having the same number of letters. Each player slips the card into their holder, so only they can see the word, and then they start shooting the questions. "Does your letter have an 'S'? "How about a 'B'? As you eliminate letters, flip them down on your board, and as you guess correctly, pull up a little tab on the flip-up letter holder. The first player to guess the correct answer wins the round. Players can play through all words on a card to finish the game… or just keep on playing. I can see how this could be addictive! Great game for early readers and kids as well to think in an abstract way about what letters make up words. - Jess

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 001053
    ISBN: 9780521787468
    Retail: $62.50
    Rainbow Price: $56.25
    Sing, Spell, Read & Write continues a fine tradition in this grammar program. It is written to follow the Level 2: Grand Tour program. Grammar Plus covers reading, writing, spelling, phonics, speaking and comprehension. The kit includes the teacher's manual, Trophy Book I, Trophy Book II and a music cassette to be used with Trophy Book II.

    Trophy Book I is divided into sections of concepts to be covered. The first section is on alphabetic order. Section 2 is sentence concepts including complete and incomplete sentences, subject and predicate, and types of sentences. Section 3 is capitalization rules including beginning of sentences, the word I, names, months, days, holidays, initials, titles of people, books, plays, etc. and when writing a letter. Spelling I is the fourth section of the student book. There are 95 lists of 10 words each. Spelling lists are given alphabetically and include a review of some words from earlier levels.

    Trophy Book II covers writing letters, writing stories, language manners, parts of speech, practical reading skills and Spelling II. Letter writing covers parts of a letter, envelopes, invitations, friendly letter, thank-you letter and letter of welcome. Writing Stories includes using I last, antonyms, classification exercises, complete sentence answers, writing sentences in story form and writing 'pretend' stories. Section III is Word Usage and includes did/done, ate/eaten, don't/doesn't, came/come, gave/given. Language Manners is section 4 and includes how to introduce people. Sections V-XIV presents parts of speech in order: nouns, verbs, articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions and interjections. Section XV is Practical Reading Skills and includes how to read a calendar, table of contents, index, menu, tv guide, weather report, emergency list, signs and labels. Spelling II is the same format as Spelling I, which is 95 lists of 10 words each.

    Each lesson presents a concept with exercises for practice. Exercises include short answer, fill-in-the-blank, listing, matching, underlining parts of speech, correcting sentences, etc. The spelling section in each book allows space for the student to write the word and an activity to go along with each list. Activities include word searches, word scrambles, word clues and crosswords.

    The cassette in this kit includes "The Preposition Song" and "Parts of Speech Song." These songs are used in Trophy Book II to help learn the concepts.

    The teacher's manual is a spiral bound answer key. It includes student pages with the answers and an explanation of the program. Now you can sing your way to better grammar with the help of the Grammar Plus Kit. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 005780
    ISBN: 9780064431439
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.50

    This is a tale about a peddler, but not any ordinary peddler - this one carries his hats balanced on his head! After he walks a while, he decides to take a rest underneath a tree. Just to be sure, he checks that all of the caps are there and in place before he takes a nap. When he wakes up, he feels refreshed, rested, and happy... until he realizes his caps are all gone! Wherever did they go?

  • Item #: 015284
    ISBN: 9781885814296
    Retail: $59.95
    Rainbow Price: $55.95
    The synthesis of years of planning, teaching, writing, and testing, this "Guide to Teach Your Child to Read" is truly inspirational! It incorporates so many great ideas and methods in an unforced, natural manner that it had to be written by a homeschooling mom! Valerie Bendt, author and homeschooling mother of six, has provided yet another wonderful tool to help us teach efficiently, effectively and personally! The course consists of 108 lessons which the author recommends using at the rate of 3 lessons per week with review and reinforcement of skills in between. Employing an approach similar to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, this low-stress (for teacher and student), gentle format allows you to sit alongside your child and enjoy a one-on-one adventure in learning to read. While Valerie has borrowed some great ideas from methods employed in that volume, her offering is distinctively different, too - both in format and, more notably, implementation. While both volumes are constructed as beginning reading programs (not intended as totally comprehensive phonics instruction), the instruction in Reading Made Easy goes far beyond teaching phonics rules to become a more fluid and total age- and skill-appropriate language arts presentation for the beginning reader. Valerie's program also puts much more emphasis on the value and enjoyment of reading and on instilling a love of the written word in your child than any other phonics/reading program I've seen. She incorporates multi-sensory learning that will appeal to children of all learning modalities, using both kinesthetic manipulation (via cards and drawings) and auditory exercises. Whether instinctively or deliberately, she has created an almost ideal reading program to incorporate many of the "multiple-intelligences" as well! But, enough with the praise! On to the nuts and bolts of the program! Like Teach Your Child..., the lessons are meant to be taught side-by-side, preferably close enough to snuggle. Scripted lessons generally begin with skill review and practice, then progress to introduction of new phonetic constructs (and/or sight words) and end with reading practice. A special system of marking is used to enable the beginning reader to quickly master new and unfamiliar rules. Stories are all captivating, entertaining, and illustrated with a simple black-and-white illustration. Reading comprehension is incorporated in the reading exercises even at the earliest levels. Both volumes will have your child reading simple chapter books by the end of instruction. This is where the similarities end. Now for the differences in both format and content. While Teach Your Child... uses larger type face in the beginning, progressing to a smaller (but still bolder) typeface at book's end, Valerie employs a consistent point size throughout. The type size is roughly the same as the ending type in Teach Your Child.... This will be better with older beginning readers, but may deter the very young reader. However, the marking system used in Reading Made Easy is less distracting. Teach Your Child... uses overlines to indicate long vowels and makes silent letters smaller (in comparison). Consonant digraphs are shown by actually joining the letters. When you put this all together it looks a little - well, funny. The reader is weaned from these special markings by the end of the volume, however, and typeset becomes consistent. Valerie uses more evenly-sized lettering throughout, graying short vowels, bolding long ones, and "ghosting" silent letters (forming them with dots instead of solid lines). Blends and digraphs are circled, a visual cue that they work as a phonetic unit. This system of marking is employed throughout the program in reading sections. Some weaning is done in copywork and sentence work, however. As a whole, the text has a less cluttered appearance than Teach Your Child. I appreciate Valerie's scripted text being in a different font rather than in the red ink found in the latter. Missing also are the arrows beneath every practice letter, word, and sentence. If your child has an extremely difficult time with left-to-right tracking, you might appreciate the arrows; if not, it just adds extra busy-ness to the page. I do miss the stand-out bolding found in Teach Your Child. Some children may find it easier to ignore the rest of the writing on the pages if their "part" really stands out. If you plan on using Italic Handwriting, Valerie's use of LucidaSansSchool font (used in Portland State's Italic Handwriting program) will appeal. If you plan on using a pre-cursive (or modern manuscript) program, ditto. Reading Made Easy also uses a written "a" while Teach Your Child uses a typeset "a". Reading Made Easy covers a little more phonics "ground" than Teach Your Child and includes a list of phonetic constructs at the end of the book for concepts not covered in the body of the book. The biggest differences in the two programs, though, is in their implementation. Lessons in Reading Made Easy are far more "spontaneous" and offer more variety in format. Impromptu games and activities are sprinkled liberally throughout, giving the program a more playful nature. Parents construct Sight Word Worms and a Sight Word Bingo game to help children add critical sight words to their reading repertoire. The incorporation of these in stories then results in more natural, interesting reading selections. Children are encouraged to flex their artistic wings by duplicating simple illustrations and writing is incorporated as they first write sentences, then stories to accompany them. Index cards are used extensively (buy lots of them!) for preparing aids to learn word and sentence construction. Many lessons include putting words from a simple sentence on cards (one word per card and usually marked using Valerie's notations), mixing, then having your child reconstruct the sentence. This kinesthetic activity helps children understand capitalization, ending punctuation, and sentence construction from early on. While all lessons include a short reading selection to reinforce your instruction, the final lessons in Reading Made Easy contain a real chapter book. In each of twelve lessons, you read a chapter of the story after which your child reads a simpler (but not too watered-down) adaptation written at his level of reading ability. Copywork is also included in most lessons (in the tradition of Ruth Beechick), but the author suggests omitting it if your child's fine motor skills are not ready for additional writing. One final feature that every mom will appreciate is ending each lesson with read-aloud time from a book of your choice (Valerie has thoughtfully included a list of recommended picture and chapter books in the ending section of the book). We all know that reading to our children regularly increases both reading aptitude and appreciation. This inclusion assures that we will make the time for it and provides our children with a fitting "reward" for completing each lesson. Reading Made Easy is now available in paperback format or on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains .pdf files of all pages and a 55-minute audio workshop entitled "Teaching Your Child to Read."
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