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  • Item #: 053591
    ISBN: 9781481481342
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  • Item #: 047613
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    Bath time, pool time – any water play is a great time for Fishys! Just pop in 2 AAA batteries (not included), switch on, and off they go with realistic movements. Watch as the Jellyfishy floats and bobs around the pool, bathtub, aquarium, whatever, with tentacles swaying and color changing lights in its head. Jellyfishy are about 5” long; motor is enclosed in plastic, but keep away from hair! Sold individually, styles may vary. We’ll assort on orders of more than one. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 056815
    ISBN: 9781615380077
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    The worktexts are 70 - 108 pages each and contain half letter presentation, blending, and reading practice and half writing practice space. Black and white line art drawings are also included to color.

  • Item #: 056816
    ISBN: 9781615380084
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    The worktexts are 70 - 108 pages each and contain half letter presentation, blending, and reading practice and half writing practice space. Black and white line art drawings are also included to color.

  • Item #: 056817
    ISBN: 9781615380091
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    The worktexts are 70 - 108 pages each and contain half letter presentation, blending, and reading practice and half writing practice space. Black and white line art drawings are also included to color.

  • Item #: 056818
    ISBN: 9781615381326
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    The worktexts are 70 - 108 pages each and contain half letter presentation, blending, and reading practice and half writing practice space. Black and white line art drawings are also included to color.

  • Item #: 037828
    ISBN: 9781615386895
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    To provide more reading practice as well as experience with more difficult phonics concepts, First Start Book E provides the perfect preparation for transitioning into StoryTime Treasures, Memoria Press’ first grade reading/literature guides. Each of the eight lessons focuses on a particular phonics concept and each include a story.

  • Item #: 059275
    ISBN: 9780545734097
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      These beginning readers combine the approach of Graded Reading Levels with phonics and are a great companion to Bob Books Sight Words and Beginning Readers Set 1. The engaging stories focus on a kindergarten reading level with one-syllable words and short vowels. There is plenty of repetition and controlled vocabulary to give children success in their reading. Printed in black and white with one color accents, the box includes twelve books that progress gently through Graded Reading Levels A, B, and C.

  • Item #: 008253
    ISBN: 9780972860314
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    The Ordinary Parent’s Guide by Jessie Wise shares the phonics teaching methodology first utilized with her own children. While Part 1 starts right off with phonics lessons, Part 2 includes information to prepare and encourage a young child to be a reader, manage the reading session, and provide a complete index to the lessons with questions and answers. Phonics instruction includes: short-vowel sounds; consonant sounds; short-vowel words; two-consonant blends; consonant digraphs; three-consonant beginning blends; long-vowel sounds; silent-e words; long-vowel sound spellings; other vowel sound spellings; other spellings for short-vowel sounds; silent letters; r-changed vowels; two-syllable words; other letter patterns and silent letters; possessive words and contractions; other spellings for the long-e sound; plural and hyphenated words; three-syllable words; endings, suffixes, and prefixes; more letter patterns; and a final section on homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Occasionally, additional supplies like a magnetic alphabet board are needed for optional activities, but usually blank index or the Flashcards are the only supplies needed.

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
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    If conventional phonics is not working with your child, or if phonics instruction is turning your "eager to read-er" into a "do we have to?" reader, here's an approach you should try. Based on techniques used in the Reading Recovery program and on observations of methods used by "natural" readers (children who learn to read at young ages despite no formal instruction), this approach takes a middle road between phonics and "sight reading." It is designed to be used one-on-one in a tutoring situation – not in a classroom environment – so it works very well in a home school. The first ingredient is reading, reading, reading to your young child. Predictable readers are used heavily in beginning instruction so that the child can begin to "read" successfully without knowing all of the rules, and can begin to recognize letter-sound correlations in familiar words. Some separate phonics instruction is done as part of the lesson. Initially, letter sounds are taught. From there, instruction depends on the previous day's experience. However, most of the phonics instruction is done within the context of reading and writing about real stories in real books. Phonics rules are not learned in any set sequence, but as the need to use them arises. Books are reread until mastered, then rotated out, with a book on the "cutting edge" of the child's ability added to the mix. A list of recommended children's books is included.

    The author is no stranger to the "great debate" on reading instruction. He has sixteen years of experience teaching in both public and private schools and, as headmaster of a Christian school, oversaw a home education program in which he worked with parents teaching their children to read. He realizes the strong preference homeschoolers have for phonics, but he makes a great case for considering a less "pure" approach. I do think this book is worth reading. After reading it, I realized that my children all learned a little this way, despite my attempts to teach them strictly phonetically. When Mark was learning to read, he just wouldn't wait for me to slowly make it through our phonics program. Armed with the essential basics, he wanted to read, and proceeded to do so; reading and rereading familiar books until they were mastered, demanding explanations of unfamiliar constructs as he went, and then applying this knowledge the next time he encountered a similar phonetic construct. All this from a child who seemed almost dense to me (compared with his older sisters) when using a strictly phonetic method. On reflection, I think he might have done much better from the start if I'd read this book and employed some of these methods. While not for everyone, and certainly not for those of you who won't even consider less than "pure" phonics, I'm hoping this will help with children who may "fall through the cracks" using a traditional phonics approach.

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
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    While it may sound ambitious to think your child can learn letter sounds, letter recognition, blending sounds, reading, writing, spelling and typing all in one program, this well-produced and engaging software may help them do just that. It is made up of two CD-ROMs: Read, Write & Type! and Spaceship Challenge. Read, Write & Type! is the core of the program and provides the instruction, while Spaceship Challenge provides assessment. There are 40 lessons in Read, Write & Type! with a new letter or sound introduced in each one until children have learned the basic 40 speech sounds in English. These sounds include 21 which are represented by one consonant, 5 represented by two consonants (sh, th, ch, wh, and ng), the short and long sounds of each vowel, and then "oo" as in both "look" and "tool," "ou" as in "loud," and "aw" as in "hawk." The lessons are grouped into levels where four letters or sounds are learned at each level. If you follow the plan provided, children will complete one level in Read, Write & Type! before they switch to Spaceship Challenge for testing on what they've learned (starting after Level 2). The lessons are based around games, so learning is a fun and interactive experience. When you begin the program, the user can view the introduction to learn the back-story and be introduced to the characters (or storytellers). Most of the time the screen you will see includes a keyboard with keys divided under right and left "houses" and two little hands in the corners. The player also sees that each of the letters (and corresponding storyteller) "live" in a key shown on the animated keyboard. Above the keyboard, the scene changes as the user plays different games. In the introduction Vexor, a nasty virus, comes to town and steals all the letters from the animated keyboard. It's up to the player and the two talking hands to work together to win all of the letters back. As the player begins each round, they see which letter Vexor will offer to give back, pending the player's performance on the games. The player is instructed on how to type that letter on the keyboard, and the sound of the letter is pronounced (letters found on the left-hand side of the keyboard within easy reach are the first to be introduced). The player then plays a series of games with Vexor to try and win the letter. These are based heavily on sound and ask the child to associate the sound with a picture and determine if the sound is made when saying the name of the object in the picture. Different games test the player's ability to identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. Players are constantly encouraged to say the name of the pictures or the sounds of the letters out loud as they type to engage their eyes, ears, mouths and fingers to learn the letters and sounds. After they play the letter/sound games with Vexor, they must help the letter's storyteller get to the Story Tree by typing the letters they hear pronounced by an animated mouth. At the Story Tree, the mouth again pronounces the sounds of letters, and later words and simple sentences, as they type to complete the story. The games are different in Spaceship Challenge, although the emphasis is still on recognizing sounds and matching to letters. In the Sound Game, a picture shows one of three different monitors, and the player will identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word pictured. The Reading Game tests reading comprehension by asking the player to match the sentence or word to one of the pictures shown below. In the Spelling Game, a picture is shown and the word is pronounced, and the player is asked to type in the word correctly. If the player completes these tasks at or above the threshold for passing, they move on to the next level in Read, Write & Type! Additional fun reinforcement activities include the Power Fountain game which reinforces typing accuracy and speed, and a simulated e-mail area, where children can type and "send" messages (a selection of stored responses are "sent" in return). The spiral-bound lesson book also includes plenty of introductory material for parents, including an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, and more (please note that the book does reference some additional pieces like posters and keyboard covers that have not been included with the program for quite some time). All in all, this program has some good things going for it. The software is well-produced, not cheesy, and the sounds that are pronounced are clear and easy to understand. Because the emphasis is on learning the sounds, not just letter recognition (players are even asked to type "fffff," not "F"), this aids them in learning to sound out and recognize words later on. The games are fun to play and motivational, and the range of supplementary materials included and available (some on their website) round out the program to include non-computer time. Additionally, children will get plenty of typing practice with no pressure for speed, which gives them a leg up on children who don't learn to type until they are older. While I wouldn't use this in place of a phonics program, it is a meaty supplement that may be best used with a "no-frills" instruction book like How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy or The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and/or with phonics workbooks (to reinforce writing skills which are not used as much in the software). This will provide practice they'll want to do! Please note that this is the 2000 edition of the program on CD-ROM; the newest version is only available from Talking Fingers as a download.System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (but not Windows 7); Macintosh 7.5-9.2 or OS X Classic. - Jess

  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
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    Indeed a sound approach to reading, this program is a solid, phonetically comprehensive program with reinforcing reading text incorporated directly in the book. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between Alphaphonics and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but with improved teacher instruction, lesson implementation, and textual presentation. As in those popular programs, your child will begin reading as soon as the first letter sounds are taught. And, in a mere 90 "byte-sized" lessons, your child will be reading at a beginning 3rd grade reading level. This program is also recommended for both remedial and ELL students. In fact, the school version of this program it is currently being used in more than 20 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

    Prior to beginning the lessons in this book, your child should have letter name and recognition skills and some phonemic awareness (the author provides background and methods for teaching these, or use another product that teaches these skills; see our Early Childhood section). You will want to read all of the preliminary teacher pages before actually starting lessons; otherwise you will miss out on helpful background information and other resources provided for you. While instruction in each lesson is devoted to reading, the author presents a great spelling methodology, complete with word lists, to integrate with lessons along with (brief) guidelines for incorporating handwriting, vocabulary, and creative writing into the program. Also in the intro section are specific instructions for teaching letter sounds, blending, playing Scramble Spell, and other implementation directions which would be redundant to include in each lesson. You should also teach the first four letter sounds introduced (a, t, s, c) BEFORE lesson 1-1, using the approach outlined in the teacher section. Here, the author strongly recommends using a set of flashcards WITHOUT pictures on them (such as the Alphabet Basics cards we've included below).

    The program teaches roughly 80 common sound/spelling patterns, based on the Orton-Gillingham phonograms as well as nearly all of the 100 most common sight words. I appreciate the author's sentiment below her Sequence of Skills table as she says, "Words from the list of 100 most common sight words that are not listed here are words that are decodable," as this echoes one of my pet peeves. Too many programs introduce phonetically decodable words as "sight words". Other features that captivate my heart for phonetic instruction are: integrated review of previously-learned sounds in each lesson; large, readable font with initial extra spacing between words and letters; immediate phonetic skill reinforcement in reading selections; word "play" incorporated into spelling lessons; longer "introduction" of each short vowel sound to prevent confusion; emphasis on blending from the beginning; and helpful review of phonograms by phoneme (yes!) in the latter lessons.

    Prior to the first lesson, a "How to Teach Sound Bytes Lessons" section concisely recaps directions in the teacher section of the book. Most lessons follow a similar format. Previously introduced sounds are reviewed, 1-2 new sounds are introduced, sight words (if any) are presented, new sounds are practiced in words, then sentences, and a story using only old and newly learned sounds and sight words is read. Lessons should take from 15-30 minutes per day. Lessons are generally grouped into units of 5 (lesson 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5), though there is no apparent reason for the grouping (maybe to accommodate a 5-day school week?). Units are also divided into chapters. Chapter One (38 lessons) teaches letter sounds and CVC words, ending with an impressively-long reading selection. Chapter Two (10 lessons) focuses on long vowel, silent-e constructions. Chapter Three (25 lessons) covers more advanced phonemes like r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, silent letters, and multi-syllabic words. Chapter Four (17 lessons) is "Challenge". Here is the synthesis of phonograms by sound as well as some final review and a list of additional sound patterns not included in the lessons. Font size and spacing between letters and words on the student pages tapers as the student progresses but, even at the end, is not too small or tight for an early reader. Line drawings scattered throughout the volume are sparse, attractive and non-distracting.

    The author suggests that your child practice handwriting the capital letters when learning letter NAMES and practice handwriting lower-case letters when learning the letter SOUNDS in this program. This can be done informally with a ruled white board (or paper) and marker or by using a beginning handwriting book (see descriptions and graphics on our website).

    I would strongly suggest incorporating the author's Scramble Spell game (word lists included) into most lessons rather than a standard spelling program, especially for beginning readers. This provides additional reinforcement for newly-learned sounds and adds a kinesthetic element to the lessons. By making additional words from an initial "base" word you explore onsets and rimes, word building, and practice encoding without all of the writing and rewriting that might turn your fun learning session into "work". A set of paper letter "cards" is provided in the book, but you may want to use a ready-made set of letter tiles or manipulatives for this (some suggestions below). If you want your child to have more practice actually writing words, follow her advice for incorporating creative writing into the program. Even the youngest students will enjoy making their own books that align with their budding language skills.

    The author suggests following up her program by having your child read books from a carefully sequenced list included at the end of the book. She thoughtfully provides lexile scores, implementation instructions, and further resources for locating other appropriate reading materials.

  • Item #: FSRCMP
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    The entire program consists of five Student Worktexts (A-E) and two Teacher’s Guide, which make up this Complete Set.

  • Item #: 000869
    ISBN: 9781615382415
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    The Teacher's Guide  starts with an introduction that covers all the basics and equips you with the information needed to teach the program effectively. The lesson plans include general information for the teacher as well as scripted instructions for the student.

  • Item #: 001723
    ISBN: 9781615389094
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    Student Books include sidebar notes with the week's Phonics Focus plus space to write words for activities and dictation as well as the interesting word-usage stories on various topics (with spelling words in bold). There are ten words per lesson (written in manuscript form) in Book I and fifteen words per lesson (written in both manuscript and cursive) in Book II. A Dictionary of course words is provided in the back of both Student and Teacher Books

  • Item #: 048076
    ISBN: 9781615388929
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      Classical Phonics is an integral part of the Memoria Press (i.e. Highlands Latin School) approach to reading. Both an underlying foundation to First Start Reading and a comprehensive “next step,” this little book puts a complete series of phonics instruction in the hands of your child. Both the student and the teacher have the advantage of seeing the whole scope of phonics as well as each part in its relation to the whole. And it’s all in one small, well-organized, attractive, concise book – a thorough update of a pint-sized, turn-of-the-(20th) century gem, Word Mastery, by Florence Akin.

      Newly revised, the 2nd edition Classical Phonics offers even more teaching support with phonetic introductions for each unit written by Cheryl Lowe. Other revisions include updated word lists, reorganized content to align with the Traditional Spelling program from Memoria Press and fewer words per page.

      Classical Phonics has been incorporated with the First Start Reading and Traditional Spelling programs. As each FSR workbook is completed (and put away), Classical Phonics provides word lists for continuing practice. With the recently developed Traditional Spelling, families who finish FSR and continue in the Memoria Press scope and sequence will find that all the page number references within Traditional Spelling align with the 2nd edition of Classical Phonics. An excellent compendium of all the phonics that a child learns in K-2, this handy little review book could be used with any phonics program. While it is not a complete language program (there are no sentences – only words – for reading and no printing practice), a resourceful teacher could add those elements.

      Classical Phonics has eight units in four parts. Part One starts with the alphabet and CVC words, plurals, possessives, consonant teams (ck, ng, nk, ch, sh, th, wh), double consonants (Double f, l, s, z), consonant teams with silent letters (kn, wr, mb) and consonant blends including final and initial blends, and three letter blends. Part Two focuses on long-vowels and covers silent e words, long i & o, soft c and g, and the three sounds of y. Long vowel teams are then covered including oa, oe, ow, ee, ie, igh, y, ai, ay, ei, eigh, ey, ea, ey, and the three sounds of ea. Part Three covers special vowel sounds including the special sounds for oi, ou, oo, and o plus the r-controlled vowels. Part Four, Advanced Phonics, teaches advanced phonograms, suffixes and prefixes, spelling rules, syllables and variable endings. At the end of the book is a short but insightful section, Suggestions to Teachers, which carries the admonishment “do not put this book into the hands of your pupils until you have carefully studied these suggestions.” Developed by the original author, this section presents a simple four-part plan for teaching phonics – ear training, tongue training, eye training, and word building. A summary of taught Phonics and Spelling Rules are listed along with the Most Common Words. Spiralbound 139 pgs, pb. ~ Janice/Deanne

  • Item #: 001726
    ISBN: 9781615389285
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    Student Books include sidebar notes with the week's Phonics Focus plus space to write words for activities and dictation as well as the interesting word-usage stories on various topics (with spelling words in bold). There are ten words per lesson (written in manuscript form) in Book I and fifteen words per lesson (written in both manuscript and cursive) in Book II. A Dictionary of course words is provided in the back of both Student and Teacher Books

  • Item #: 001739
    ISBN: 9781615389100
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    The Teacher Guides provide everything the teacher needs for her part in the teacher-student interaction that is the foundation of this program. While marginally helpful in many spelling programs, the TGs are the core of this one. The General Lesson overview and Sample Lesson Plan found in the beginning are just a prelude to comprehensive daily lessons. With reduced copies of the Student Book, teacher info is "around the edges." After a brief introduction which reviews the Phonics Focus, each of the 34 detailed weekly lesson plans includes a Teaching Overview, Definitions, Word Study Questions, Activities, Dictation, Guided Student Work [teacher-student activities such as spelling riddles, word equations (i.e. king k + s = _______), and missing sound words] and a Test. There is variety in most of these activities/work, but two tasks are consistent through each lesson. Colorful Letters requires the student to write (in pencil) words with "bullets" between syllables and then go back and write over vowels/vowel teams in red and consonant teams/blends with blue and slash through silent e. Dictation is the other important part with one day devoted to various aspects: writing letter or letter teams that spell a sound, writing spelling words, and writing a sentence from an informative paragraph included in the student books that features a number of the week's words. The appendix includes a reproducible weekly spelling test form, spelling review games, spelling rules reference sheets, a list of common English contractions, a phonics overview for the teacher, and (the important) Colorful Keys answer key.

  • Item #: 037782
    ISBN: 9781615386888
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    The Teacher's Guide   starts with an introduction that covers all the basics and equips you with the information needed to teach the program effectively. The lesson plans include general information for the teacher as well as scripted instructions for the student.

  • Item #: 001741
    ISBN: 9781615389292
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    The Teacher Guides provide everything the teacher needs for her part in the teacher-student interaction that is the foundation of this program. While marginally helpful in many spelling programs, the TGs are the core of this one. The General Lesson overview and Sample Lesson Plan found in the beginning are just a prelude to comprehensive daily lessons. With reduced copies of the Student Book, teacher info is "around the edges." After a brief introduction which reviews the Phonics Focus, each of the 34 detailed weekly lesson plans includes a Teaching Overview, Definitions, Word Study Questions, Activities, Dictation, Guided Student Work [teacher-student activities such as spelling riddles, word equations (i.e. king k + s = _______), and missing sound words] and a Test. There is variety in most of these activities/work, but two tasks are consistent through each lesson. Colorful Letters requires the student to write (in pencil) words with "bullets" between syllables and then go back and write over vowels/vowel teams in red and consonant teams/blends with blue and slash through silent e. Dictation is the other important part with one day devoted to various aspects: writing letter or letter teams that spell a sound, writing spelling words, and writing a sentence from an informative paragraph included in the student books that features a number of the week's words. The appendix includes a reproducible weekly spelling test form, spelling review games, spelling rules reference sheets, a list of common English contractions, a phonics overview for the teacher, and (the important) Colorful Keys answer key.

  • Item #: 001709
    ISBN: 9781615389841
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    Spelling Practice Sheets have the word lists for each lesson plus lined space to write each word twice.

  • Item #: 001675
    ISBN: 9781615389834
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    Spelling Practice Sheets have the word lists for each lesson plus lined space to write each word twice

  • Item #: 049108
    ISBN: 9781547701803
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  • Item #: 049109
    ISBN: 9781547701810
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  • Item #: 049087
    ISBN: 9781547701780
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    This package includes:

    Animal Alphabet Coloring Book

    Primary Phonics 1 Set of 10 Storybooks

    Primary Phonics 2 Set of 10 Storybooks

    Primary Phonics 3 Set of 10 Storybooks

    Primary Phonics 4 Set of 10 Storybooks

    Core Skills: Phonics 2014 Grade 1

    Core Skills: Phonics 2014 Grade K

    Nature Reader Book K

    Fun in the Sun (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

    Scamp & Tramp (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

    Soft & White (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

    Classical Phonics: Child's Gd to Word Mastery

    Kindergarten Phonics Lesson Plans

    Phonics Flashcards

    First Start Reading Complete Package