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  • Item #: 056815
    ISBN: 9781615380077
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  • Item #: 056816
    ISBN: 9781615380084
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    ISBN: 9781615380091
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    ISBN: 9781615381326
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  • 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 #: FSRCMP
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  • Item #: 000869
    ISBN: 9781615382415
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  • Item #: 037782
    ISBN: 9781615386888
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  • Item #: MPKPSP
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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

  • Item #: 056834
    ISBN: 9781615383115
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    Plans and checklist for lessons from First Start Reading, Classical Phonics, Core Skills Phonics, and Primary Phonics Readers Sets 1-4. 21 pgs. pb comb-binding.

  • Item #: SCLCCP
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  • Item #: MPCKCS
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  • Item #: MPCKPK
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    This package includes:

    Animal Alphabet Coloring Book

    Kindergarten Art Cards

    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

    Book of Crafts for Kindergarten

    Kindergarten Enrichment Guide

    Child's Book of Poems

    Eric Carle's Animals Animals

    Compstn & Sktchbk I 5/8 Ruled Younger Stdnts

    Christian Studies Enrichment K-2nd Grade

    Beg Arithmetic Revision Gr.1 Practice Sheets

    Beginning Arithmetic Revision Gr.1 Tchr Man'l

    Beg Arithmetic Revision Grade 1 Wrkbk Part 1

    Core Skills: Phonics 2014 Grade 1

    Core Skills: Phonics 2014 Grade K

    Copybook I

    Addition Flashcards

    Subtraction Flashcards

    Nature Reader Book K

    Fun in the Sun (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

    Scamp & Tramp (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

    Soft & White (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

    Music Enrichment: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

    Classical Phonics: Child's Gd to Word Mastery

    Kindergarten Curriculum Manual

    Story Bible (Hardcover)

    Numbers Books 1 & 2 (2 Book Set)

    Phonics Flashcards

    First Start Reading Complete Package

  • Item #: 059275
    ISBN: 9780545734097
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  • Item #: 048762
    ISBN: 9780974492018
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    Just as literacy suffered in the last century when the school systems abandoned phonics instruction, many people contend that handwriting suffered by the same educational system's insistence on beginning with manuscript handwriting. "Cursive first" is their rallying cry! Wanda Sanseri became convinced of this approach and has encouraged it as part of her Spell to Write and Read program. The Cursive First program was developed by Elizabeth FitzGerald to be used either with the SWR program or as a stand alone program of handwriting instruction.

    The "program" is comprised of a Teacher's Manual, Practice Sheets, and the Cursive Phonogram Card Set. The Teacher's Manual is designed to convince you of the merits of starting with cursive. But it also includes information for preparing your student, specific "how-to," directions for using the Practice Sheets/Card Set and a "troubleshooting guide" how to detect visual and perceptual problems. The reproducible (for families/classroom) Practice Sheets get quickly down to the business of practice no cutesy graphics. Lowercase letters are taught separately from uppercase and connections are taught from the very beginning in the natural context of multi-letter phonograms. Although solid and dotted line models are provided, the student is quickly weaned from tracing to more active writing utilizing narrow ruled, dotted lines for practice. The Cursive Phonogram Card Set (yellow cardstock, each page to be cut into fourths) includes instructional dialogue for writing the phonograms on one side and a sample of cursive writing on the other. Both numerals and the first 26 phonograms are included. Laminating these would preserve their use through multiple children.

  • Item #: 033861
    ISBN: 9780394824574
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    Read about the great space race and join the astronauts aboard the Apollo 11 as they make history by being the first to travel to the moon. Features full-color photographs.

  • Item #: 052808
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    You fill out a passport when you visit other countries; why not track the places you visit in literature the same way? These inexpensive passport-themed booklets make fun little personal reading logs. Each measures 4 ½" x 5 ½" and includes 24 pgs. Students can personalize the first page with some information about themselves, then fill out the rest of the booklet's pages as they plow through their reading list. Each page offers lines to record some basic information about the book as well as an open space to draw or write more. Covers are assorted bold colors and the whole thing is small enough to fit into a larger notebook, lapbook, or scrapbook when complete. – Jess

  • Item #: 024361
    ISBN: 9780877883579
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    When I'm reading, I often come to the end of a page and realize I have no idea what I just read. I was reading the words but was not processing anything. This book by James W. Sire teaches how to read in a way that will not only ensure understanding of the material, but will allow readers to perceive the worldview and reasoning behind the writing. The book is written by a Christian, and though specific guidelines for Bible-reading are not set down, the author states that learning to read other books well will naturally lead to a better understanding of the Bible. There's a conversational tone to the book, with anecdotes and examples of reading interspersed. As the author points out that worldviews and meanings are hidden in everything from advertisements to poetry to non-fiction books, he clearly explains how you can read and analyze to uncover these hidden aspects. Different genres of writing are split into different chapters and then the book shows how to analyze each type of writing to discover the worldview of the writer and the underlying message. There are chapters covering nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, and one that discusses how biographical, literary, historical, and intellectual writing affect the meaning of passages. Each chapter includes excerpts of actual passages in the specific genre so students can practice the reading techniques while they learn about them. A chapter of the book is also dedicated to giving tips on what and where to read. A reading list is provided that categorizes books and other works into different genres and worldviews. Reading these books will show students how the worldviews of the authors are depicted in the writing. This is a great book for showing students how to slow down and really absorb the information they are reading as well as analyze writing and identify themes or worldviews hidden within. 192 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 067921
    ISBN: 9781938700293
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  • Item #: 026329
    ISBN: 9780838851371
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  • 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 #: 058831
    ISBN: 9781412711821
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    Incorporating full color photos and childlike drawings, this first dictionary's layout is orderly and easily draws the reader's eyes across the page. On each two-page layout words are grouped according to interesting themes of importance to pre- and early readers. Topics start with "me," move to family and community, then nature, etc., then finish with key pre-K concepts such as colors, money, opposites, and action words. In each topic, words are used to form 2-3 sample sentences which include Dolch sight words. Some of the occupation pictures are caricatures: the scientist is "mad" and the farmer is slovenly. Overall, this is an appealing early dictionary to help young ones associate the written word with the people and things around them. 9" x 11", 96 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: FSF2ST
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  • Item #: 006728
    ISBN: 9781888344165
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    Do you want a reading program without a reading curriculum? Or maybe a reading program in which the kids enjoy the "great" books, discuss them at the dinner table, and don't even realize they're in a reading "program"? If either answer is yes, this book is for you. And I do mean for you. Reading Strands is designed for the teacher to use. It shows you how to teach your children to appreciate fiction. Author Dave Marks wants our children to develop a love for reading, first and foremost. Reading should be fun for a child, something he/she eagerly looks forward to. They need to share their reading experience and enjoyment with others, also. Those around them need to express an interest in what they're reading and their opinion of what they've read. Through oral discussion, Dave shows us how to help our children get more out of reading and begin to read for deeper understanding. Reading Strands contains simple Socratic dialogue samples, based on Bloom's taxonomy, showing you how to discuss fiction with your children based on their age level. Literary components and terms are explained so that you can, at appropriate age levels, discuss these intelligently with your children. Mr. Marks also cautions us that, to some extent, "you are what you read." He wants us to become serious about selecting the types of reading materials we want our children to "consume" based on what kind of people we want them to become. To aid us in selecting books, Reading Strands contains numerous reading lists: suggested books based on grade level, a graded list of books popular with reading teachers, a listing of children's favorite books, Coretta Scott King Award Books, Caldecott Medal winners, Newbery Medal winners, Children's Library recommendations, and a list of Great Classics. Whew! Even if you didn't use this approach as your basic reading program, employing the ideas contained in Reading Strands would greatly enhance your children's overall enjoyment and understanding of literature. 138 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 015418
    ISBN: 9780941995375
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    Here's a quick, proven, inexpensive way to measure the reading grade level of your student(s) privately. A one-time investment, this 380 word test is easy to administer and score, can be done in less than 15 minutes, and will tell at what grade level (1-12) your student is reading. Any reading problems are easily detected, allowing you to provide any needed remediation. Another 380 word test to use after your remedial work is administered is also provided, so you can check for improvement/correction. 5 copies of each test ("before" and "after") are included, along with information about the background of the test, an explanation of how it works, and how to score it. First and second graders can be tested using the beginning part of the test, but the overall test is intended for third grade and up.

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
    Retail: $24.95
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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 #: 044214
    ISBN: 9781420680577
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    This book provides practice for older readers to enhance their reading skills, using a variety of different texts similar to what they would come across in their daily lives. It is divided into two parts: Key Reading Skills and Reading Texts. The first part focuses on specific skills, including scanning, predicting, working out word meanings, understanding a writer's purpose, understanding complex sentences, interpreting graphs and tables, inferring, and reading critically. Each unit focuses on one of those skills, with a brief explanation on what the skill is, how to use it, and why you might need to use it. A follow-up activity provides practice in using the skill, with an example text to read, and a series of related short-answer questions to complete. In the second part, students are given a variety of texts, including excerpts from textbooks, articles, novels, web pages, film reviews and cartoons. Three groups of activities accompany every text, one to complete before reading the text, one designed to test recall, and one intended for a student's personal response to the text. All in all, the book has a very no-nonsense visual appearance, with black-and-white pages and few illustrations. If your previous reading comprehension program does not cover this age level, or you feel that your junior high student could use some additional reading skills practice, you might consider this one. 30 units (lessons) total, with answers included in the back. Reproducible for classroom or family use only. – Jess

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  • Item #: 057668
    ISBN: 9781599151823
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