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  • Item #: 005552
    ISBN: 9780880621489
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    It would be hard to get more basic than this kit – a set of 79 cards, another card with instructions, and a wall chart. But, oh! The places you can go! The 5.5" x 8" cards are a complete set of phonograms - phonogram on one side; sample words and exceptions on the other, along with a reference to the wall chart. The 44" x 68" wall chart is a summary of all the phonograms. The instruction card tells how to teach phonograms, words, and sentences. This "kit" might be all a resourceful mom would need to teach reading, or to supplement other reading/phonics programs. From the same publisher as the Classic Curriculum and with vintage feel, it's the perfect reinforcement and review resource for that program. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 043135
    ISBN: 9781402778049
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    Long/short 'a', ai,bl, hard/soft 'c', ch, ck, cr,dr, long 'e', ee, f, hard/soft 'g', sileng 'gh', gr, h, long/short 'i', ir, le, m, n, long/short 'o', oa, oi, ou, oy, p,ph, qu, r, sh, sm, sn,st, th,tr, tw, long/short 'u', ur, v, w, wr, y.

  • Item #: 043136
    ISBN: 9781402779183
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    Long/short vowels, bl, br, ch, ck, cl, cr, d, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, h, j, kn, l, m, n, ng, nk, pl, pr, qu, r, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn,st, sw,th, tr, v, wh, wr, y, and z.

  • Item #: 015284
    ISBN: 9781885814296
    Retail: $59.95
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    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."
  • Item #: 044975
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    Homonyms are those tricky, little (and sometimes not so little) words that sound alike but are spelled differently and mean different things. They slip unnoticed through spell-checkers – and often through us – but they'll come back to haunt our students in standardized testing and in upper level writing. In our day when spell checkers are everywhere, learning to spell through homonyms makes sense; wonderful, practical sense. Welcome to Spelling Made Easy. Designed for middle school students – just when they're discovering the safety net of spell checkers – it's also after they've "graduated" from most phonics-based spelling programs. This program is the perfect follow-up – especially if you have a student who is still somewhat of an "amateur" speller. Organized so it can be used as either a one-year or a two-year program; it really is easy. About 700 homonyms are divided into two-or three-word groups – 290 groups in all. Ten groups together – some 20+ words – constitute a lesson. Lessons are taught either weekly (one year plan) or bi-weekly (two year plan) and involve copying words and definitions into a spelling notebook, doing crossword and word search puzzles, and writing paragraphs using the words. This consumable worktext provides all you need for the course. Each lesson is provided with word lists, assignment schedules for either one year or two years and four different puzzles. Tests aren't specifically scheduled (assessment is the writing assignment) but could be added. There's a lot of variety in the writing assignments: newspaper article, quatrain (four-line poem), paragraphs, telling about a painting or picture, limerick, and many others. A reduced-size answer key is provided for all the puzzles plus an alphabetical order of all the homonyms (and near homonyms).

    This seems a fairly unique approach and one that is bound to provide just what middle schoolers need the most. I, for one, would be thrilled to have a whole host of homeschoolers prepared to make the right choice between your and you're not to mention instance and instants. Let's Do This! ~ Janice

  • Item #: 010995
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    Little Folk Visuals has built a solid reputation for producing quality felt products, and this phonics set is no exception. Included in the set are 31 beautiful, life-like felt images (photo quality) and their corresponding words. The 31 felt words represent every letter of the alphabet, including the long and short vowel sounds. For example, for "A" there is a picture of a red delicious apple and a brown acorn, making it easy for young children to readily identify the picture to the word. While not all of the words contain diacritical marks over the long/short vowels, they are found on some of the more potentially challenging words. Felt sets are a wonderful tool to use for young children as they are able to move and remove the felt pieces an unlimited number of times without damaging the picture. You can use this set with any flannel board or pieces you already have at home, and if you haven't made the leap into incorporating felt play with your little ones, check out #13634, our reversible flannel/dry erase board. This quality felt set is made in the USA. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 048114
    ISBN: 9781885814319
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  • Item #: 048715
    ISBN: 9781882514748
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  • Item #: 048716
    ISBN: 9781882514717
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  • Item #: 048717
    ISBN: 9781882514731
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  • Item #: 048718
    ISBN: 9781882514724
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  • Item #: 005710
    ISBN: 9781885814302
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  • Item #: FSRCMP
    Retail: $42.95
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    (Publisher Description)

    Is there really a need for another phonics program? Well, we thought so! The first reading and printing lessons are critical, and although there are many adequate programs out there, we could not find one with the right combination we were looking for—a balanced, age-appropriate approach to phonics and reading, and a serious focus on correct pencil grip and letter formation. In addition, many phonics programs today use the ladder approach (consonant-vowel blending), which is fine, but we prefer the more traditional (vowel-consonant) approach combined with word families. And one more thing: mastery of the short vowels is the sine qua non of phonics programs, and few programs really give adequate practice in this very important skill. First Start Reading solved all of our little problems and made us happy. We hope you like it too.

    First Start Reading covers consonants, short and long vowels, 45 common words, and manuscript printing, accompanied by artist-drawn coloring pictures and drawing pages for every letter. Your child will begin reading in the very first lesson as he progresses through four student books and thirty-one phonetic stories, such as "Hogs and Pigs" and "Jog to the Jet." The Teacher Manual guides you through the program and provides helpful assessments and teaching tips.

  • Item #: 030675
    ISBN: 9780838808528
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    Get Ready, Get Set, and Go (for the Code) have provided homeschooled students a low-stress, engaging introduction to phonics for years. Now the publisher has added this Teacher's Guide which expands on the skills presented and provides teachers with various options for instruction and reinforcement. There are a wide variety of activities offered with easy adaptability for the one-on-one learning situation of homeschools. The format is simple and consistent: quick review, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, completing student pages, fluency, comprehension, writing, and reinforcement activities. Please note that some of the instruction formerly found in the student books, which made them stand-alone, is now included in the teacher's guide, so will you probably now need the teacher's guide. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 039553
    ISBN: 9781602680647
    Retail: $24.99
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    Practicing phonics just got a whole lot more fun! Picture an entire box full of onset and rime puzzle pieces, just waiting for word construction by phonetic construct. 220 letter puzzle pieces to be exact, consisting of word family pieces (-ead, -ee, -ub, -out, -ice, -at; 90 in all), consonant blends (bl-, fr-, kn-, str-; 2 each of 30), initial consonants (b, c…..z; 3 each of 20), and consonant digraphs (2 each of ch-, wh-, sh-, th-, and ph-). Pieces are cut so that all beginnings and endings are interchangeable, but stay put when attached. Pieces are color-coded for easy segregation. The included Resource Guide has a word family reference list, directions, teaching suggestions, and five game and activity ideas. Many more await your invention (Random matching is always fun—just reaching into the box and pulling out four chunks produced the words "gruff prone". Is that what an unhappy person is?). I also like that the chunks are shown printed on dotted middle-line ruling, allowing you to use for handwriting practice of the words. Just set atop some ruled practice paper for copying. Pieces are made from heavy cardboard (thicker than standard puzzle pieces) and have a glossy finish. I thought it would be cool if you could use the non-printed side to construct your own onsets and rimes to add on to the set. Guess what? My Expo® marker erased without a trace! So, you can use dry erase marker for one-time use of the blank sides, or use a permanent marker if you want to keep your additions. That makes this set even more versatile. You could even draw dry- erase shapes or letters across the backs of intended matches to make them self-checking.

  • Item #: 038707
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    These wiggle-eyes can be glued onto any craft to add a ton of fun. They are made of a clear, durable, plastic coating and have interior "pupils" that move around and come in a variety of solid, bright colors. The set includes 185 random eyes measuring between 7mm and 28mm in diameter.

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
    Retail: $79.00
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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 binder that contains the software also includes plenty of help and teaching suggestions for the parent. This includes an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, a description and suggestions for using the printable materials found on one of the CDs and the supplementary materials included, and a detailed instructional sheet on each letter and sound produced. 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; 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 #: 029681
    ISBN: 9781483805801
    Retail: $12.99
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    Ten bright posters catch students' eyes and serve as visual reminders of helpful phonics skills they need to remember and use daily. The titles appear at the top against a rainbow-colored chevron pattern. Two large (17"x24") posters hold word families (__ad, __ay, __og, etc) and word endings (-s, -ies, -er, etc). Eight smaller (12"x17") posters cover long & short vowels; six beginning & six ending digraphs (ch, sh, etc); twenty beginning & eight ending blends (bl-, -mp, etc); six long vowel digraphs (ai, ay, etc); and six r-controlled vowels (ar, ur, etc.) Use them as a phonics teaching tool, and then post them in your learning space as a reference. Each is made of sturdy card stock. Set also contains three reproducible worksheets that reference the posters. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 002274
    ISBN: 9780671631987
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    Four years after using this book to learn to read at age 4, our twins would still take this book off the shelf and re-read the silly stories that made learning to read immediately rewarding. It is a phonics-based, non-consumable book authored by Siegfried Engelmann using the DISTAR method. Faced with two small children eager to read like their older sisters, but who were not ready for the more intensive writing and spelling accompanying most other reading programs, I was at a loss. All they needed at this tender age were enough decoding skills to enable them to read. We had already covered letter sounds (via song), so the twins literally zipped through the early lessons and quickly digested blends, vowel sounds, and digraphs, thoroughly enjoying every lesson. In fact, they begged for "extra" lessons, anxious to get to the next story! Large, bold type assures learning without eye strain. This volume filled a need in our own family and, judging from the numerous requests/recommendations by our customers, has done so for others as well.

  • Item #: 009579
    ISBN: 9780684853673
    Retail: $18.99
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    Using the Phono-Graphix system presented in this book will enable you to "teach your child to read in one-tenth the time of phonics with a 100 percent success rate." That's quite a claim! Not only that, but "research conducted on this method reveals it to be the most effective remedial program available, bringing previously failed readers, 40 percent of whom had been previously diagnosed with learning disabilities, to grade level in only twelve sessions." By now you're asking, "What is it?" and "How is this method different from phonics?" The major difference is that, instead of teaching that letters "say" or "make this sound," Phono-Graphix begins with the premise that letters and letter combinations are codes that represent or stand for a sound. This is an important distinction and, if you still have an open mind, one that makes sense. As soon as you teach that "ai" says "a," you have to allow for all the exceptions to this rule. What about "ai" in "again," "said," "certain," or "mountain"? Wouldn't it be better to present "ai" as a code that could stand for different sounds in different words? In the same way that a round shape could stand for either a ball or a circle, letter combinations can stand for more than one sound. Children readily accept this. They also accept that two symbols in concert (a square and a triangle, for example) can stand for something altogether different, like a house, when the triangle is placed atop the square. Another example the author uses is the case where different letter combinations can make the same sound ("ee," "ea," "y"). They showed children pictures of different flowers. In each case, when asked what the picture showed, the children responded, "a flower." All agreed that some things can look different but still have the same name.

    Before beginning the program, you will administer pre-tests to try and pinpoint your child's skill level. However, regardless of score, the author recommends doing all the lessons. The first instructional chapter teaches the "Basic Code." Briefly, the method teaches the sounds that letters and letter combinations stand for. You do not teach letter names, but the correspondence between sounds and sound pictures. Children also learn that spoken words are made up of sounds. They learn that written words are formed by sound pictures (letters and letter combinations) that represent sounds in words. Words are read and written from left to right. They also must be able to "break up" spoken words into the individual sounds and, conversely, to blend the sounds together in words. So begins this unique instruction. Further chapters address more complex letter constructs and multisyllabic words. As noted by Kathy von Duyke in The Big Book of Home Learning (Volume 2), not much attention is given to spelling. The book is basically a how-to-read method that you can use for both beginning and remedial readers, regardless of age.

  • Item #: 053963
    ISBN: 9781427654441
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    Teaching your child to read can sometimes be a challenge—so let the Reading Game lend a hand! If your child likes to be read to, is familiar with letters, and shows interest in storytime by pretending to read or wants words pointed out while reading – then you are ready for this game. This award winning game is by Kenneth Hodkinson, the author of the Wordly Wise program. This game introduces children to 180 sight words and helps them memorize and remember those words through playing a simple memory game. The sight words found in this game are taken from the Dolch Word List for PK through 1st and from "100 most commonly used English words from the Reading Teacher's Book of Lists by Fry". This game can even be used in classroom or tutoring situations since it is written to meet Common Core Reading Standards for Literature and Informational Text for Kindergarten and 1st grades.

    So, how easy is it? There are six readers that use 30 words each. There are 60 word cards (two of each word) that correspond to each book. Place ten cards (two each of five words that are listed in the Rules and Teacher's Guide) face down on the table. Two players take turns flipping the cards over until one gets a match. When a match is made, the player says the word several times in a clear voice. Do this until all five words have their match, then shuffle and play again. Play with the first set of five words until the child can read all five of them without difficulty. Repeat this same process with the next list of five words. Children are asked to read test sentences after every other word group in order to keep all the words fresh. After going through all 30 words, the child is then ready to read the story book. Follow this same procedure for the words for each of the six storybooks. Words from previous books are used along with new words in subsequent stories.

    The six storybooks found in the game are very simple to read. They are all printed in lower case letters except for the "I" and there is no punctuation. Children will know that it is the end of a sentence simply because the line ends, and breaks between sentences indicate pauses. The Reading Game includes all six storybooks and six decks of corresponding word cards (60 each) along with a Rules and Teacher's Guide. Downloadable worksheets are available at the publisher's website (thereadinggame.com) – pre/post sight word assessments, test sentence worksheets, class recording sheets for the assessments and test sentences.

    You will still want to do phonics and there is a short section of teacher's guide devoted to implementing phonics in with the material found in the game. Children will encounter sight words in everything they read, and this game will enable them to tackle some of that reading with more confidence. – Donna

  • Item #: 062498
    ISBN: 9780838878040
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    (Publisher Description)

    Workbook 4 introduces students to compound words, common endings, and syllable types. Students learn that compound words are made up of two smaller words that when put together make a word with a different meaning. They practice adding the endings –ful, -ing, -est, -ed, and -ness to make new words.

  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
    Retail: $27.00
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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 #: 057199
    ISBN: 9781893791008
    Retail: $14.95
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    70 word-building worksheets with three/four letter words made by adding onsets (beginning consonants and blends) to vowel-consonant word families. Word families include short (i.e. ad), long (i.e. ake), and variant (i.e. ool) vowels, dipthong (i.e. ow), and r controlled (i.e. ark). Answer key included. Use with Onset Letter Tiles or paper tiles provided with book. 80 pgs pb

  • Item #: 016068
    ISBN: 9781936706228
    Retail: $15.00
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) An imaginative journey of sounds that prepares young children to read. Did you know? A makes three sounds: apple, snake, wash G makes two sounds: green and giants Y makes four sounds: yell, mystery, type, baby When children learn all the sounds made by each letter, they take a giant leap toward becoming strong readers and spellers. From Denise Eide, author of Uncovering the Logic of English, this playful introduction to the sounds of the alphabet opens the door for children to hear, say, recognize, and read the single-letter phonograms.
  • Item #: 053502
    Retail: $8.99
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    Looking for a fun and effective way to help develop your child's phonetic pronunciations or reading fluency? This acoustical headset will bring delight to your child as he listens to the amplified sound of his own voice reading aloud, making it a valuable learning tool to help children process aloud whether your focus is on improving phonemic awareness, reading fluency or as a supplement to speech therapy. One advantage of the Whisper Phone is the ability to amplify sound "hands-free" leaving your child's hands free to hold the book and turn pages. Made out of sturdy, lightweight plastic, which is comfortable for a child to wear. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 057574
    Retail: $5.99
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    Looking for a fun way to practice word patterns? Six cubes look like big dice (1.5") and come in 3 pairs: red, green & blue. In each pair, one cube has 6 word beginnings and one has 6 word endings. The cubes are made of hard foam, so they are quiet to play. Take turns rolling a pair of cubes and making a word! There is a list of over 150 word options included. Once the kids get more confident, you can mix the colors and ask them if the result is a real word or not! Cubes are washable and come in a resealable bag. Come up with some games on your own, like having kids list the words they make and seeing who gets more words written in one minute. Make it a race on a whiteboard in class! Your hands-on learners will appreciate the feel of these solid but soft learning cubes. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 023561
    ISBN: 9781883002701
    Retail: $16.99
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    Carol Barnier, mother of an ADHD child, has written this book for parents of highly distractible, fidgety, and ADHD children to provide them with real methods they can use for effective teaching. In her words, she is writing this book because while she found gobs "...of information about how to recognize ADHD children, manage them, medicate them, discipline them, and accept them, no one told her how to teach math tomorrow." So she set about finding successful ways to teach distractible children and has compiled her ideas into this book so other parents can work past the frustration and find methods that work. She begins by exploring the different characteristics of distractible children, and then begins to suggest ideas to implement. One way to keep them listening is to give them something to do with their hands. This doesn't mean they're not listening, they just simply have to be doing something. She suggests having them play with silly putty, work with Legos, draw a picture, or walk around in circles. You can also play games that incorporate their need to move, such as educational versions of Mother-May-I?, Hop-On-It, or Toss-It. To play Toss-It, you decide what you want to learn (the alphabet, books of the Bible, skip counting, etc). This sounded like a good idea to me for any child, so I tried it out with Janine (then 8, and with some memorization difficulties) and decided to try and teach her the books of the Bible. Within two days (and only 2 rounds of Toss-It) we both knew the first seventeen books, and she began asking me whenever I saw her if we had time to play again and learn some more. The following chapters provide ideas and instructions for a variety of manipulatives and games for teaching phonics, math, writing and history. Other advice for outings and car trips and further discussions about finding the gifts in your child are included in the last chapters. Two appendices contain reproducible resources for games to use in school and an additional resource list. A helpful guide for anyone looking for fresh ideas. - Melissa

  • Item #: 052567
    Retail: $0.00
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    This DVD could easily have been called, "Effective Teaching Strategies for Children Who Just Don't Get It!" Focusing specifically on teaching strategies for right brain learners, the ideas and concepts presented here will facilitate learning for many of your children. In this presentation, Dianne Craft explains the differences between right and left brain learning and defines the targeted audience for teaching with right brain strategies. While success has been documented in a variety of children including those with auditory processing issues, attention and focusing issues, underdeveloped memory and poor hemispheric integration (e.g. Dyslexia), the strategies presented will work for any child that other teaching methods are not working for.

    Beginning with the premise that most curricula is written for left brain learners who thrive on a sequential, repetitive, and mostly plain (non-distracting) presentation, Mrs. Craft explains the differences found in the right brain learner and provides a wide range of teaching suggestions in multiple subject areas including Spelling and Vocabulary, Phonics and Reading Comprehension, Math and Writing. Suggestions for following directions and study skills are also included.

    This DVD lecture is bursting with strategic ideas for teaching struggling learners and I personally took away many nuggets—valuable ideas that this "left brain mom" is incorporating into her home. One of the greatest tidbits I received was the idea that writing was not the best learning gate for all children and often times children feel penalized when made to write everything we strive to teach them-as a mom who incorporated a great deal of copywork in our homeschool, this explained a lot of the struggles I went through with one of my children. An accompanying 38 page comb-bound Study Guide provides overhead transparencies and additional "how-to" information. Mrs. Craft is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable presenter. My only lament with this DVD is the low sound quality at times (the teaching segment was recorded live in a large room), and the overhead projections are often difficult to view. Fortunately, the study guide does a fine job of aiding the viewer in following the presentation.

    Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently, or in tandem as they complement each other. While there is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs/CDs, using them together provides parents with additional tools. 126 min. Deanne

  • Item #: 038266
    Retail: $5.99
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    Finally! Plain white crowns that you can decorate any way you want! This set includes 24 crowns of 2 different styles. You can leave them white or paint and decorate them as you see fit. Made of sturdy card stock, they are great for any occasion. So, drag out your container of crafts and have fun decorating with feathers, gems, glitter glue, crayons, markers, sequins, stickers, foam pieces, wiggle eyes, shredded paper, buttons, beads, shells, pebbles, tissue paper and more! This is a great activity for parties and craft time. Kids love wearing crowns…especially ones they have designed. ~ Phyllis

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