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  • Item #: 037718
    ISBN: 9781934286005
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    Compiled for the pre-reader, this colorful, sorting manipulative book provides hands-on phonemic awareness activities. Before a child begins to attach sounds to letters, he needs to be able to hear and manipulate sounds in words. This book contains exercises in rhyming word recognition, rhyming word application, syllable segmentation, phoneme recognition, phoneme isolation, phoneme segmentation and phoneme substitution. First, youll use the assessment to determine what skills need to be concentrated on. Then, use the provided exercises with the photo cards to practice those language skills. Much more engaging than your typical worksheet, the heavy cardstock photo cards make this learning into a fun game for young children. The first skill has 24 cards featuring pairs of photos of objects that either rhyme or not. Children will sort these into rhyming/non-rhyming piles as they say the names of the objects. You can play a simple matching game or a game of memory/concentration with the next 36-photo card set designed to test rhyming words application. The third skill, Syllable Segmentation, features 33 photo cards and sorting labels for 1, 2, and 3 syllables. Phoneme Recognition has two sets of cards with pairs of objects having the same or different beginning or ending sounds. The most voluminous cards set is for Phoneme Isolation. Here, children will try to recognize where a given sound is made within a word. For example, children listen for the T sound in words like tape, turkey, taco, buttons, bottle, butter, salt, belt, and chocolate. Having photographic cards of actual objects makes it much less confusing and easier for a child to perform this task on their own, as well. Although the cards are color-coded for use with a given letter, you can also cross-use them for the other phonemes in many cases, further extending the sets. In Phoneme Segmentation, your child will listen for each individual sound made in the word (as opposed to syllable). For example, there are three distinct sounds in the word train- /t/-/r/-/a/-/n/. There are 44 photo cards to be sorted depending on whether a word has 2, 3, 4, or 5 sounds in it. Finally, in the Phoneme Substitution game, children substitute one sound for another to make new words. Coat change the beginning sound to b becomes boat change the middle sound to ee becomes beet. It is fun for children to tell you how the word is changing or to find a word that can change into another one by changing one sound. Follow up after this book with Phonics Sorts by the same publisher. If you have a kinesthetic youngster, he will enjoy this manipulative approach to sound learning.

  • Item #: 025180
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  • Item #: 026850
    ISBN: 9780130449788
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    This is a ready-to-use spelling program for anybody who struggles with spelling difficulties from fourth grade through adult. Learning to spell through memorization just doesnt work for some people, and that is where this program comes in. Since approximately 85% of the English language follows consistent patterns and rules, this program focuses on its structural regularity. There are six basic concepts taught: sounds, syllables, word building, rules, generalizations, and compensatory strategies (for words not spelled in a regular way). There are two sections. The first addresses issues and concerns about how students feel about spelling, tests for checking students knowledge in certain areas of spelling (like consonants, vowels, blends, digraphs, and sound/symbol correspondences), guidelines for assessing the students needs, ways to teach irregular words, how and when to teach homonyms, teaching dictionary skills, and checking spelling with computers. The second section contains the 40 lessons. Each lesson consists of these same parts: getting started, introducing new information, practicing with individual words, practicing spelling in context, reinforcing activities, and extra interesting facts. Everything needed to present the lesson is given in the book. The philosophy and methodology of each part of the lessons are described in the introduction. Knowing this will help the teacher effectively present the lessons and activities to the student, helping them gain the confidence they need to succeed and excel. The activities are varied and interesting, and all 200 consumable activity sheets in the book are reproducible. This is a complete program for individual students or small group instruction, starting with the basics and working up. Each lesson takes several days to complete, though that pace can be determined according to the needs of the student. Answers included. 415 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 038399
    ISBN: 9780838804995
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) A set of 60 drill cards with a letter or letters on one side and a key word on the other side.
  • Item #: 036761
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    Created by author Aline Wolf (Child-Sized Masterpieces), this system may help the right-brained, visual learner to grasp the phonetic code more quickly. Aline has devised color-coded word lists that give such learners a specific, visual clue to the vowel sound in each word. Even more helpful, the color (as much as possible) contains the sound; short e is coded with red, long e with green, ou with brown, etc. This system is intended to help with vowel sounds; it assumes your child already knows consonant sounds. Dotted lines are used to form any silent letters again, a wonderful visual clue. Included in this kit are 26 lists on heavy card stock: 5 short-vowel, schwa sound, 10 long-vowel lists, and 10 variant-vowel sounds (r-controlled, oo, ow, etc.). Use cards for reading practice, timed drills and as phonetic spelling lists. Kit also includes an instructional booklet and is packed in a sturdy vinyl folder.

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  • Item #: 026812
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  • Item #: 026672
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    We’ve wanted to offer flashcards like this for some time, and here they are! These flashcards are basically two-piece puzzles, allowing you to practice sounds, blends, and other concepts with your child. All of the flashcards have the same interlocking shape, so children aren’t tipped off to the “right� answers by the way the cards fit together. Match capital letters to little letters, word beginnings to word endings, numerals to corresponding numbers of objects, or anything else you can think of. Each set contains 36 3� x 5� cards in 12 bright colors.

  • Item #: 049545
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    Just like its grade school counterpart, Sequential Spelling for Adults is a research-based system rooted in the classic Orton-Gillingham approach to learning. The student learns sets of word that share patterns of spelling (rather than thematically related lists of words). The beauty of this program and its appeal for adult learners is that it quickly builds from little sounds like at to colorful words like brat and to powerful words like flattery. Only two pages instruct the teacher in how to implement the program but its simple format and straight-forward methodology doesnt require more. Next follows 370 spelling lists (lessons) in two parts enough for one lesson per day for two years. Since the sound family is taught daily and list words spelled incorrectly are immediately corrected, the student is quick to see and understand the patterns; hence remembering the words (in other words, success). Appendices include word families learned, quizzes for each 60 lessons, some diagnostic tests, and reproducible student pages. The book ends with a handful of extremely useful spelling rules. 104 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 022339
    ISBN: 9781623410070
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    Having noticed that many students entering university do not know how to write, and seeing how the first grade students at his school were writing better stories than the fourth grade students caused James Webster to take action, resulting in this writing course. Wanting it to be useful for a wide range, the author has divided the course into eight stages. Each new stage builds upon the last, and for that reason he recommends beginning with unit one for all skill levels (primary through university) and working through each of the units in order. Yes, that is a wide range of levels; the author says the grades and units work best in the following way. Units one through three are appropriate for grade one. Grade two students should start with unit one in September and have completed unit five by June. Grade three should do units one through seven and grade four units one through nine in a similar time span. Higher grades complete all of the units, and when teaching this course to high school students, the first five units should be completed in ten weeks. In the higher grades, more time (at least a month per unit for the last half of the book) is recommended.

    So what about these eight different stages, what does the author begin with and how does he progress through the writing levels? Unit one starts with the basics of note taking and outlines. Unit two teaches summarizing from notes, skills of limiting in note taking, and adapting note taking and style. Unit three discusses summarizing narrative stories. Unit four focuses on summarizing references. In unit five, students learn writing from a series of pictures. Unit six covers library research reports and stressing the process, using a mini-book series. Unit seven looks at creative writing and in unit eight students reach the "pinnacle" of writing skills - essay writing and university essay writing. Unit nine contains critiques of narrative stories and novels and a final chapter about the writing syllabus. Although this is a book written for a classroom setting, it can be adapted to a homeschool fairly easily. For the younger grades, it is better for the teacher to read through the book, explain ideas and new skills, and assign work. Upper grade students can use the book directly, reading the text for themselves, discussing and working on projects as appropriate. A thorough "how to" resource, this volume teaches practical methods rather than just a philosophy. Examples crowd the pages, so students should always be able to pick up on the skill that is being taught. This is a very thorough course on structure and style and the definitive reference for TWSS teachers and those with advanced students. ~ Zach

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  • Item #: 020278
    ISBN: 9781420659528
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  • Item #: 045487
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    By the same author as Spelling Plus, Susan Anthony, comes this program specifically for high school students. This is a one-year review of words most frequently misspelled by high school students, and in fact they account for over half of that groups misspellings. This list of 388 words overlaps with the word list in Spelling Plus, so if your student has completed Spelling Plus there is no need for them to complete Spell Well. This course incorporates the same techniques set forth in Spelling Plus and is a pretty straightforward approach to learning to spell words. A list of the 388 words in order of frequency of misspelling is given, followed by pages with the list broken down into 20-word groups for students to keep for review and spelling lists for daily practice. Suggestions for daily practice follow a specific formula - spell the word and read it, trace the word and read it, cover the model/write the word and read it, check from the model, check and correct the word you wrote, and close your eyes/spell the word and say it. Give a test on Friday and place misspelled words on the blank lines of student lists for repeated practice. Suggested dictation sentences are listed at the back of the book for use with each weeks spelling list. If youve done the math, you know there are only 24 lists total, which isnt enough to do a new list each week for an entire school year. The author suggests that you use holiday weeks for review testing and additional study of difficult words. The goal of this program is mastery, which is the ability to spell a word correctly every time. By following the procedures in this book, students will practice the correct words in a way that should cement the spellings in their mind. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 028847
    ISBN: 9781616340261
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to teach as Charlotte did. Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, prepared dictation to teach spelling which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memorythe chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s). After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a childs mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your childs own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-I am; I can; I ought; I will. The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of What the Wind Brings.

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 028910
    ISBN: 9781616340292
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to teach as Charlotte did. Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, prepared dictation to teach spelling which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memorythe chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s). After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a childs mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your childs own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-I am; I can; I ought; I will. The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of What the Wind Brings.

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 028857
    ISBN: 9781616340278
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to teach as Charlotte did. Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, prepared dictation to teach spelling which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memorythe chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s). After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a childs mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your childs own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-I am; I can; I ought; I will. The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of What the Wind Brings.

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 028863
    ISBN: 9781616340285
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to teach as Charlotte did. Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, prepared dictation to teach spelling which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memorythe chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s). After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a childs mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your childs own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-I am; I can; I ought; I will. The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of What the Wind Brings.

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 028911
    ISBN: 9781616340308
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to teach as Charlotte did. Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, prepared dictation to teach spelling which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memorythe chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s). After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a childs mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your childs own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-I am; I can; I ought; I will. The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of What the Wind Brings.

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 012628
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    An intensive, multisensory phonics program, using a phonogram approach similar to The Writing Road to Reading. The main flaw we find in WRR is the difficulty homeschoolers find in implementing it without additional instructional materials that can be difficult to obtain. This book, authored by Bonnie Dettmer, is very simple to use, with clear directions for the teacher. Beginning with the 26 alphabet phonograms, all 72 basic phonograms (symbols for sounds) are taught. It incorporates handwriting and spelling also, reinforcing the phonograms as they are taught. Handwriting begins with the teaching of the letter sounds. Spelling instruction begins after the first 52 phonograms are introduced. Gradually, other language skills are added, such as writing complete sentences, adding affixes to words, and contractions. Reading is introduced only after students are able to construct original sentences. The program, encased in a sturdy three-ring binder, includes a set of basic phonogram cards, a CD containing the phonogram sounds, and the Spelling Scale For Home Educators. Each of these can also be purchased separately.

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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 weve 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 authors 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 authors 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.

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