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  • Item #: 035460
    ISBN: 9780547791074
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    ABCs, writing readiness, letters & printing, vocabulary, sounds in words, shapes, colors, numbers, counting, ordering & sorting, time & money, measuring
  • Item #: 071198
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    Includes 2 Student workbooks (Part 1 and Part 2), colored pencils, and Instructor book.

  • Item #: 015123
    ISBN: 9780865303614
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    Covers new words, context, denotation and connotation, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, homographs, multiple meanings, prefixes, suffixes, root words, compound words, figurative language, etymologies, and analogies. Amusement park theme.
  • Item #: 035930
    ISBN: 9780865304017
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  • Item #: 071196
    ISBN: 9781608266203
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    The Instructor Handbooks include an introduction that reviews the SYS philosophy, outlines the five developmental stages, and provides curriculum sequence and placement guidelines. The rest of the book contains the specifics for that particular level. These include a Getting Started section, Lesson-by-Lesson Instructions, a Weekly Activity Guide, and a Frequently Asked Questions section that addresses random issues that may arise.  

      An Answer Key for each level is included in the back of the Instructor’s Handbook. These answer keys are full-color and show the highlighting and underlining (in appropriate colors) that the student is being asked to do (which also simplifies the grading process). Each level has an online page with links to additional materials and resources. The website and an access code are included with each Instructor Handbook.

  • Item #: 071197
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    Includes 2 Student workbooks (Part 1 and Part 2), and colored pencils.

  • Item #: 033944
    ISBN: 9780983297987
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    Why not? Why not continue to teach spelling and vocabulary in high school? Just because most spelling programs end in either the 6th or 8th grade doesn't mean it's a good idea. This is the perfect program for a high schooler, allowing the student to combine spelling/vocabulary with particular subjects that are being studied. In the same manner as its younger sister, Phonetic Zoo, the program uses auditory input with frequency to achieve mastery. The newly revised (and lower-priced!) set includes two CD-ROMs which contain nine sets of MP3 audio vocabulary lessons and PDF booklets. Lesson sets follow specific subject topics including: Art & Architecture, Bible & Theology, Business & Economics, Government & Law, Greek & Latin Word Roots, Health & Science, Literature, Music and SAT/ACT. Each lesson features 24 words. Each word is pronounced, used in a sentence, and pronounced again, leaving time for the student to write the word. Later, the student checks his spelling as the word is spelled and the definition given on the CD. After each set of eight words, a short subject-related poem is inserted for the listener's relaxation. The student is expected to go through a lesson once each day until he can spell all its words perfectly. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 015120
    ISBN: 9780865303669
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    Covers commonly misspelled words, words with double letters, "i" before "e", exceptions to spelling rules, silent letters, "gh" and "ph", prefixes, roots, special endings, vowel combinations, homophones, and more.
  • Item #: 040318
    ISBN: 9781419034091
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  • Item #: 047969
    ISBN: 9781935197287
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    Level 1 Materials Packet includes phonogram chart & cards, tokens, sound cards, key cards, word cards, progress chart, certificate of achievement and stickers.

  • 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 #: 021561
    ISBN: 9780764144592
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    From the publisher Barron's is another quality book to simply make learning easier for you. Let me run through with you all that this comprehensive and logical spelling program covers: a 10,000 word ready reference spelling list; chapters on why to bother spelling correctly, why spelling is so difficult, why we misspell, how to become a good speller, and mnemonics; the section covering rules for spelling, which is broken down further to detail better spelling by ear, some special problems (-sede, -ceed, and -cede etc), prefixes, confusing suffixes, plurals of nouns, the final-y, the final-e, doubling final consonants, and the difference between British and American spelling; English as a second language; special devices such as the hyphen, the apostrophe, capital letters, and spelling abbreviations; and troublesome words like homonyms and homophones, word building, most frequently misspelled words, demons and superdemons, science and technology, computer terms, and medical terms. From the theory behind different aspects of spelling to the technical how and with what - I don't think they skipped a single step in teaching spelling. The chapters are clear, and they teach using many examples. Exercises are included throughout the book, and there are seven achievement tests in the back of the book to help test progress. Answers to all the exercises and tests are also included in this book that really does make spelling look like an easy thing to learn. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 004554
    ISBN: 9781879478213
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    In Spelling Plus 1000 Words toward Spelling Success, author Susan Anthony addresses her concerns of the difficulty students may encounter in applying what is learned from their spelling lessons to their actual writing. One of her recommendations was to incorporate the practice of dictation. The Spelling Dictation Resource Book, specifically written by Anthony to supplement Spelling Plus, provides the links between spelling, language mechanics, and real life writing applications. The goal of this book is to help students achieve balance between creativity and grammatical correctness in writing.

    In a concerted effort to help save time, this book provides sample sentences for dictation that correspond to the spelling lists presented in Spelling Plus. With the exception of the kindergarten lists, sentences are provided for each lesson; 20 for lists 4-47 and 10 for lists 48-69. All the spelling words from the previous week's lesson, as well as words that may follow the same spelling patterns that have been taught, are covered in the current dictation lesson. Additional features of this book include suggestions on how to use the Spelling Plus 1000 core words as a basis in teaching many language skills such as capitalization and punctuation as well as word histories for each of the 1000 words. In just 15-20 minutes a day, your child will quickly become proficient in checking and correcting his or her own written work while attaining the skill where writing is done with almost no conscious thought. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 020071
    ISBN: 9781619302372
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    You don’t have to wait for students to reach older ages to introduce them to scientific concepts in their world. This book, part of the Explore Your World! series, is a well-achieved blend between presenting scientific ideas in a meaty way while still providing lots of hands-on learning. Through activities and 25 projects, young readers (Guided Reading Level T) gain an understanding of basic Chemistry principles: matter and its changing states, solids, liquids, gases, mixtures and compounds. A strong amount of text (with an occasional science pun thrown in) is reinforced with bolded new vocabulary and definitions in boxed insets. It’s eye-appealing, too: hand-drawn, cartoon style illustrations and diagrams, and an Einstein-looking frog guides you along. Projects are user friendly (students will need some assistance): these are identified with purple margins and include step-by-step directions and supply lists. Lists of additional web and print resources, a glossary and an index enhance learning. 8” x 10”, 92 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 064687
    ISBN: 9781587924606
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  • Item #: 064690
    ISBN: 9781587924620
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  • Item #: 051236
    ISBN: 9781587924552
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  • Item #: 041615
    ISBN: 9781587924637
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      Give your little ones practice with recognizing upper and lower case letters as well as recognizing beginning letters with their corresponding words and pictures. The box set includes 52 double sided cardboard puzzle pieces to make 26 puzzles. Each puzzle piece has one connection and will only fit with the correct answer. On one side are the upper case letter and the lower case letters to match while the other side showcases a word and photo that uses the letter on the flipside. Pieces are created to fit exactly, to reinforce the right response. Completed puzzle piece measures 5 3/8x2 1/2” and 1/16wide. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 043329
    ISBN: 9781770443785
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    A comprehensive and age-appropriate study guide that helps students, educators, and parents alike navigate the new Common Core State Standards. With content developed by a team of teachers and curriculum specialists and reviewed by assessment experts with a minimum of five years of classroom teaching experience, SOLARO language arts study guides are wholly curriculum aligned and serve as an excellent source of material for review and practice. Each guide features sections such as Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Text Types and Purposes, Comprehension and Collaboration, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, as well as instructional pieces that clearly explain each of the key concepts for the course. Practice questions and sample tests have detailed solutions that show problem-solving methods, highlight concepts that are likely to be tested, and point out potential sources of errors. The multiplatform SOLARO study solution also features additional learning tools in the accompanying online version, allows educators to manage all of their classes with an intuitive interface through mobile apps or any web browser, and offers parents a free and easy-to-use online account, thus ensuring that children, educators, and parents alike are engaged in helping students achieve success.This age-appropriate study guide offers curriculum-aligned lessons, activities, exercises, and quizzes for seventh grade students who are learning the new Common Core State Standards in school.
  • Item #: 068703
    ISBN: 9781536914443
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      Targeting a slightly older crowd, this flexible curriculum resource may inspire delight-directed learning in your family. In this (mostly) self-study, children begin by choosing topics they wish to study and take steps to achieve their goals. Tips for wisely choosing resources while using these recommended resources: computer access and personal Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music, Google Earth and parent-approved news sources, educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math U See suggested). Listed are also a few necessary supplies: pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler.

      The heart of this course is the gentle, guiding learning in an array of subject areas including reading, creative writing, spelling and vocabulary, classical literature and music, mathematics (open ended to use with your math curriculum), science, geography, current events and much more. Comparing this to the author’s Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft, you will note overlapping activities but a different focus. The aforementioned course includes an animal and farm theme designed to engage younger learners, whereas the DIY Curriculum is written for a slightly older crowd and focuses on Geography and “world news today” events. Woven throughout the course are research projects to learn about mining in the real world, which provides a fascinating “rabbit trail” to a Minecraft study.

      If you are wondering which of the Thinking Tree Minecraft studies would best fit your child, younger children who thrive when working more directly with a parent, may find the Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft (#068704) a better option. While the reading level recommended for this course is grade 2 and up, many of the research activities and world studies seem better fit for an older child. Other activities like the backyard science nature walk and study may work with all ages. Another consideration in selecting these activities is the student’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. While the author does not define computer time in this course, her general guidelines for daily study are 5 pages per day for 10 years and under and 10 pages per day for 10 years and up (2-4 hours per day). Repetition is also built into this curriculum guide allowing students to study various aspects of Minecraft in a similar fashion.

  • Item #: 057357
    ISBN: 9781609787073
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    SAT test questions are designed with a progression in difficulty and include a certain number of questions that they expect very, very few students to be able to answer correctly. Most test prep books start with the general and don't even attempt to prepare students for that extremely difficult mini-percentage of questions. However, if you are a student who can zip through the basic questions, you may be one who has a real chance at achieving a 2400 score on the SAT – a perfect score. This is the book that will help you. Ignoring the basic questions and the basic strategies, the focus of this book is on the especially tricky concepts and tough questions. Why the push for a perfect or near-perfect score? To get into the school of your dreams.

    There are six sections:

    • 1) An overview of the SAT
    • 2) Critical reading – how to handle the hardest Long and Short Reading Passages, with special attention on the difficult Narrative, Science, and Paired Passages. Also include the best strategies for the difficult Sentence Completion questions (those with two blank and hard vocabulary).
    • 3) Writing section – how to turn a so-so essay into a top-scoring one as well as the Writing Multiple Choice questions.
    • 4) Math basics- effective strategies for handling the toughest math questions.
    • 5) A follow-up section that deals with the trickiest "straight math" questions – really tough questions that are not word problems.
    • 6) A follow-up section that deals with the ugly SAT Math word problems. There are five strategy chapters within these various sections each with advanced level strategies ending with a practice set to apply them.

    The best test preparation for high scorers involves a combination of taking real or simulated SATs under test-like conditions and studying the tips and techniques for acing the hard questions. This book is all about those tips and techniques. 395 pgs, pb ~ Janice