All About Reading
Featured , Reading / May 26, 2017

All About Reading Content: Reading Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement:Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 201 Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.allaboutlearningpress.com From All About Reading’s website: All About Reading is a scripted, open-and-go program developed for busy parents, teachers, and tutors who want to teach reading in the most effective way possible. This program doesn’t require long periods of study, you don’t have to develop your own lesson plans, and you don’t have to stress over what to teach next—because everything is laid out for you, step by step. You’ll get solid grounding in how to teach reading without being overwhelmed. Your student will be actively involved in the learning process. This is a truly multisensory program; your student will learn through sight, sound, and touch. Everything is taught in context, and your student will apply what he has learned right away. Your student will be engaged in thinking, processing, comparing, and learning. Pre-Reading Program Designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners It feels like play, but your child will actually be learning essential pre-reading skills Level 1 Covers letter sounds for A– Z, plus consonant teams TH, SH, CH, CK, NG, and…

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First Language Lessons
Grammar , Reading / May 26, 2017

First Language Lessons Content: Grammar Grade(s): 1-2 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 188 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: peacehillpress.com Common Core Aligned: No Review of First Language Lessons First Language Lessons is a teacher’s manual for introducing language arts to 1st and 2nd grade students. Based on the classical principles of (1) Memory Work; (2) Copying and Dictation; (3) Narration; and (4) Grammar, you’ll find 100 short lessons per grade that you can use as a grammar primer. The second edition of this book presents the text in a much easier-to-read layout and design, without altering the actual content of the book. The author, Jesse Wise (yes, the author of The Well Trained Mind), presents a rule-based, narrative approach for helping children develop an ear for the correct use of language. What that means for your child is that they spend a lot of time listening to you read a script from the manual; reciting grammar rules 3 times in a row – 3 times a day – multiple days in a row; and answering a few oral questions each day. Each lesson can be completed in 5 – 15…

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The Logic of English Foundations
Reading / November 18, 2013

The Logic of English Foundations Content: Phonics, Comprehension, & Spelling Grade(s): PreK – 2nd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Required Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ – $$$$ Pages: 200+ Varies by book. Publication Date: 2012 Publisher: www.logicofenglish.com From the Logic of English website: The Logic of English: Foundations teaches children ages 4 to 7 years old to read real books without guessing or memorizing sight words. Students develop phonemic awareness, learn to read and write the 74 basic phonograms, and increase reading fluency through structured but playful activities. The innovative Rhythm of Handwriting method is built into the Foundations curriculum aiding students in developing fluid handwriting. Step-by-step students grow in reading comprehension skills beginning with phrases, advancing to sentences, then paragraphs, and culminating in reading well-known children’s books. Inspired by evidence-based reading research, Foundations combines multi-sensory learning with the latest in linguistic research thereby providing students the best possible foundation for education: strong reading and writing skills. Level A: Students begin reading phrases using lowercase and short vowels. Level B: Students read 1-syllable sentences and are introduced to long vowel and schwa sounds. Level C: Students read multi-syllable words within controlled paragraphs. Level D: Students master phonograms and…

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Hooked on Phonics
Reading / April 8, 2013

Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Content: Phonics Grade(s): PreK – 2nd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: www.hookedonphonics.com Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Children learn at their own pace, mastering each new skill before they move on to the next. Practicing and reinforcing new skills is designed to be fun, and every experience ends with a celebration. PreK: Uses a simple and fun approach to give children a strong foundation in phonemic awareness. Teaches rhyming, beginning sounds, letter names and sounds. Includes engaging phonics-based activities, music videos, and online games. Designed for children ages 3 to 4. Kindergarten: Each lesson is designed to take about 20 minutes a day. It covers beginning and ending sounds, short and long vowel sounds, sound combinations, basic word endings, and simple sight words. Includes a library of original books written by award-winning authors. Designed for children ages 4 to 6. 1st Grade: Learn to Read First Grade is designed to help kids learn the building blocks of reading to help them become confident readers. It teaches: Beginning and ending consonant blends; as well as -er,…

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ABC Mouse
Math , Reading , Science , Social Studies / August 31, 2012

ABC Mouse Content: Full Curriculum Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ?– Monthly Pages: Online Publisher: www.abcmouse.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** ABCmouse.com offers a depth and breadth of educational content for early learners, with more than 5,000 individual learning activities and more than 450 lesson plans. The curriculum includes six different types of activities: Children’s books, children’s songs, animated videos, games, puzzles, art activities, and 1,000+ printables to complete away from the computer. ABCmouse.com includes the following subjects and topics: Language development (vocabulary, listening skills, grammar) Reading (the alphabet, phonics, sight words, comprehension, genres, reading strategies) Math (numbers and operations, shapes, measurement, patterns,) Science and Technology (weather, plants and animals, matter and energy, space science, inventions) Social Studies: families and communities, geography and maps, U.S. history, states, famous Americans) Health: the human body, habits for health and safety, health care Up to four individuals per family account can be logged in at the same time, provided they are each using their own computer or device. About the Publisher: ABCmouse.com was created by Age of Learning, a…

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Flash Kids: Reading for Gifted Students
Reading / January 11, 2012

Flash Kids: Reading for Gifted Students Content: Reading Comprehension Grade(s): 1st – 6th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: None Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ? Pages: 192 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.flashkids.com ** From the Publisher’s Website ** A gifted child’s reading level, critical-thinking ability, and interests can range far beyond his or her current grade level. This workbook caters to that unique capacity. It contains almost two hundred pages of reading material carefully calibrated for your advanced student. Challenging reading passages present new vocabulary and offer a depth and range of information on fascinating nonfiction. These passages are followed by true or false, multiple choice, cause and effect, ordering, and even creative writing questions to test analytical thinking skills and reinforce your student’s understanding of the readings. The varied activities encourage your gifted learner to experience learning at an accelerated level. Each Reading for the Gifted Student workbook features: Inviting readings that favor nonfiction such as science, social studies, and the arts Comprehension questions and activities in various short- and long-answer formats Full-color illustrations and diagrams that bring concepts to life Perforated pages for on-the-go practice

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Rockin’ Root Words
Reading , Writing / May 9, 2011

Rockin’ Root Words Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 3rd – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: No Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 161 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.prufrock.com Updated Review: May 7, 2014 From Prufrock’s website: If your students like Red Hot Root Words, they are going to love Rockin’ Root Words, an exciting twist on vocabulary development! In these comprehensive books, students will enjoy learning the roots, suffixes, and prefixes of more than 500 common vocabulary, words presented in an easy-to-follow style that utilizes visual learning and word maps to enhance student comprehension and memory. By teaching students word parts using word webs, graphic organizers, and cartoons, teachers can ensure that every student in their classroom understands the basics of vocabulary development. Book 1 is focused on vocabulary for grades 3–5 and covers a variety of topics, including numbers, colors, family and relationships, location and distance, and scientific vocabulary. Book 2 is geared to the more advanced vocabulary needs of students in grades 6–8, covering topics, including time, human emotions and experiences, biological sciences, government and politics, and religion. About the Authors: Manisha Shelley Kaura was a high school senior from the Detroit area when Rockin’…

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Red Hot Root Words
Reading , Writing / May 9, 2011

Red Hot Root Words Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 3rd – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: No Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 120 Publication Date: 2005 Publisher: www.prufrock.com Updated Review: May 7, 2014 From Prufrock’s website: Book 1 – Grades 3-5 A knowledge of word parts gives students a head start on decoding words in reading and testing situations. Each of the well-developed lessons in this text includes: * one to three word parts along with meanings and sample words, * five vocabulary words that use the prefixes or root words, * definitions and sample sentences for each of the five words, * a practice exercise that lets students apply knowledge of the words and their meanings, and * a one-page review worksheet for one or two lessons that presents more unique opportunities to work with the prefixes and root words and to see how they are combined with suffixes. Book 2 – Grades 6-8 This book, the second in a two-book series, contains three sections (prefixes, root words, and suffixes), but each section has the same format. Each of the lessons include: * two to four prefixes, suffixes, or root words along with meanings and…

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Reading Reflex
Reading / February 28, 2011

Reading Reflex Content: Phonics Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 368 Publication Date: 1999 Publisher: www.simonandschuster.com Updated Review: May 12, 2014 From Simon & Schuster’s Free Press website: Reading Reflex: The Foolproof Phono-Graphix Method for Teaching Your Child to Read An effective and easy-to-understand approach, Phono-Graphix enables you to teach your child to read in one-tenth the time of phonics with a 100 percent success rate. In just eleven weeks, you can bring your kindergartner to first-grade-level reading—even learning-disabled children can reach grade level or higher in just twelve weeks. Reading Reflex provides you with: Simple diagnostic tests to determine your child’s reading level, and a Literacy Growth Chart so you’ll know what goals to establish Detailed instructions and illustrations to help your child develop strong, consistent reading skills and to correct ineffective reading strategies such as part-word reading and memorizing Fun and easy-to-follow exercises, hands-on materials, worksheets, stories, and games that you and your child can do together Enjoyable lessons that are carefully constructed to meet the interests and capabilities of children of all ages About the Author: Because one opinion is never enough! Have…

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Barton Reading
Reading / February 28, 2011

Barton Reading Content: Reading Grade(s): PreK – 5th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Publisher: www.bartonreading.com Updated Review: May 12, 2014 From Barton Reading’s website: The Barton Reading & Spelling System teaches people from all walks of life exactly how to tutor people with dyslexia. The Barton System is divided into ten levels and is Orton-Gillingham influenced. The tutor training DVDs contain 5-6 hours of in-depth instruction. Susan Barton, the program developer, will demonstrate, with a real student, every lesson you’ll be teaching. You’ll stop and practice new skills every ten to fifteen minutes. And, you’ll see mistakes students may make – and how to correct them. Complete lesson plans are provided in the Tutor Manual. There is enough material in the lesson plans to teach a lesson twice – without using the same words, sentences, or stories. Each page contains a wide column with full scripting (for those who want that level of support) and a narrow column with just summary information. Each level contains from 10 to 15 lessons. (Levels 1 and 2 are a bit shorter.) If a student is being tutored twice a week, it will take…

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