Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension
Reading / February 20, 2011

Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 3rd – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: No Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 156 Publication Date: 2008 Publisher: www.prufrock.com Updated Review: May 7, 2014 From Prufrock Press’ website: The Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets reading comprehension skills in learners by moving students through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts using a field-tested method developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary. In the form of three skill ladders connected to individual readings in poetry, myths/fables, and nonfiction, students move from lower order, concrete thinking skills to higher order, critical thinking skills. Each book, geared to increasing grade levels, includes high-interest readings, ladders to increase reading skill development, and easy-to-implement instruction. The ladders include multiple skills necessary for academic success, covering language arts standards, such as sequencing, cause and effect, classification, making generalizations, inference, and recognizing themes and concepts. Jacob’s Ladder, Level 1 is geared to students in grades 2–3, Level 2 is aimed at learners in grades 4–5, and Level 3 is based on skill development standards for students in grades 6–8 About the Authors:…

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Sonday System
Featured , Reading / February 17, 2011

Sonday System, 2nd Edition Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 5th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Packaged Kit Publication Date: 2088 Publisher: www.winsorlearning.com Review Last Updated: Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** The Sonday System 1 guides beginning reading, writing and spelling instruction, reading intervention, instruction for English Language Learners (ELL) and is highly effective in the Response to Intervention (RtI) model. The Sonday System 1 provides a lesson template for instructors to teach the essential skills to their students in every lesson, every day. The system is an Orton-Gillingham based, systematic, explicit, sequential, and cumulative multisensory language instruction program which cements student learning into long-term memory. The system is easy for instructors to use and contains: a check for knowledge, five Pre-Reading and thirty-six Reading Levels, mastery checks and templates for creating personal learning plans. The concepts and elements taught in Level 1 are: Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Consonant and Vowel Sounds, Vowel Pairs, Consonant Blends and Diagraphs, R Controlled Vowels, Vowel Consonant-e, Compound Words, Non-Phonetic Words, Spelling, Rules for English Language, Reading/Writing Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Before beginning Sonday System 2 the student should be…

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Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons
Reading / February 17, 2011

Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 395 Publication Date: 1983 Publisher: www.startreading.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons contains 100 twenty–minute lessons that are clearly color–coded and scripted (including how to motivate, teach, and correct) so that both you and the child you are teaching can be successful. How successful? After kids complete the 100 lessons they read on a solid second grade level. About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Haddox, began her wide range of career experiences in education more than 40 years ago as a classroom teacher and then reading specialist in California. On the faculty of the University of Oregon she provided hands-on training to doctoral students and others in supervisory, teaching and management techniques. Siegfried Engelmann is a professor of education at the University of Oregon, and has written many books on teaching, including Give Your Child a Superior Mind. He is the originator of Direct Instruction. Because one opinion is never enough! Have…

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Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
Reading / February 17, 2011

Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 400 Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: www.welltrainedmind.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading — from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book. Clarification: we do NOT offer a guarantee that children who learn phonics from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading will win the spelling bee. We only guarantee that they will grow up to be avid readers with fantastic grades who get into elite universities, then proceed to change the world with their creativity, erudition, and passion, while respecting rich and poor alike, and calling their parents at least twice a week with genuine gratitude and in-depth updates. About the Author: Jesse Wise and Sara Buffington wrote The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading Because one…

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Plaid Phonics
Reading / February 16, 2011

Plaid Phonics Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 6th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: Multiple books Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.pearsonhomeschool.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Plaid Phonics has a 50-year history of helping children learn to read, with more than 55 million children having successfully used the program. Plaid Phonics uses hands-on activities to help you create engaging lesson plans. The activities are designed to help your child develop spelling abilities, recognize words in context and use phonics for personal writing and building words using suffixes and prefixes. Level K develops alphabetic and Phonemic awareness, phonics, and oral language skills youngsters need. Letters and sounds are introduced through a consistent six-page lesson sequence, which includes letter recognition, writing the letter, phonemic awareness, around-symbol correspondence, and a Picture Dictionary page. Level A helps students recognize basic parts of a sentence, including capitalization and punctuation; Read words with a single syllable that have simple spellings, such as “cat”; Break longer words into syllables to try and sound them out; and Read simple words that have irregular spellings, such as “where”. Level B empowers students…

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Phonetic Zoo
Reading , Spelling / February 8, 2011

Phonetic Zoo Content: Spelling Grade(s): 3rd and up Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 5 Audio CDs and Zoo Cards Publication Date: 1999 Publisher: www.excellenceinwriting.com Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** After a short introductory lesson, students independently take spelling tests until 100% mastery of the list is achieved twice. Students learn spelling rules incrementally, which will help with future spelling, and personal spelling lists ensure that all a student’s spelling needs are addressed. The spelling program is for students in third grade on up and consists of three levels (A, B, and C). If you are not sure what level to start with, take the Spelling Placement Test. Although not all of the possible spelling rules are presented in The Phonetic Zoo, enough of them are provided in a fun way that students will learn to look for patterns and discover other rules as they explore spelling. This program provides your student with enough rules to be successful, but not too many to be discouraged. Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Phonetic Zoo? How did it work for your family? Share…

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IEW Teaching the Classics
Reading / February 8, 2011

/ IEW Teaching the Classics Content: Reading Comprehension Grade(s): K-12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Extensive Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Extensive Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 97 Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: iew.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** By using short stories as the models and the Socratic approach as the method, the authors systematically prepare you to teach character, plot, theme, and other elements of fiction and literary analysis. You can quickly equip your children with literary study tools that can then be used easily on longer works. Skills gained through this program will allow you to study any piece of literature. Includes a video seminar on 4 DVDs and a spiral-bound syllabus. Suitable for teaching all levels. Although this is meant to be teacher training, older students will enjoy viewing it too. About the Author: Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses—with clarity, insight, practical experience, and welcome humor—issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills….

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IEW Student Writing Intensive
Reading , Writing / February 8, 2011

IEW Student Writing Intensive Content: Writing Grade(s): A (3rd-5th); B (6th – 8th); and C (9th-12th) Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 100 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.excellenceinwriting.com Updated Review: 01/02/2014 From Excellence is Writing’s website: Recorded live, this DVD writing course for students by Andrew Pudewa is comprised of four writing sessions on DVD. Each session presents structural models and stylistic techniques from our TWSS Syllabus. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher notes, source texts, and checklists providing fifteen comprehensive lessons to ensure your student masters each unit before moving on to the next. Since each lesson can take one to two weeks to complete, the entire package can provide 15–30 weeks of writing instruction. Level A: Grades 3-5 Level B: Grades 6-8 Level C: High School Picking up where the original SWI of that level left off, Student Intensive Continuation Course DVDs provide 32 more lessons to take your student through the rest of the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style writing units. Because the lesson plans are chock full of material, you can use this product for 1-2 years of writing instruction. All the student handouts,…

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Classical Phonics
Reading / February 7, 2011

Classical Phonics Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 126 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: Classical Phonics is a deceptively simple little book our teachers and families use constantly in both Kindergarten and first grade. It consists of phonetically-arranged word lists for students to practice their growing phonics skills. In a word list there are no context clues, so the learner must rely on his mastery of letter sounds. For instance, if your child can pronounce each word in this list correctly – pot, pat, pit, put, pet – he knows his short vowel sounds, and you can move on to long vowels! If not, he needs more practice, and Classical Phonics is the most effective tool I know of to address the repetition that young ones need when learning to read. Classical Phonics can be used as a supplement to any phonics program and covers nearly all English phonograms and sounds taught through second grade. Classical Phonics is your handy tool for phonics practice and for building confident readers. About the Author: Cheryl Lowe graduated from…

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First Start Reading
Reading / February 7, 2011

First Start Reading Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 70 Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: First Start Reading covers consonants, short 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 three student books and twenty-five phonetic stories, such as “Hogs and Pigs” and “Jog to the Jet.” A Teacher Manual guides you through the program and provides helpful assessments and teaching tips. Be sure to check out Classical Phonics, an ideal practice companion to First Start Reading. About the Author: Cheryl Lowe graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in chemistry and from Western KY University with an M.S in Biology. Cheryl has had wide teaching experience teaching everything from phonics, reading, math, Bible, and chemistry to Shakespeare and Latin, and teaching in public and private schools, as well as homeschooling. Cheryl and her son Brian founded Memoria Press in 1998 and in 2000, the highly successful Highlands Latin School, where all of the…

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