Verticy Learning
Full Curriculum / May 29, 2017

Verticy Learning Content: Full Grade(s): 3rd – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Online & Book Publisher: www.calverteducation.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Built on the simple premise that children who learn differently should be taught differently, the Verticy Learning program was created specifically for students who are struggling with reading, spelling, writing, or math for a variety of reasons including dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Based on the Orton-Gillingham teaching methodologies, the gold standard in dyslexia instruction, your child will experience a combination of multisensory instructional strategies and interactive online resources to develop reading, writing, spelling, and organizational skills. Your student will benefit by receiving information from a variety of voices including: in the home by a parent or tutor; multimedia online content such as instructional videos; via game-based math supplements; and by hearing literature selections that are “read” by an online tool. Verticy is available as individual supplemental courses, or as a complete homeschool curriculum combined with Calvert Core Lessons (Science, History, Social Studies, Geography, and Art), the Verticy Learning program will help your child develop…

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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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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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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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The Writing Road to Reading
Reading , Writing / February 6, 2011

The Writing Road to Reading Content: Phonics Grade(s): K-6 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Multiple books Publication Date: 2012 Publisher: www.spalding.org Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading, a total language arts program, integrates essential research-based components, an educational philosophy, and a methodology consisting of time-tested principles of learning and instruction. The Spalding Method is explicit, sequential, multisensory, and diagnostic. Students learn the purpose for every task and are active participants throughout Spalding lessons. Daily observations and assessments enable teachers to tailor instruction to meet each child’s individual needs. Spalding teachers believe that students’ physical and mental well-being is a primary concern, that all children can learn, and that they are committed to personal improvement. The K-6 program covers: * Phonemic awareness * Systematic phonics with handwriting * Pronunciation, spelling, and language rules * High frequency vocabulary instruction * Syllabication * Vocabulary development * Morphology (word structure) * Parts of speech and grammar * Composition * Literary appreciation * Text structure * Reading comprehension strategies The complete homeschool program includes the instructor’s guide, word cards, a CD, a DVD, an primer…

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Go Phonics
Reading / February 6, 2011

Go Phonics Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 3rd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Multiple books Publisher: www.gophonics.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Go Phonics is for teaching the K-2 basic skills language foundation all students need by 3rd grade. With these Orton-Gillingham based lessons and integrated tools for practice, students can achieve success to gain in reading, fluency, accuracy, comprehension, and spelling. It’s designed for direct instruction (one-on-one and small leveled groups). Go Phonics includes a Teacher’s Guide, assessments, 50 phonics games, 5 workbooks, songs, key word charts, letter cards, a Word Lists book, and 7 volumes of decodable stories. Students get the practice they need. Worksheets focus on the phonics and language arts (applied in the stories). Songs, raps, and poems are about the English language. The phonics games provide word decoding practice to build fluency, accuracy, and expand vocabulary. Skills are then applied in meaningful, decodable stories, with creative telling and writing suggestions based on the stories. Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Go Phonics? How did it work for your family?…

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MegaWords
Vocabulary , Writing / February 5, 2011

MegaWords, 2nd edition Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 4th – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 108 Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: http://eps.schoolspecialty.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Megawords 2nd Edition addresses the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. The Megawords approach enables students to master the multisyllabic words they encounter from the fourth-grade reading level and beyond. Within each book, words are organized according to word structure and spelling pattern. A consistent, six-step lesson is utilized to analyze and understand list words. Students first work with word parts and syllables, then combine syllables into whole words. Exercises increase reading and spelling proficiency by using words in context and in short, content-area passages that build comprehension and fluency About the Author: For over 60 years EPS Literacy and Intervention has been the leader in developing and publishing programs to help struggling students, including those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as providing materials that support on-level students so they can continue to meet their goals. Because one opinion…

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Spelling Power
Most Popular , Reading , Writing / February 5, 2011

Spelling Power Content: Spelling Grade(s): 3rd and up Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Required Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 322 Publication Date: Castlemoyle Books Publisher: spellingpower.com From Castle Moyle’s website: Adams-Gordon’s Spelling Power uses all the successful techniques pioneered by Orton and Gillingham in the 1930s. Building on this solid foundation, Adams-Gordon’s Spelling Power incorporates the latest, research-proven spelling and teaching techniques including: Activities for students of all learning-styles Fun, hands-on, inductive skill-building activities Individualized so all learners, from Dyslexic to Gifted, succeed Scientifically-organized, proprietary 5,000 word list 21st Century tools for both teacher & students Spelling Power’s spiral curriculum approach of repeated, spaced review assures your students will master every word they study. Multi-sensory study steps, inductive learning activities, interesting skill-building activities and games, and the incorporation of spelling into the rest of your curriculum are integral aspects of Adams-Gordon’s Spelling Power program. Everything you need to teach each of your students spelling skills to the college level is contained in this one easy-to-use, step-by-step curriculum package. You’ll even find everything you need to know to teach them proofreading and dictionary skills. Students will: Review key phonetics principles Learn consistently applicable spelling rules Practice…

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Right Into Reading
Reading / February 3, 2011

Right into Reading Content: Phonics Grade(s): K-3rd+ Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: None Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ? Pages: 204 Publication Date: 2002 Publisher: eps.schoolspecialty.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** A phonics-based reading and comprehension program for beginning readers or older students who are having difficulty learning to read. Right into Reading provides a solid foundation in basic sounds and a wide variety of readings from the earliest level. Phonics skills are introduced in a carefully ordered sequence of “bite-size” lessons so that students can progress easily and successfully from one reading level to the next. Narratives are included from the earliest lessons, and include adventure, mystery, folktales, legends, and historical and science fiction. Each lesson begins with a phonics rule or definition highlighted in red and practice words to illustrate the rule. Writing practice and exercises are incorporated into every lesson. Every lesson follows the same, consistent format. Teacher’s keys are available with reduced student pages. Cumulative lessons build from short vowel sounds to more complex, irregular vowel combinations. The 4-volume Right into Reading can be used independently as a reading curriculum, or it can supplement a larger basal program. About the Author: For…

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