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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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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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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Phonics Pathways
Reading / February 6, 2011

Phonics Pathways, 10th Edition Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 3rd Perspective: Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 288 Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.dorbooks.com Review Last Updated: Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Clear step-by-step directions begin and end every lesson throughout the book – no prior experience or special training is needed. Extensive examples, word lists, and practice readings accompany each lesson – no other material is needed. Lessons are systematic, incremental, and progressive. Only one letter is introduced at a time, beginning with short-vowel sounds. Every letter introduced is accompanied by multiple pictures beginning with that sound. A multisensory method addresses all learning styles. Reading and spelling are taught as an integrated unit. Sounds and spelling patterns are presented one at a time and in order of complexity, ranging from simple to complex. Sight words are introduced by pattern also, along with the sound being introduced. Accuracy in reading and spelling is taught from the very first lesson. Wise, humorous proverbs offer great insight, encouragement, and inspiration. Promotes values such as patience, perseverance, honesty, compassion, courage, kindness, and loyalty. About the Author: Dolores G. Hiskes, the author, illustrator,…

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