The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit, Grades K-1 contains everything you need to teach a child to read and is for Kindergarten and 1st grade. Easy-for-Me™ is especially effective at closing gaps in understanding for children who have missed out on some basic skills and are not progressing as they could be.
Beginning readers, struggling readers, and older non-readers will thrive with a right-brain, multisensory approach to teaching reading.
Easy-for-Me™ Reading teaches the five essential components of reading in a way kids can learn.
Because words are made of sounds instead of letter names, that is how we teach reading. Children learn their sounds and then have a chance for extensive auditory practice in every lesson.
Explicit, in-depth phonics instruction taught visually and kinesthetically forms the backbone of Easy-for-Me Reading. Instead of teaching letter sequences, the program focuses on sound spellings so that every letter in a word is accounted for and children learn the building blocks of words.
Learning vocabulary is key. Starting in Lesson 1, children learn not only their first sound, but also their first sight word. They go on to learn 118 high-frequency words along with many words that are related by sound spelling.
From the very beginning of the curriculum, fluency is a critical goal. Children are taught to scan text looking for sound spelling patterns they have learned, but they also are learning many words on sight, learning to use pictures to cue their reading, and echo-reading with their teacher as they learn phrasing and expression.
Among the many resources provided for the teacher, comprehension activities abound. Included are activities for word/picture match, initial sound/picture match, sentence/picture match, story sequencing activities, etc. Children practice visualizing in every lesson to help strengthen visual memory.
We have added a 6th skill to the “5 Essential Reading Skills” because writing is the other side of the coin from reading. What goes into the mind needs to come out through the hand in the form of writing. What the child learns is reinforced and deepened in this way, and the learning cycle is complete.
Both students and teachers say "this is easy for me!" because we include many right-brained helps for teaching concepts that children often struggle to remember. We include tactile and kinesthetic elements in every lesson, utilize story to explain concepts, and provide hooks for remembering.
The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual contains 77 self-paced lessons that are laid out in detail so you know exactly what to do without being a specialist in education. Lessons take 20-30 minutes but are designed to allow children to go at their own speed.
Activities for centers, cross-curricular activities and information, comprehension activities, reading follow-up, picture cards for each letter of the alphabet, story sequencing, games, and so much more. Every lesson has resources provided for hands-on learning!
There are not only activities for teaching sight words, but there are word wall activities, and comprehension activities. Having the Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual is like having two whole books in one
The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual includes several printable mini-posters that you may use in teaching and then post in the classroom. There are posters for remembering how to spell OU and OW, for distinguishing between ME and MY and many more. The visuals and motions help the child, and having these resources done for you helps the teacher as well.
Included in the kit are 118 SnapWords® sight word cards. They include a word in the form of a stylized image as well as a sentence and body motion. Kids need instruction in both sight words recognition and explicit phonics skills. We start on day one teaching both, so that by Lesson 20, the child can read his first book!
Speaking of reading books the Easy-For-Me™ Teaching Kit, Grades K-1 comes with 22 books in Easy-for-Me™ Children's Readers Set A! The manual will tell you when to introduce the first book so that the child will be prepared before he is asked to read a story.
There are two very powerful alphabet tools in the kit. First is Alphabet tales which contains stories and images perfect for captivating and teaching children. Alphabet Tales is filled with colorful illustrations, exciting and easy to understand language, and best of all… the stories and their illustrations will make your child learn and remember both the letters and their sounds.
The second tool is Alphabet Teaching Cards. Use Alphabet Teaching Cards for close-up instruction with one or a group of children as you learn the letter shapes and sounds together. Images are instantly snapped in children's memories, tying letter and sound together, thus avoiding future problems connecting the two.
Mini-lessons are printed on the back of each card, making it a cinch for the teacher to present new letters and sounds, teach tips for letter formation, know in which order to teach the writing of the letters, and much more. No lesson planning needed!
Easy-for-Me is designed specifically to close common gaps in learning to read. Rather than expecting any child to intuit or guess, every skill is taught specifically so no child is left behind.
There is a skills tracking form for each of the three sections in the Teaching Manual. These serve as easy-to-use records on each child, which will show at a glance exactly how each child is doing. What I love about the skill tracking form is that the focus turns away from just getting through the lesson, and towards bringing EVERY child into success.
Pickup your Easy-For-Me Teaching Kit 1 today and allow your student to say “This is easy for me!”