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Early Grades

Children in early elementary grades who struggle are missing some basic skills that can be remedied using the right approach and the right tools. The BIG 3 tools are Visuals, Story, and Body Motions. All the recommended resources utilize these tools.

The basic skills that are needed are:

  1. Basic sounds - most especially their vowel sounds.
  2. Knowledge of high frequency/sight words is critically important. 
  3. Language patterns/sound spelling patterns will help them figure out unknown words.
  4. Addition & Subtraction math facts known instantly and fluently.

Sounds

Alphabet Teaching Cards

The quickest and most effective way to gain knowledge of sounds and their letters is by using a resource that shows the letter made into an object that looks like the letter shape and has the sound of the letter as well.

For 1st graders, reading Alphabet Tales would work very well. For 2nd and 3rd graders, likely the Alphabet Teaching Cards would be more appropriate.

Images are instantly snapped in children's memories, tying letter and sound together, and 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!

 

Sight Words

607 SnapWords Pocket Chart Cards

607 SnapWords® Pocket Chart CardsThe reason sight words are so important is that they make up most of the text children will read in the early grades. When children are learning to read, they have to spend so much time sounding out words and when that is mostly what they do, reading can be super tedious for them. Use SnapWords® to jump start your child into fluency and comprehension.

607 SnapWords Pocket Chart Cards
 actually provides you with 643 high-frequency words embedded in colorful images. You don't need to look any further for powerful resources to help your students learn sight words quickly and effectively. 

 Included:

  • Lists A-G
  • Numbers, Colors, Days, Months & Seasons Pocket Chart Cards
  • Nouns List 1
  • Nouns List 2
  • Verbs
  • SnapWords® Mini-Lessons
  • The Complete Sight Words in Sentences (for practice in reading sight words in context).

 

Reading Activities

Beyond Sight Words Activities A

This resource will provide you with over 200 pages of printable reading activities that will cover basic reading skills thoroughly. Your child will think he/she is playing, but reading skills will soar.

Beyond Sight Words Activities A teaches 368 words including the SnapWords® picture sight words found in SnapWords® List A. All additional words are related by word family or sound spelling.

Activities target: word recognition, comprehension, spelling, writing, phonics, phonemic awareness, and alphabetic principle.

 

 

Spelling & Phonics

The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns

The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling PatternsChildren who struggle with reading, spelling, and sounding out larger words will benefit from this resource. The visuals and patterns in this book make memorizing words, phonics rules, and decoding easy.

The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns will take the mystery out of words! Children who can't memorize will benefit from this approach to teaching phonics concepts, spelling, and sounds that require multiple letters. The book is entertaining, full of cartoons that help to drive the lessons home, and is funny. The book is leveled as to difficulty, starting at zero and moving clear through to the most advanced sound spellings in our language. This approach has worked to bring children up to grade level in reading very quickly.

A finite number of sounds make up all the words in the English language. With The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns, students learn to read/spell those sounds that are the building blocks of all words. Students are engaged in listening to sounds, finding patterns, and learning through cartoons and story bytes. The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns demystifies reading by giving students the tools they need to decode unknown, difficult words with ease.

 

Non-Readers

Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit 1

Easy-for-Me Reading KitBeginning readers and children who have missed out on some basic skills and are not progressing as they should be need this kit. This approach has been very effective for children who have not been able to learn to read using traditional methods.

What is included?
 
The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit 1 contains everything you need to teach 1-6 children to read. The multisensory materials empower you to reach a diverse group of learning styles at one time while ensuring that no child is left out. The program is especially effective at closing gaps in understanding for children who have missed out on some basic skills and are not progressing as they should be. The materials are also perfect for beginners, and if used as outlined, prevent learning difficulties for many children who would otherwise struggle in learning to read. 



Included:• Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 
• CD of resources to print 
• Alphabet Tales 
• Alphabet Teaching Cards 
• SnapWords® List A Teaching Cards and SnapWords® Numbers, Colors, Days, Months, & Seasons Teaching Cards (82 words in all) 
• Easy-for-Me™ Children's Readers Set A (22 books) 
How to Teach SnapWords® (free book) 

 

Addition & Subtraction To 10

Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction Book and Games

If your child is lost when it comes to adding and subtracting, reach for this book. This book starts at the very beginning. It is ideal for those learning number recognition, counting, writing numbers, ordering numbers, number sense, and addition & subtraction to 10. 

Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction is the first in our two-part series on addition & subtraction that focuses on making math easy for children who typically struggle with remembering math facts. Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction takes a left-brained subject (symbols, abstract concepts, rules to memorize, etc.) and integrates right-brained elements and body motion in order to engage the multiple regions in the brain during the learning process. This means that what used to be tedious and discouraging for your child is now easy and enjoyable. Instead of memorizing number facts, your child will be hearing stories, seeing pictures, arranging numbers in patterns, doing hand motions and the facts will just stick! 

 


Addition & Subtraction Over 10

 


Right-Brained Place Value Book & Games 

Children who have mastered addition & subtraction to 10 will benefit from this book. It picks up right where Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction left off.

Right-Brained Place Value
is the companion piece to the Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction book. It's a colorful, fun, and effective way of teaching multi-digit addition & subtraction - or computation involving numbers over 10! This book and complimentary math flash cards pick up right where Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction left off. Very young students will easily master the concept of place value because instruction targets multiple regions in the brain at one time. Color, story, action, and patterning - all these elements are designed to fully engage your student. Best of all, for children who have a hard time memorizing and remembering math facts, this set will be a life-saver!