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Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 1

Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 1 is your key to unlocking 77 self-paced lessons that ingeniously blend systematic phonics instruction and sight word acquisition with right-brained strategies like visuals, movement, story, humor, and hands-on activities. The lessons are meticulously detailed, providing a clear roadmap for educators without the need for specialized training. Plus, all resources and assessments are conveniently available in PDF format, ready to be printed from your computer. Transform your teaching approach with Easy-for-Me™ Reading and set the stage for a lifetime of reading excellence!

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The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manuals stand as the foundation of a groundbreaking reading program, offering educators and parents a powerful tool to facilitate effective reading instruction for children. Rooted in the philosophy of purposeful teaching, these manuals adopt methods that resonate with a child's natural learning processes. Following the success of Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 1, the Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 2 seamlessly extends the journey, equipping learners with essential reading skills.

The key feature of these manuals lies in their embrace of natural learning approaches. Concepts are introduced through right-brained strategies, including imagery, storytelling, body motion, comprehension exercises, and kinesthetic connections. This approach aligns with a child's innate learning tendencies, fostering engagement and retention throughout the learning process.

The Easy-for-Me™ Reading Program, integrated into these manuals, presents a comprehensive approach to reading. Robust phonics instruction, sight word acquisition, and structural analysis of words are harmoniously blended. This multifaceted method ensures a holistic understanding of reading, addressing crucial components such as phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension.

Each manual comprises a structured sequence of self-paced lessons, providing detailed instructions for educators and parents alike. This design allows for easy implementation without the need for specialized educational expertise. All necessary resources and assessments are conveniently provided in printable PDF format, enhancing accessibility and streamlining the teaching process.

Continuity and progression are central to the Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manuals. The second manual seamlessly continues from where the first one concludes, ensuring a smooth and progressive development of essential reading skills. This continuity serves as a building block for sustained success in reading.

The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manuals are a transformative resource, revolutionizing the way children learn to read. Through an engaging, purposeful, and highly effective approach, these manuals make the reading process enjoyable and accessible for learners.

Please note that the Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manuals are thoughtfully crafted to utilize Child1st materials, available in kits, but can also serve as a valuable supplemental guide for other reading instruction.

Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manuals are available in two formats:

  • Physical   physical book, measuring 8.5” x 11”, softcover
  • Download  - printable PDF file of the book

Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 1 is designed to be used with the following materials, which are available in a kit, but can serve as a supplemental guide for other reading instruction:

Alphabet Tales
SnapWords® List A
Easy-for-Me™ Children’s Readers Set A
Recommended but not necessary:
Alphabet Teaching Cards
SnapWords® Number, Colors, Days, Months, & Seasons
How to Teach SnapWords®

The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 1 is organized into three distinct sections:

  • Section 1 
  • Lays a robust foundation for children to embark on their reading journey. With a minimal set of tools, students comprehend the why and how of reading before delving into intricate details. This approach is magical for beginners and older non-readers alike. It effectively closes learning gaps, imparts only essential knowledge, connects each new element to prior concepts, and ensures all teaching directly embeds into the child's powerful visual and body memory.
  • By Lesson 20, children master 8 sounds and 4 words, enabling them to read the first two books in Set A Readers. By Lesson 30, armed with 8 sounds and having learned 23 sight words, students can read a total of 7 books from Set A Readers.
  • Section 2
  • Continues the journey by introducing new sounds, blending them, exploring writing, crafting words, acquiring related sight words, and reading books. As children progress to Section 2, they already comprehend the essence of reading, making the addition of new tools seamless, and their pace accelerates.
  • Section 3
  • Marks the culmination of the reading journey. It covers the remaining sounds, incorporates the final 5 SnapWords® from List A, and culminates with the reading of the last 7 books from Easy-for-Me™ Children’s Readers Set A, completing the process of learning to read.

Unleash the power of Easy-for-Me™ Reading to seamlessly teach the art of reading to learners of all styles! This program is specially crafted to resonate with picture thinkers, right-brained learners, kinesthetic and visual learners, and other nontraditional learners. Designed for simplicity and success, it's a breeze for the child and a joy for the teacher. Experience the magic of teaching once and captivating the minds of all your students.

For an enriched learning experience, consider pairing with these other great Child1st resources for an engaging multisensory learning experience!

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What's Included

  • Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 1
    92 pages covering 77 lessons
  • Download of Resources and Assessments
    204 pages

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I help a child struggling with letters and their sounds?

Stories and visuals serve as potent instruments for engaging and educating children. Young learners naturally gravitate toward visual stimuli, stories that captivate their imagination, and interactive, tactile experiences. When crafting each letter of the alphabet, align its shape with a recognizable object. This association links the letter's form with its corresponding sound. By incorporating images, children can seamlessly connect letter shapes with their phonetic sounds. The addition of stories and imagery reinforces the memorization of letters and their associated sounds. Furthermore, the inclusion of hands-on and tactile activities enhances the learning experience.

What letters should children learn first?

Teaching the alphabet in the traditional alphabetical order, as seen in the alphabet song, isn't inherently magical or more effective. Letters in words don't always follow the alphabetical sequence either. Alphabet Tales takes a different approach by presenting the alphabet in a deliberate order that enables young learners to construct simple words right away. This approach offers a clever and practical way to demonstrate the purpose of letters to children. For instance, Alphabet Tales introduces the Letter A and its associated sound first, followed immediately by the letter T. This allows children to form the word "AT." Subsequently, the introduction of the letter C forms the word "CAT," and so on. By showing the practical application of letters and their sounds, Alphabet Tales provides a more meaningful and engaging way for young children to learn.

Why are sight words important?

Sight words are critical in early literacy because they make up 80-90% of the words children encounter in text, and recognizing them instantly greatly simplifies reading, improving fluency and comprehension. These high-frequency words, such as "the" and "and," enhance reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence, laying the foundation for more advanced literacy skills, reducing cognitive load, and supporting performance on standardized tests and overall language development. In a nutshell, mastering sight words is essential for building strong reading skills in children.

What are SnapWords®?

SnapWords® are designed to cater to diverse learning styles, particularly accommodating visual learners who benefit from associating words with images, seeing the whole word before delving into details like phonics, spelling, and decoding. This approach begins with presenting the entire word, allowing learners to establish a visual memory of the word's form before exploring spelling patterns and phonics rules, ultimately empowering them to tackle more complex, unfamiliar words. While sequential methods typically start with teaching details before introducing the whole word, SnapWords® recognize that right-brain dominant learners thrive by grasping words and phonics holistically.

For individuals with a left-brain dominant learning style, who think in words and handle abstractions adeptly, the images on the front of the cards may appear redundant or distracting. The unadorned word on the back may align better with their preferences. However, for right-brained visual learners, the inclusion of images is indispensable. These images enable them to create a mental picture and store the entire word in visual memory, matching their cognitive style. This image then serves as a recall anchor, even when they encounter the plain word. If asked how they remember the word while reading, they will often attribute it to the image stored in their visual memory.

SnapWords® take a comprehensive approach by incorporating body motion to engage kinesthetic learners, activating body memory. Additionally, the inclusion of sentences aids in comprehending and using words correctly within the context of sentences. This multifaceted method ensures that SnapWords® address various learning preferences and provide a holistic learning experience.

How can I help my struggling reader?

Embrace a holistic approach to learning to read, one that engages multiple regions of the brain and the body—a comprehensive "whole body/brain learning" strategy. This method taps into the brain's optimal learning mode, which is through sensory input encompassing body movement, visuals, tactile experiences, and tangible objects, as opposed to static images. To effectively support kinesthetic learners, consider the following tips: encourage physical replication, link abstract concepts to tangibles, involve hands-on learning, employ multimodal teaching, and integrate problem-solving with tangible objects. 

Complete the learning cycle to ensure the learning process forms a full circle. When you teach through all three modalities, the second step involves allowing the child time to deepen their understanding by drawing, writing a phrase using the new word, and illustrating it. The final step is when the child can articulate and demonstrate what they've learned, showing you the drawings they've created and discussing their learning journey. This process ensures that information is absorbed, organized, and committed to long-term memory, and then it is shared verbally and tangibly—an exceptionally effective and beautiful learning approach.