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Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 2

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The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 2 comprises 180 self-paced lessons, meticulously detailed for easy implementation without requiring specialized educational expertise. All necessary resources and assessments are conveniently provided in printable PDF format for your convenience. This manual expertly guides you through the instruction of The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns, Sound Spelling Teaching Cards, four SnapWords® lists, Easy-for-Me™ Children's Readers Sets B & C, and Beyond Sight Words Activities, ensuring a comprehensive and effective teaching experience. It’s the ideal tool to guide your child from early reading to a 3rd-grade level.

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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 2 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:

SnapWords® Lists B, C, F, & Nouns 1
Easy-for-Me™ Children’s Readers Sets B & C
How to Teach SnapWords®
Beyond Sight Words Activities B, C, F, & Nouns 1
Sound Spelling Teaching Cards
The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns                

In the Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual 2, there are a total of 180 lessons provided. While ideally, one lesson could be taught per day, it's important to be flexible and responsive to your child's pace. Some lessons may be effortlessly grasped, while others might require additional time and practice. Observing your child's progress and understanding is key, allowing you to tailor the pace of instruction accordingly.

Whether you progress more quickly or take a bit more time, what matters most is ensuring comprehension and mastery of each skill. During assessments, it's crucial to identify any areas of difficulty and take the time to reteach them. Skipping over misunderstood concepts can lead to accumulation of gaps in knowledge over time. Therefore, it's preferable to proceed at a slower pace to ensure thorough understanding and mastery of all concepts presented.

Kinesthetic Connections
Throughout the lessons, you'll find a variety of kinesthetic activities integrated into the lessons. These activities are not only beneficial for kinesthetic learners but also for tactile and visual learners. By incorporating visual elements, storytelling, and physical movement into the lessons, you can enhance your child's learning experience and ensure better retention of the material. Emphasizing these components will contribute significantly to your child's ability to learn and retain the concepts being taught, leading to more permanent learning outcomes.

Before embarking on the teaching journey outlined in this manual, it's essential to familiarize yourself with each resource you'll be utilizing. This includes:

  • SnapWords®, Mini-Lessons, & Beyond Sight Words Activities
    These resources offer an effective approach to teaching sight words, utilizing visual and kinesthetic techniques for easy recall. They cover phonics concepts and word families, fostering visualization, correct usage, and critical reading skills including comprehension, writing, spelling, phonemic awareness, word recognition, fluency, and critical thinking.

    Easy-for-Me™ Children’s Readers
    EFM Children’s Readers stand out for their dual focus on sight words and phonics concepts, providing comprehensive reading practice. Each book features teacher guides in the front, ensuring children are well-prepared to read. Additionally, comprehension questions are included to reinforce understanding. With leveled books meticulously designed to address key concepts, these readers effectively close learning gaps as children progress in their reading journey.

    Sound Spelling Teaching Cards & The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns
    These resources simplify decoding irregular spellings, enhancing reading, spelling, and comprehension. Through interactive lessons, students master language in an engaging, visually stimulating way, making them valuable for teaching phonics, spelling, and vocabulary.

    Resources & Vocabulary
    These resources offer hands-on practice, assessments, and vocabulary enrichment, crucial for effective learning. They provide tangible experiences to deepen understanding, assess progress, and enhance vocabulary skills, promoting academic success.

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 2
    88 pages covering 180 lessons
  • Download of Resources, Assessments, & Vocabulary
    160 total 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.

When should a child be introduced to phonics?

Commencing phonics instruction as early as kindergarten is entirely feasible when adopting a right-brained approach that incorporates images, body movement, and fosters meaningful connections for learning. This approach capitalizes on a child's natural inclination for sensory experiences and can effectively introduce phonics concepts from an early age.

What is the difference between phonics and phonemic awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the fundamental ability to recognize and distinguish individual sounds that come together to form a word. By placing a primary focus on developing this skill, children can effectively learn to discern and manipulate the sounds within words. Phonics, on the other hand, is the practice of associating these sounds with their corresponding "pictures," which are the letters that represent those sounds. Together, phonemic awareness and phonics lay the foundation for strong reading and language skills.

What is segmenting and blending?

Segmenting and blending are fundamental phonemic awareness skills that form the basis of early literacy development. Segmenting involves the practice of identifying and isolating the individual sounds within words. This skill can be introduced to children as early as preschool. Initially, you can model segmenting by saying a word out loud and asking the children to focus on the sounds they hear. Gradually, encourage them to segment the word with you, and with practice, they'll become adept at independently breaking words into their individual sounds.

Blending, on the other hand, is the complementary skill. Here, you enunciate the distinct sounds you hear in a word, then gradually bring them closer together until you say the complete word. These phonemic awareness exercises, segmenting and blending, are crucial in helping children grasp the relationship between sounds and letters, laying the foundation for reading and language skills.

What is phonetic spelling, and do you recommend it?

Phonetic spelling, also known as invented spelling, was a pedagogical trend in early education. This approach aimed to encourage children to start writing words using the letters that made sense to them, often resulting in creative spellings. For instance, a child might write "FONIX" for "phonics" or "PENSL" for "pencil."

However, promoting phonetic spelling can be detrimental because, once children associate sounds with their written representations, these initial spellings can become ingrained, making it challenging to correct them later. In my kindergarten class, a daily practice involved having children draw a picture and provide a caption for it. While their initial spellings were often inaccurate, this provided a valuable opportunity to guide them toward the correct phonics and spelling. By using the words they wanted to write as a starting point, we could effectively integrate phonics and spelling instruction, gradually helping them improve their written language skills.


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