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Considering the approach, ease of use, content, child-appeal, benefits, effectiveness and cost of all the phonics programs we were familiar with, Sing, Spell, Read & Write was our choice for personal use. We have used several programs and read about many others. Although we didn’t use this program in total with our children (because we extended the spelling, used italic handwriting instead of ball and stick, etc.) we did find it the most used and useful of those we tried. AND the results were wonderful! If you’re looking for something to really lay it all out for you, something that works, is easy to use, and will have your child singing the letter sounds in days, followed closely by actually reading... this is what we recommend! Here are some of our reasons:

  • The “raceway” theme is very appealing and motivating to children, who love tracking their success via race car around a track as they complete the 36 steps to independent reading.
  • The songs are contagious - children will sing and sing and learn their letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending vowels and consonants, and digraphs almost effortlessly - and enjoy it! That is, if you can bear to listen to it sung over and over, multiplied by x times the number of children using it throughout the years.
  • The 17 phonetic, full-color storybooks cover all 36 steps, providing immediate, rewarding reinforcement for the decoding skill just learned. This makes good sense.
  • The games are not just fluff, but real fortification of phonetic skills. They are more fun, however, if you can play with more than one child.
  • The step-by-step instructor’s manual provides easy-to-follow directions for all lessons. It will aid you in understanding/teaching the phonics program - and give you the confidence to do it!
  • Included is a complete, phonetic spelling program dove-tailing with the phonetic constructs being learned and a complete handwriting program (if you use ball and stick manuscript).
  • Two workbooks include grammar and creative writing as well as letter recognition, sequencing, phonemic awareness, phonics practice, manuscript writing, reading, comprehension and spelling.
  • phonics songs are contained in both cassette and CD formats
  • The two workbooks and the assessment book included in the set are the only consumables in the program. These are also available separately if you are teaching additional students.
  • To be honest, we have just a few quibbles:

  • Some of the audios are not as clear or distinct as a perfectionist might demand. Some may go a little too “fast” for your taste - notably the ferris wheel song used to practice blending sounds smoothly. For us, this was a plus, since we kept at it until we could keep up with the song, resulting in perfect blending!
  • The “prizes” included are rather cheesy at best, and who needs 4 or 5 yo-yos, several magnifiers, multiple plastic bracelets, and numerous plastic sack puppets? For one child, one of each would do nicely. To alleviate this, we include a bag of 36 prizes from our own Incentive Box (a $20 value!) free with Level 1 Kits or Kindergarten/Level 1 Combo Kits.
  • The kit has been revised since we last used it and now includes an instructor’s manual instead of videos, audios on CD and cassette, and newly-designed workbook covers, with some color printing inside (selected pages of the Raceway Book are full-color). However, the content appears to be very similar to the 1st edition; even the design of the Raceway chart and many of the readers have not changed.

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    All Aboard Student Book

    All Aboard Student Book
    Item #: 006404
    ISBN: 9781567046038
    Grades: K-1
    Retail: $15.97
    Rainbow Price: $14.85

    Off We Go Student Book

    Off We Go Student Book
    Item #: 006410
    ISBN: 9781567045048
    Grades: PreK-1
    Retail: $10.47
    Rainbow Price: $9.45

    On Track Student Book

    On Track Student Book
    Item #: 006415
    ISBN: 9781567046045
    Grades: K-2
    Retail: $10.47
    Rainbow Price: $9.45

    Phonetic Storybook Readers - Kindergarten Set of 1-6

    Phonetic Storybook Readers - Kindergarten Set of 1-6
    Item #: 006423
    ISBN: 9781567046144
    Grade: K
    Retail: $49.97
    Rainbow Price: $46.45

    Phonetic Storybook Readers - Set of 1-17

    Phonetic Storybook Readers - Set of 1-17
    Item #: 006424
    ISBN: 9781567045079
    Grades: PreK-1
    Retail: $124.97
    Rainbow Price: $112.95

    Raceway Home Study Chart

    Raceway Home Study Chart
    Item #: 050505
    ISBN: 9781567046236
    Grades: PreK-1
    Retail: $8.67
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

    Raceway Student Book

    Raceway Student Book
    Item #: 006444
    ISBN: 9781567045055
    Grades: PreK-1
    Author: Gloria Levine
    Retail: $15.97
    Rainbow Price: $14.85

    Sing, Spell, Read & Write Level 1 Audio CD (2nd Edition)

    Sing, Spell, Read & Write Level 1 Audio CD (2nd Edition)
    Item #: 050506
    ISBN: 9781567046328
    EAN: 750981263207
    Grades: PreK-2
    Retail: $31.47
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    Sing, Spell, Read & Write Level 2: Grand Tour

    Sing, Spell, Read & Write Level 2: Grand Tour
    Item #: 010713
    ISBN: 9781567047370
    Grade: 2
    Retail: $52.97
    Rainbow Price: $46.95

    Sing, Spell, Read and Write Level 1 Raceway Cars Static Clings (30)

    Sing, Spell, Read and Write Level 1 Raceway Cars Static Clings (30)
    Item #: 050507
    ISBN: 9780765231918
    Grades: PreK-1
    Rainbow Price: $1.15

    Sing, Spell, Read, and Write Assessment Book

    Sing, Spell, Read, and Write Assessment Book
    Item #: 006487
    ISBN: 9781567045369
    Grades: PreK-Adult
    Author: Jean Jamieson
    Retail: $9.13
    Rainbow Price: $8.45

    SSR & W Level 1 Kit & FREE Incentive Bag

    SSR & W Level 1 Kit & FREE Incentive Bag
    Item #: SSRWL1
    Grades: 1-3
    Retail: $251.42
    Rainbow Price: $199.95

    SSR&W K/Level 1 COMBO kit & FREE Incentive Bg

    SSR&W K/Level 1 COMBO kit & FREE Incentive Bg
    Item #: SSRWCK
    Grades: K-3
    Retail: $326.92
    Rainbow Price: $259.95

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