American Language Series Complete Package
over 2 years ago
Category Description for American Language Series
Many homeschoolers will recognize this program from Mile-Hi by Guyla Nelson. It has two basic components: Phonics & Reading and Spelling, Writing, & Vocabulary. These are designed to be used together, one reinforcing the other. This is a traditional, biblical, teacher-directed program with carefully laid out lessons. It covers all of language arts for kindergarten, including handwriting. Complete teacher materials, including Teacher Handbooks, lesson plans, and phonics songs are contained on a CD-ROM. Handbooks are in .pdf format and can be read and/or printed using Adobe Acrobat 6.0 or higher. The manuals are quite meaty at 268 pgs. (Spelling, Writing & Vocabulary), 420 pgs. (Phonics & Reading), and 510 pgs. (Phonics & Spelling). Song format is compatible with itunes or Quicktime. Software for playing these is available via free download from Adobe or Apple. Unless you can be at your computer while teaching, you will probably want to print out the lessons and download music to your ipod. An abbreviated Phonics and Reading Guide (very abbreviated) is included also, but this is not enough to teach from. All of the student materials, however, are printed and in full-color. There are four worktexts - two for each component and six paperback readers. Student materials are hefty as well; workbooks vary between 160 and 230 pages apiece; readers are thick with the first a mere 96 pages and the rest over 170 pages each. This is among the most comprehensive programs available both in terms of content and material.
Lesson plans are very detailed, telling you exactly what to do. They include a content overview, list of materials you'll need, teaching tips, and activities (step by step instructions for teaching the lesson). This will be a tremendous help to busy mothers or those without experience teaching reading. The coursework is fairly serious and rigorous, but student pages look inviting. Letters and their sounds are introduced in an order that allows students to begin reading and writing words almost immediately. By the second lesson, they are writing 'loll' and identifying words that begin with lo (short o) like 'lock' and 'lobster'. The rest of the letters are introduced in this order: i, d, a. c, t, e, f, u, v, w, s, h, n, r, m, b, j, x, g, y, p, q, k, z. Following this, consonant digraphs and blends are introduced, then consonant substitutes (silent letters), silent e, controlled-vowels, vowel digraphs and vowel digraph exceptions, diphthongs and diphthong exceptions. As sounds are learned, they are practiced and reinforced by reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. This program is very thorough and will give your child a solid foundation in language. Components are also available separately.
Customer Reviews4.5 / 5.04 ReviewsThis is the program my son used way back in 2000 when we first started homeschooling---it's incredibly thorough and really creates skilled readers I was told by a rep at whatever curriculum catalog I purchased this from that my son would be reading at the level of last year of 2nd grade and boy was she right! I remember it being very teacher intensive but very enjoyable for both my son and myself I see there is now a CDROM for teacher but my program had very ed lessons contained in 2 teacher manuals I had no idea this program was still around but I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to have a very strong readerJuly 10, 2012My first impression of this program is that it is unbelievably comprehensive I've never taught a child to read before and there is a lot more to it than I expected - all of it covered here The children's materials are attractive with nice stories in the readers The guidelines for the handwriting exercises are much smaller than we're used to - I'll have to see if my daughter can print such small lettersMy only gripe is with the teacher's materials The pdf files were apparently scanned in from a printout rather than converted from the original document which means that the text is not sharp and easy to read but is quite blurry and swims on the page The font is small so reading more than a little at a time hurts my eyes I plan to call the publisher and see if they can provide me with pdf files directly converted from the word processing documents Those would be much easier to read And there is *a lot* to read Be prepared to print 1000 pages!All in all though I feel well-prepared to teach reading with this program which a veteran homeschool friend recommendedMay 21, 2010Review for this productVery pleased with not only the price, but the quality of this curriculum. My daughter loves it, the manipulatives are great, and this website has the best price on the entire package!September 26, 2017Excellent!My daughter is 8 years old and we are starting at the beginning and able to get through all of these lessons, cementing skills for learning to read. Spelling is also being reinforced. If she was 5 this would be too hard as reading has not come easily to her but at age 8 this is getting us through all basic skills, rules and practices needed to help her become a proficient reader. She is confident and happy to do her lessons. Love this program! I do wish that I had a teacher book already printed as the downloads are lengthy & repetitive so I haven't printed them yet. I would've paid more to just have a teacher book already printed and provided to me.October 29, 2015Purchased
over 2 years ago
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Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 6 answersWhy did you choose this?Rainbow Resource Center StoreThis is one of the strongest language series available. We have been very happy with it in the past.Rick M on Aug 12, 2016I wanted to get this to use in conjunction with another program for one of the my children who has language issues and needs some extra reinforcement. I would also like to use this to start working with a Kindergartener and a very precocious three year old.I wanted to get this to use in conjunction with another program for one of the my children who has language issues and needs some extra reinforcement. I would also like to use this to start working with a Kindergartener and a very precocious three year old.We have had outstanding results with our kindergarten students when using this curriculum. The backpack and stuffed animal is a nice gift to our students at the start of kindergarten.Richard M on Jul 22, 2016
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