First Start Reading
First Start Reading by Memoria Press is a traditional and uncomplicated approach to phonics with an emphasis on vowel-consonant/word-families phonics and a serious focus on correct pencil grip and letter formation. In a day and age when penmanship is often ignored, they've chosen to make it a central part of their approach to reading using it as a kinesthetic reinforcement activity. This program covers consonants, short and long vowels, and at least 45 common words and manuscript printing. The entire program consists of five Student Worktexts (A-E) and two Teacher's Guide, which make up the Complete Set below. The worktexts are 70 - 108 pages each and contain half letter presentation, blending, and reading practice and half writing practice space. Black and white line art drawings are also included to color. First Start Book E provides more reading practice and advanced phonics, and functions as preparation for transitioning into StoryTime Treasures, Memoria Press' first grade reading/literature guides. Each of the eight lessons focuses on a particular phonics concept and each includes a story. The Teacher's Guides starts with an introduction that covers all the basics and equips you with the information needed to teach the program effectively. The lesson plans include general information for the teacher as well as scripted instructions for the student.
After completing this program, Memoria Press suggests continuing reading progress with real literature or their StoryTime Treasures literature program. Traditional Spelling by Memoria Press will also provide continued phonetic practice.