Primary Phonics 4 Set of 10 Storybooks

Primary Phonics 4 Set of 10 Storybooks

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Item #: 012435
ISBN: 9780838885734
Grades: K-2

Publisher Description:

Storybooks 4 includes 10 decodable storybooks that feature the concepts introduced in Workbook 4 and only contain previously taught phonetic concepts. Each book is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and has approximately 16 pages. All books feature engaging black and white illustrations; lively contemporary themes; and inside covers which clearly list phonetic concepts and sight words.

Titles in Set 4 include: Fish Fun, The Chicken Ranch, Ring the Bell, The Lost Horse, The Little Skunk, The White Hen, The Go-cart, The Brave Hunter, The Birdfeeder, and The Hard Worker.

Comprehension exercises for Storybooks 4 can be found in Comprehension Workbook 4.

Skills Addressed

  • r-Controlled vowels
  • Initial consonant blends
  • Final consonant blends
  • Consonant digraphs (sh, ch, wh,th)
  • Vowel digraphs (ie, oe, ee, oa, ai, ea, ee)
  • Short vowel sounds
  • Silent-e
  • Sight words
  • Using phonics to read decodable, connected text

Primary Phonics is a systematic, phonics-based early reading program that facilitates individualized instruction through flexible, skills-based workbooks and storybooks that correspond to students’ ability levels.

Category Description for Primary Phonics Core Program - Level 4:

Level 4 covers additional consonant blends, including digraphs (sh, ch, wh, th, tch, -ng, -nk); r-controlled vowels (ar, or, er, ir, ur); and consonant + ie.

Category Description for Primary Phonics:

Begin this program at Level 1 if your child already knows her letter sounds. Otherwise, begin this program at the K level. Workbook K teaches one new consonant sound per lesson, with cumulative review of all previously-taught consonants. Lessons are very thorough and also include a short printing practice (traditional lower case) for each letter. You will need the Teacher's Guide in order to use this workbook effectively since this part of the program is teacher-intensive. Once a child has mastered all of their letter sounds, they are essentially able to read very simple words. The Consonant Workbook would be excellent to use for reinforcement of the skills being learned in each lesson, beginning after lesson 2. It contains two pages per letter of practice and could be used for independent work following the consonant lessons. Also available is the More Consonant Workbook which provides additional practice.Since there is much coloring and use of color words in the Primary Phonics Workbooks, you may will also want to have your child go through the Color Workbook prior to beginning the Level 1 Primary Phonics books. This entire workbook (32 pages) is dedicated to teaching eight color words: red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, brown and black as sight words. This could be done in conjunction with the Consonants lessons or even earlier.

In 2008 the publisher added explicit teacher instruction through teacher's guides for Levels 1-3 and 4-6, making this program more useful for the homeschooler. Here are all of the lesson plans, pacing information, material correlations, and pre-testing. Each lesson gives you a list of materials to use: workbook, comprehension workbook (Thinking About Mac and Tab), and storybook pages. A Warm-Up has teacher-led student review of learned concepts. Phonemic Awareness instructions help students practice sounds in an audio drill-like format. The Phonics portion of the lesson introduces the new concept (introducing a new phonogram like short a or ay, for example). This is followed by a Vocabulary section including Word Knowledge (making sure students understand words on workbook pages or in lesson) and sometimes a Sight Word section to introduce new sight words in the lesson. There are also directions for completing assigned student pages in the workbook(s). Other components of the lesson may include: Comprehension (oral questions about the student work), Writing (using concepts in written form and Reading in Context (if students will be reading from a storybook reader). There is also an occasional Differentiating Instruction section that has specific suggestions based on student learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc.). One of the nice features of this program is the consistent review of previously introduced material, insuring that the student will achieve mastery of each phonetic concept. The corresponding storybooks reinforce the phonetic elements taught in the workbooks, but can also be used independently or to support any other phonics program. Comprehension is an integral part of the program also and is introduced at the earliest possible point in the program. The comprehensive Thinking About Mac and Tab Teacher's Guide contains discussion questions corresponding to each story as well as an answer key to the corresponding Thinking About Mac and Tab workbooks (there is one workbook for each set of storybooks). After your student has read a story(book), you ask the discussion questions, then initiate a follow-up activity (optional). The student is then to work the brief comprehension exercise in his/her Thinking About Mac and Tab workbook independently.

Phonics skills taught per level are:

Workbook 1: Short vowels plus six common sight words and basic color words

Workbook 2: Long vowels a, i, o, u and vowel digraphs ie, oe, ee, oa, ai, ea, ee

Workbook 3: Plurals, initial and final blends, compound words, two-syllable words and the sight word are.

Workbook 4: Consonant digraphs and r-controlled vowels.

Workbook 5: Additional vowel combinations, qu, three sounds of y, special sounds (esp. the letter a), and open syllables.

Workbook 6: More plural forms, compound words, two-syllable words. New consonant sounds and diphthongs including soft c, soft g, gu, dge, ph, ie, oi, oy, ight, ow, and au.

Although Workbook 3 covers initial and final blends, an additional Workbook is available (see More PP Workbook Level 3). This workbook presents initial blends in a comprehensive, systematic way. Every two-page spread introduces a new initial blend and provides cumulative practice of previously-introduced blends. This gives much more concentrated practice of this skill than the Workbook 3 which introduces 2-4 blends per page. You may even want to have your child work through this More Workbook prior to using Workbook 3.

Speaking of extra practice, the More Primary Phonics Workbooks 1and 2, along with their accompanying Storybook Sets provide just that. They can be used for additional practice of all skills introduced at the corresponding level of Primary Phonics (similar to the Explode the Code ½'s) if you feel your student needs more reinforcement.

Two final supplemental products round out this program. Audio CDs are available for Storybook Sets 1-6 read by Sarah Lawson. This may be helpful (and fun) for students to listen to in addition to decoding the books themselves, or for extra support or reassurance of their decoding skills. The Primary Phonics Picture Dictionary includes a picture for each of the 2500 frequently used words contained within. This includes most of the words used in the series plus other common words. This would be a nice resource for beginning writers or children learning English as a second language.

Primary Phonics is a solid, comprehensive beginning phonics program, made even more so with the inclusion of the new Teacher's Guides. It's comparatively low cost makes it an even more attractive choice.

Category Description for Complete Programs - Phonics:

Programs in this section go beyond teaching children how to read, incorporating phonetic readers, spelling and writing as well. Arranged roughly by grade/age.

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Well regarded phonics books -- used at son's school.
Christopher R on Jun 12, 2022
As a former elementary teacher, I found these storybooks to be the best resource ever to teach primary phonics.
Treca S on Feb 19, 2022
Well regarded phonics books -- used at son's school.
Christopher R on Jun 12, 2022
I needed a complete set of simple decodable readers for teaching my preschooler how to read. I am combining these with the Bob Books and Dog on a Log series so I can give my child more practice without having them just memorize the words in books they have already read.
Jake D on Mar 18, 2022
As a former elementary teacher, I found these storybooks to be the best resource ever to teach primary phonics.
Treca S on Feb 19, 2022
We were given Sets 1-3 from my mother-in-law when we began homeschooling. It has gone well for both our older boys to learn reading so we wanted to continue.
Jenai J on Jan 12, 2022
we used primary phonics set 1, 1A and 2 in kindergarten and my first grader is struggling with the books she is reading so I decided to try and start from where she left off in kindergarten and work our way through primary phonics
Lisa Q on Mar 20, 2021
Primary Phonics is working well for us.
Sheryl K on Feb 27, 2021
Of course this series is not great literature but is really well suited for readers who have to work at phonics and need very carefully designed incremental steps in difficulty. <br /><br />These readers use only words which can be decoded according to the rules and sounds that have been learned. Occasional sight words are identified so they can be introduced before starting to read. Because the increase in skill level is so gradual, emerging readers can keep enjoying success even as difficulty rises.
User on Jan 20, 2021
because we loved Primary Phonics 1 and 2
Nya R on Jan 7, 2021
for my kindergartner
jerry K on Jan 3, 2021
fabulous support set for learning phonics; supports the workbook topics
Nikki G on Jul 24, 2020
We've worked our way through Sets 1-3 so far and are really enjoying them. We just use the storybooks, not the workbooks or anything else. It's working great for my 3-year-old!
Celeste B on Apr 23, 2020
Its what he's used to using at school and I want to stay consistent while we're in this strange corona limbo.
Haley B on Apr 6, 2020
to stay caught up
Angie M on Mar 17, 2020
for home schooling my daughter
shakuntala P on Mar 16, 2020
We've been enjoying Primary Phonics readers, and we are ready for levels 3 and 4!
Vanessa S on Jan 15, 2020
The Primay Phonics series has been a great series for my 5 year old. A great progression of sounds and sight words for a new reader.
Michelle M on Aug 29, 2019
Wonderful reading series that builds early reader confidence and mastery.
Kristel A on Jun 17, 2019
Part of the curriculum
Silvia S on Jan 15, 2019
teacher recommended it
HANI S on Jun 5, 2018
These books have helped teach all three of my children to read at Montessori!
Katherine G on May 23, 2018
Very good for beginning readers. They can read by themselves.
Janie D on Mar 8, 2018
For my daughter to continue reading practice at home — we have sets 1 - 3.
Jamie B on Feb 23, 2018
Helps KG children read. We have been using these books for a long time. Works really well.
Athula S on Feb 5, 2018
Currently have sets 1 and 2
Denis G on Jan 21, 2018
Great for learning sight words and for new readers
Michelle W on Dec 4, 2017
These books are great to teach children how to read
Melissa G on Sep 23, 2017
We loved the first 2 sets and I needed a new set of books for my son. Our library only stocks level readers that are not phonics based readers so he has been struggling. I hope this will bridge the gap for him and give him the confidence he needs.
Elizabeth O on Sep 14, 2017
They are good books for kids learning to read
Krishnakant D on Aug 28, 2017
these books were recommended by my child's Ortin Gillingham reading teacher
Hollie H on Jun 23, 2017
Highly recommended by a Phonics Teacher; my grandchildren love them!
Barbara A on Jun 8, 2017
Reading teacher at school recommended the kids continue reading these during the summer to keep on track.
Diana R on May 25, 2017
Recommended reading post kindergarten from the reading specialist at school.
Tara S on Apr 21, 2017
Grandchild has completed first three levels and is very excited about moving to the aqua level!
MICHELE R K on Feb 7, 2017
4 year old loves them!!! Almost finished set 3
Elizabeth D on Nov 14, 2016
for school use.
Wang C on Oct 22, 2016
To further develop my child's reading level and follow-up/comprehension ability.
Fern A on Oct 3, 2016
Nicolas C on Jul 18, 2016
"Systematic way for students to move through the learning process at their own pace."
Robin H on Oct 30, 2015
My son's school uses Primary Phonics and I wanted to have these at home as a resource.
Stephanie M on Sep 29, 2015
I needed a complete set of simple decodable readers for teaching my preschooler how to read. I am combining these with the Bob Books and Dog on a Log series so I can give my child more practice without having them just memorize the words in books they have already read.
Jake D on Mar 18, 2022
We were given Sets 1-3 from my mother-in-law when we began homeschooling. It has gone well for both our older boys to learn reading so we wanted to continue.
Jenai J on Jan 12, 2022
Please break down the actual grade level for the storybooks. My child is in the teal storybook set 4. What grade level would that be? Along with the other sets. on Oct 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Here is the response from the Publisher:"This series is more of a scope and sequence with specific skills be taught in each book.There are no grade levels to this series. Please see link on scope and sequence and skilled addressed per book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
My 1st grader has loved going through the color coded books. He’s very proud when it’s time to move up a color!
January 9, 2022
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love these readers!
Love these books and so do my children. They help the children focus on a few certain phonemes at a time.
November 18, 2021
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Those books are great , really helps children to learn quickly reading . Nice little stories , I will buy more books .
September 3, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for Home Schooling
My daughter is struggling a little with reading and these have given us a great tool for practicing at home in a thoughtful way that adds on new set of sounds at a time. Great tool for home-schooling.
May 7, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love all these books. The whole set is worth the investment. If you're library carries them, then you are in luck. I have 5 kids and this is what I used. My kids report cards always say they exceed the standard in reading.
June 26, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Can teach any child to read
We have a number of learning difficulties in our family and so far all 15 cousins have successfully used it to learn to read. i’ve just used this series to teach my 2.5 year old and it not only worked but was pretty fun too. Though it doesn’t look fancy it is super effective and I highly recommend it!
November 12, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great books
my five-year-old grandson just loves these books! He loves the stories and laughs a lot at what happens in them! I love them because each book focuses on a specific fanatics girl that I can teach a hell of a time!
March 11, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good set for beginning readers
I used all the primary phonics readers and workbooks to teach my 5 to 6 year old.
February 21, 2016
over 6 years ago

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