An Amish reading program which portrays a lifestyle in which people cherish Christian traits, and in which children gain insights into how to behave! Families are large and stories are centered around the family and farm. The stories are interesting to children, if our kids are any indicator! One of my favorites is a story from First Steps in which little Rachel discovers, after attempting to help mother shell peas, that watching baby Miriam really is a good way to help mother with meal preparations!
Although many of our customers use the readers as a standalone, we carry the complete reading program, including teacher's manuals and workbooks. Please note that the teacher's manuals are necessary for Before We Read, First Steps, and Learning Through Sounds 1 and 2.
7 months ago
over 2 years ago
over 4 years ago
When my kids first saw the books, they both assumed that they couldn't read them because of the (relatively) large number of words on each page. Unlike the graded readers that we find at the library which have very few words yet include many that my children need help with, these books include only words appropriate to the reading level while systematically introducing new ones (the workbooks are instrumental in this). The result is an ENJOYABLE reading experience for all of us. My children's confidence in their reading abilities pretty much doubled on contact with these readers as they are able to read page after page with little or no help.
I really enjoy the morality lessons woven into the stories. So far they are centered around consideration for others and personal responsibility - two things I feel our society is greatly lacking. I like that they take place on the farm and that the children entertain themselves with the basics (dolls, wagons, dogs...). It really is refreshing for this urban mother. As of yet, I have not encountered any explicitly religious content, so it seems as though they would be appropriate for secular families as well.
over 4 years ago