Raceway Student Book Homeschool Edition

Raceway Student Book Homeschool Edition

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Item #: 006444
ISBN: 9781567045057
Grades: PK-1

Product Description:

The Raceway workbook includes grammar and creative writing as well as letter recognition, sequencing, phonemic awareness, phonics practice, manuscript writing, reading, comprehension and spelling. Designed to be used following initial letter and sound recognition, this workbook will work well as a stand-alone or as a follow-up to the two SSRW Kindergarten workbooks (All Aboard and On Track) A recent (2021) reprint of the 1998 edition, this is loose-leaf, 3-hole punched and shrink-wrapped rather than bound like the previous edition.


A long-time favorite, this excellent phonics program appeals to both the child and the teacher because of its enjoyment, ease of use, and effectiveness. The instructor's manual provides easy-to-follow directions and gives you the confidence to teach phonics. Consumable workbooks for the student not only include phonics practice and reading comprehension but also handwriting, spelling, grammar, and creative writing. Children love the catchy songs teaching letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending vowels and consonants, and digraphs.

At Level 1, language arts skills are covered through a "raceway" theme with 36 steps to independent reading. The full-color decodable storybooks cover all 36 steps and provide great practice for the student to develop his new reading ability. Playing the games is another fun reinforcement activity to ensure real understanding of the phonetic skills. The two workbooks include grammar and creative writing as well as letter recognition, sequencing, phonemic awareness, phonics practice, manuscript writing, reading, comprehension and spelling.




Category Description for Sing, Spell, Read & Write:

The Sing, Spell, Read and Write curriculum kits are currently out of print. The author, Sue Dickson, may reprint these programs in the future, but they are not currently available. Several of the workbooks have been reprinted and are available separately.


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 now all featured on CD
  • 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 have been eliminated from the program (although the empty Treasure Chest is still included). However, as we always thought these were cheesy, we have traditionally included a bag of 36 prizes from our own Incentive Box (a $20 value!) free with Level 1 Kits or Kindergarten/Level 1 Combo Kits. This free incentive bag will continue to be included although they have dropped their prizes.



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.


Primary Subject
Phonics
Grade Start
PK
Grade End
1
ISBN
9781567045057
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Sue Dickson's Songs That Teach
Weight
1.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.88" x 0.5"
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Camp Summer Quest uses this program for our reading and summer interactive enrichment program. Thank you!
Denise F on Jun 19, 2022
This is for my granddaughter. I used this program for my children and was very effective.
Cheryl S on May 27, 2022
Camp Summer Quest uses this program for our reading and summer interactive enrichment program. Thank you!
Denise F on Jun 19, 2022
have used in the past and tried other programs and coming back to this one for my youngest.
Amy D on May 31, 2022
This is for my granddaughter. I used this program for my children and was very effective.
Cheryl S on May 27, 2022
I have used this before and love it.
Anna P on Apr 25, 2022
I learned to read with this book, and I have used this successfully with my first four children, and am so glad to have finally found it in print somewhere so I can use it to teach the rest of my kids.
Erin L on Apr 18, 2022
This curriculum series came highly recommended.
Jenny S on Apr 11, 2022
This book is a great way to build a wonderful foundation in phonics and reading! I am so sad the program is not currently in print. I would like to keep purchasing materials for my younger children. This worked well for first grade curriculum.
Ashley H on Mar 30, 2022
Sing Spell Read and Write is a fail proof method for teaching students to read. Awesome program! Such a pity it has become so difficult to purchase. Wanting to stock up on the Raceway Book when it is still available.
Murray P on Mar 29, 2022
I use this curriculum to teach and tutor reading.
Susan H on Feb 9, 2022
I used it years ago and still think it is truly excellent for teaching reading!
Meghan R on Jan 26, 2022
Love this reading program!
Erica A on Jan 24, 2022
As a reading tutor/teacher I have taught many children to read with this curriculum . It’s fun to use and kids make great progress with it.
Doris S on Jan 24, 2022
love it!
Rachel O on Jan 17, 2022
The best ever!
Johanna A on Dec 27, 2021
I use this in tutoring homeschooled children. i also use it to train parents how to teach children to read.
JODI D. on Dec 14, 2021
We love sing, spell, read and write!
James H on Dec 3, 2021
Fun way to learn phonics for my first grade son who learns well with games
Cory K on Nov 14, 2021
Fantastic program for beginning readers!
Cathy W on Nov 11, 2021
I have used this curriculum before and prefer it for a phonics program.
Rodine P on Nov 9, 2021
This is a FANTASTIC program. As a public school teacher, ESL Teacher and a previously homeschooling mom, I found this to be an amazing resource. I very much wish that the whole {earlier] program were still available!!!
Cathy W on Nov 3, 2021
We have taught our four older children, and now our fifth child, to read with this program...we LOVE IT, the kids LOVE IT, and we are sooo SAD to find that the kindergarten level All Aboard workbook is no longer in print, and selling for $100-200 on Amazon and other places; not in stock here at Rainbow!!! Bring Sing Spell Read and Write back!!!
Elaine P on Nov 2, 2021
This is one of the best homeschool curriculum's you can buy. Thank you for having this book. It has been very hard to find.
Britney R on Oct 28, 2021
Have used it in the past and quite happy with it.
Suzy on Oct 27, 2021
Have used SSRW for 5 of my kids, hope to use it for the rest! It does a good job of teaching phonics and reading and grammar all together.
Anna B on Oct 25, 2021
Used this 35 years ago with my children. Now using it for my grandkids. Tried and true. (Homeschool, private school, public school teacher)
Katherine D on Oct 20, 2021
I love this curriculum. I have used it to successfully teach my eldest child to read and have seen great success with it in other families, even with children who have learning challenges. I am purchasing this workbook preemptively for my second child because rumor is that this book will no longer be printed or will only be printed in small batches for the foreseeable future.
Rebekah B on Oct 19, 2021
I am just thrilled that you offer a reprint. I have used this for 4 of my 6 kids, and was sad to think I would need to start over with my youngest 2. Thank you for this!!
Julie L on Oct 14, 2021
Yay! for the 2021 loose leaf reprint! I couldn't find it anywhere else!
Catherine S on Sep 30, 2021
same as above
chris s on Sep 30, 2021
This is my 4th child to use this curriculum. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Katherine W on Sep 29, 2021
couldn't find elsewhere.
Carrie V on Nov 11, 2020
I bought this for my niece and nephew, who are learning to read. I wish the entire program was still available. I found the story books on ebay.
Emily B on Nov 9, 2020
My daughters are both learning to read and a friend recommended this to help.
Jennifer F on Nov 7, 2020
I have used this before and been looking to find a copy. I like the sequence of activities.
Wendy S on Oct 29, 2020
I need it for the next step in our homeschooling curriculum
Erin M on Oct 26, 2020
Best phonics program out there to teach kids to read, spell and love to read!
Kimberly H on Aug 30, 2020
Its AWESOME!!!
Angela L on May 18, 2020
continuing from Kindergarten level to 1st grade for my daughter. Great program to complete!
MONICA P on May 12, 2020
1st grader - worked for my other 2
Rachel A on May 8, 2020
We love Sing, Spell, Read, and Write for teaching children to read with phonics! It's a fun program that they children enjoy.
Rebecca L on Apr 20, 2020
We used this program for our son 25 years ago and then for our grandson. Now we are using the newer edition for our granddaughter. A very solid and successful phonics to reading program.
Susan M on Apr 10, 2020
homeschool
Gretchen on Mar 31, 2020
I need another copy for child #3 going through this program.
Haley L on Mar 18, 2020
I used this workbook (and the SSR&W curriculum) to learn to read, and I now plan to use it with my 4yo daughter once we finish the Off We Go workbook.
Hannah H on Sep 5, 2019
Needed to fill in my curriculum I purchased
Meredith H on Aug 6, 2019
This has worked well for 8 of our children and we are beginning with the 9th.
Steve S on Aug 3, 2019
I purchased the used curriculum Sing, Spell, Read, and Write but needed the student workbooks.
Kelsey R on Jul 25, 2019
Sing Spell Read And Write is the curriculum I grew up with as a Homeschooler, and now that I'm about to begin homeschooling my own kids, I thought I'd start off with something familiar to me.
Laura P on Jul 18, 2019
I have used Sing Spell Read and Write for two of my three children so far and I love the curriculum.
Rebecca M on Jul 3, 2019
Sing, Spell, Read and Write really works!<br /> After completion your student will be able to read anything.
Mary P on Jun 9, 2019
have used in the past and tried other programs and coming back to this one for my youngest.
Amy D on May 31, 2022
I have used this before and love it.
Anna P on Apr 25, 2022
I see in an answer to a question from a few weeks ago that the author is planning to print a looseleaf version. Do you have an update for when that will be available? Trying to decide if I should wait on that.
A shopper on Sep 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: There is no update at all on this just now. 21 Sep 21
Is this book available to download and print? I caned find a copy (reasonably priced) anywhere!
Aria B on Aug 30, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The book is being reprinted by the author in a looseleaf, 3-hole punched format. We will be getting them, but do not have a delivery date at this time.
I have everything for this curriculum already and just need the raceway book for my last little one to teach to read... but I can’t find this book anywhere. ” please help! What should I do?
A shopper on Mar 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This program went out of print last year and most of the pieces we had in stock have since sold out.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome! I am glad this program is still around after all these years!
The workbook is as fantastic as I remember!

Unfortunately, I have the original Sing, Spell, Read and Write program. The workbook has been updated, as I expected, so it does not exactly match the original songs and sequence. I am getting around the issue.

The workbook and program are still excellent. All four of my children and several of my grandchildren learned to read well with Sing, Spell, Read, and Write. I am very satisfied with the product I recieved and the customer services of Rainbow Resource! Thank you!
March 5, 2022
Purchased
7 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Bring Back the Whole Kit!
I really wish I could get the whole kit again! SSRW is the BEST phonics reading program. I've been teaching (so called "difficult") children to read for 35 years and I haven't found a better way.
November 10, 2021
Purchased
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Used in the past with my now-grown adult children;
Using it again with my younger ones. Love it!!
August 20, 2019
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great way to learn
I love this product, it is the same course my mom used to teach me and I am now using it with my kids. It has helped solidify their reading journey and they love the fun activities and songs.
April 9, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love this book to teach English
I love this program, because it goes step by step building concept by concept. I have used it to teach my 3 kids and my nephew to read. I had no idea where to start and I'm so glad a friend recommended Sing Spell. I am now using this workbook to help some adult friends who are learning English. I have had to modify it a little since they have a limited vocabulary, but they are laughing with the songs and I am again grateful for the steps to guide my teaching.
October 14, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use
I've used this product to teach my first child to read, will be using it soon with my second, and probably will happily use it for every child I have! My mother used the Sing, Spell, Read & Write curriculum to teach myself and my 7 siblings to read, so it has definitely stood the test of time. I liked how grammar and spelling are mixed in naturally with the reading and writing.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great book
Very easy to use. My oldest daughter used this book and it was great for her so now I'm using it for my two younger daughters.
November 4, 2015
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent!
Love this curriculum. It makes learning fun for my kids. I use it for Kindergarten and my ambitious 4-year-old is already reading!
November 3, 2015
Purchased
over 7 years ago


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