Reading Comprehension 2 Skill Sheets Parent Edition (1st Edition)
This Parent Guide suggests completing 2 sheets weekly, beginning approximately mid-year in the Abeka Grade 2 reading program. The Guide provides tips and suggestions for silent reading, comprehension skills and discussion questions, vocabulary definitions, and Scripture application. Teaching information, questions, and explanations are included in wrap-around format, with reduced copies of the student pages (answers provided). The first two selections are teacher led to introduce students to this type of reading. An included index identifies which stories exemplify each literary mode (fantasy, context, dialogue, etc.). Pages show reduced student pages surrounded by teacher support information, and will also include lined spaces for adding personal teacher notes. The consumable student book, item 049338 is required. Spiral-bound. 72 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth
Assist your 2nd grader at home as he practices to improve his reading comprehension skills through the exercises found in Reading Comprehension 2 Skill Sheets (sold separately). This Parent Edition will help you introduce the selections, give vocabulary enrichments, answer comprehension questions, and relate the stories to appropriate Bible applications. This book also provides additional higher-level questions and learning activities such as chart reading, contrast information, sequencing, character webs, order of events, and much more. Be even more proficient in teaching the second grade reading course with the help of this book!
This fast-paced program progresses quickly from decoding words phonetically to preparing students for the last reader which is a complete narrative. Students will practice reading aloud, be slowly introduced to silent reading, and engage in reading comprehension activities. Each reader is designed in large font with specific goals, and becomes progressively more challenging. Reading skills also incorporate the Abeka® Phonics Charts 6-8 (these charts are included in the readers and the teaching material. Readers progress in this order: Fun with Friends; Quests for Adventure; Across the Meadow; Wonders of Imagination; Through the Skies; Growing Up in Early America; Growing Up Around the World; Growing Up Where Jesus Lived; All Kinds of Animals; and My New Name (introduces students to a continuing story and is a prequel to My New Song—used in Abeka Grade 3 Reading,). You’ll find an individual Teacher Guide to correlate with each reader—or use the Reading 2 Answer Key with Literary Development and Enrichment Activities for all-in-one teacher guidance. Additional tie-ins and supplementation are found in the Abeka Language Arts program.
Abeka® Reading materials provide distinct benefits. Sets of readers use an all-inclusive and systematic approach to gaining and strengthening reading skills. The literature choices emphasize wholesome, biblically supported content, as well as citizenship and traditional values. Students are provided developmentally appropriate depth and length of reading materials, producing strong readers--early. Skills are built and strengthened with continual practice and review of wholesome content. Using plentiful and colorful readers in the lower grades, students practice word analysis, build vocabulary, and work on developing reading and thinking skills. The program then broadens to include literature and nonfiction, while introducing and practicing literary techniques. Every reading passage comes with a handful of questions to help promote reading comprehension. At each grade level, the number of readers decreases while literature variety increases, and literary skill development strengthens (i.e., Grade 2 uses 10 readers; Grade 6 uses 3).
Teachers can select either pick-up-and-go format teacher editions. This wrap-around format provides helps for discussing content, and guiding students in phonics principles and comprehension skills. The carefully measured amount of instruction and student answers makes these very practical. Alternatively, you can select answer keys for quick checking. Newer edition answer keys (with Literary Development & Enrichment) add more teacher support: story intros, teaching tips, vocabulary enrichment, literary analysis, and more. While the reading programs are part of Abeka’s complete language arts curriculum, you can potentially use this program separately to focus solely on reading skills. Materials use KJV scripture.
The K5 program assumes your child has a phonics’ base. Then, the multi-sensory approach teaches long vowel, special sounds, beginning/ending blends, digraphs, a few sight words, r-controlled vowels, etc. This level also adds a Primary Bible Reader containing 150 KJV passages from the Old and New Testaments. Grade 1’s goal is independent reading: first reviewing phonics, then transitioning to reading skills. The program continues with reviewing phonics instruction, but transitions toward reading skills, aiming at independent reading. A steady development progression begins at Grade 2 (as phonics foundations are mastered). Children learn to read more diverse materials (literature and nonfiction) and begin examining literary techniques such as cause/effect, sequencing, inference, and main character. At any level, assigned readings will include on-page definitions of new vocabulary questions, info about the authors, and “Time to Think” questions at the end (answers in teacher material). Levels from Grade 3 incorporate simplified versions of classic novels. At Grade 4, material steps up in difficulty and genre types. Also starting at this grade, additional optional reading selections provide student analysis and book report possibilities. When students reach Grade 6, they are reading and evaluating a variety of poetry, short stories, excerpts, and adaptations of novels from famous authors.
If you desire, Abeka provides additional tools that can be used alongside this or any reading program. Abeka believes a student’s ability to comprehend is based in their ability to concentrate. These additional tools hone such skills at different levels. Grades 2-3 provide Reading Comprehension Skill Sheets, with a Parent Edition (including objectives, enrichment, answers and Bible application). In Grades 4-6, build reading speed and comprehension skills using an Adventures in … reader, along with the consumable Read and Comprehend Skill Sheets. Each separate key provides the student answers. Speed and Comprehension Readers or Skill Sheets provide multiple reading practices: each with a word count and corresponding comprehension quiz. One-page comprehension quizzes are provided for each story. These books include a place to record your student’s comprehension and words-per-minute scores. These skill-focused tools are an integral part of Abeka’s reading programs. If, however, you’re looking for a Christian, systematic approach to consistently check and strengthen speed and comprehension, try using these as independent reading skill tools.