Printing with Letter Stories Blackline Masters
The Blackline Masters packet includes an overview of the program, a scope and sequence (45 lessons that show when to introduce letters, practice or review), and detailed teacher notes for each lesson as well as the actual blackline masters (reproducible for home or classroom use). Letter Stories are provided, and the teacher is encouraged to be expressive and to embellish. Lesson handouts, additional practice pages, guideline paper, and matching game cards also included. Cards are used in an ongoing matching game. The cards can be printed (and cut out) from the Blackline masters.
Students learn each letter with a storyhow it sounds and how to form. Includes practice pages and illustrated letter story cards. Example: The letter c is the happy letter, because he is a cookie that someone bit: c, c, cookie! The letter o is the sad letter, because he is a cookie that nobody bit. He says, Ah, (short o sound) nobody took a bite out of me!
Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.
Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing) says there are four language arts: listening (being read to), speaking (memorization and recitation), reading (phonics and practice), and writing (copywork). Usually only reading and writing get much attention while listening and speaking supposedly just "come along." Mr. Pudewa and IEW think differently, and in Primary Arts of Language (PAL) they have provided us with a fully integrated language arts program that provides for the focused development of all four skills.
PAL - Reading is based on Anna Ingham's Blended Sound and Sight System developed while teaching 40 students in a one-room school in rural Canada. Blending solid phonics with elements of the sight method, PAL produces fluent, oral readers. Two audio lectures and one video presentation by Mrs. Ingham are included on the accompanying DVD-ROM and are a must-hear; must-see.
The PAL Reading program can be used independently or combined with the PAL Writing program when the child is ready for handwriting.
The PAL - Writing program is an introduction to and preparation for the IEW writing methodology. At this level the beginning focus is on handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction skills but continues through paragraph construction and one-to-three paragraph compositions.
Integral to IEW's Primary Arts of Language program, this pull-out Letter Stories portion provides letter introduction and beginning printing practice. Letters are presented by starting stroke so students learn a few strokes that are then used with many letters. The letter stories help the child remember both the sound and the shape of each letter with the focus being on the sound a letter makes instead of its name. Applying only to lowercase letters (no stories for capital letters), capitals are introduced as the way the lowercase letters look when they are dressed up at the beginning of a sentence or a proper noun. Pacing can be flexible in keeping with the child's ability.
Progression of instruction is first a slanted or vertical surface (whiteboard) and using tactile materials (modeling dough or finger paint) with the first reproducible sheets being letter blocks (printing one letter in each square) before introducing the typical guidelines. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this program recommends using pens, gel pens and fine-tipped markers as writing instruments.
The Printing w/ Letter Stories packet includes an overview of the program, a scope and sequence (45 lessons that show when to introduce what letters as well as when to incorporate practice and review), and detailed teacher notes for each lesson as well as the actual blackline masters (reproducible for home or classroom use). Letter Stories are provided, but the teacher is encouraged to be expressive and to embellish. The Blackline Masters include lesson handouts, additional practice pages, guideline paper, and matching game cards. Did I forget to mention games? An ongoing matching game with a growing number of playing cards is played at regular intervals for review. The cards can be printed (and cut out) from the Blackline masters or a pre-printed Card Game is available.
An enjoyable, thoroughly-prepped, multi-sensory program introducing handwriting (and phonics, and language arts) to your young student, the materials, since reproducible, are likewise cost effective. ~ Janice