I Can (Merrill Reader A)

I Can (Merrill Reader A)

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Item #: 026318
ISBN: 9780026747066
Grades: PK-3

Product Description:

Written with emerging readers in mind, this text concentrates on certain sounds to provide repetitive practice in specific phonics skills. This book is also controlled for sight words and spelling patterns, introducing all sight words at the front of each story and offering words lists organized by spelling pattern for each.

Category Description for Merrill Readers:

These decodable texts correspond to the Preventing Academic Failure program, but they can be used to supplement any reading curriculum. Written with emerging readers in mind, each text concentrates on certain sounds to provide repetitive practice in specific phonics skills. These books are also controlled for sight words and spelling patterns, introducing all sight words at the front of each story and offering words lists organized by spelling pattern for each.




At the heart of this multisensory Orton-Gillingham method program is the Preventing Academic Failure (PAF) Teacher's Manual. This manual contains the methodology and framework for the entire program, integrating reading, spelling and handwriting instruction. This review will concentrate primarily on the manual itself and on the phonics and spelling components of the program since more specific reviews of the reading component (see Merrill Readers below) and handwriting component (see PAF Handwriting Program in handwriting section) are contained elsewhere in our catalog.

The program is based on the premise that language learning must be simple to complex (phonics-based). Children should learn individual letter sounds, building syllables, words and sentences as they progress. The program uses a multisensory approach to accomplish this. Students learn to recognize graphic symbols for letters and sounds (visual), differentiate and duplicate sounds (auditory and vocal), and write symbols to produce sounds and words (kinesthetic). Children are explicitly taught phonics which is then reinforced in reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar. Instruction is organized and systematic with plenty of practice and reinforcement.

This is much more than phonetic instruction as it addresses all components of language structure: phonograms, sight words, spelling rules, syllabication and grammatical concepts. There are 215 levels (or lessons) in the program.

Reproducible forms corresponding to the outline above are contained in the manual for you to fill in with each lesson, based on the specific skill to be introduced for the day. This actually amounts to just transcription, as you are provided with all of the nuts and bolts elsewhere in the manual. First, each phase of the lesson is thoroughly described, leaving you with little doubt as to how to conduct lessons. There is even a long section on Handwriting Techniques that gives you all of the teacher help you'll need to incorporate the PAF Handwriting program into your daily language lesson. A Curriculum Sequence then shows in detail the integration of the phonics and reading components including PAF Handwriting, Ready to Read or Stepping Up pages, and Merrill readers and Skills books, and Explode the Code pages. (Please note that we do not carry the Teacher Editions of the Merrill Skills books, due to a reluctance on the publisher's part to provide these. However, we feel that this should not disclude their use, since answers are readily discernable.) The Teacher Lists of Words provides corresponding word lists for spelling and reading. Both of these resources show level by level (lesson by lesson) what you need to cover, making your job a piece of cake. Reproducible lesson plan forms and reinforcement sheets are included towards the back of the book. An Assessment section comes next, containing tools and tips for gauging student success. This includes 15 proficiency tests (Curriculum Sequence specifies when to give these). At the end of the manual are various lists including a list of charts needed for display at various level ranges, lists of required and supplementary materials, and a list of sight words taught in the program. Charts, lesson plan forms, a list of read-aloud books and a placement test can be downloaded for free at www.PAFprogram.com/downloads/index.html.

Review cards coordinating with the PAF Handbook (i.e. Teacher's Manual) and program. Cards are 5" x 8." Letters are oriented vertically; vowel-based phonograms are on coral colored cardstock; suffixes, sight words (printed in red), and homonyms (yellow cardstock) are oriented horizontally. Each card is labeled with the Level in which it is presented.

This is a very thorough, complete and sound phonics-based language program which requires very little advance knowledge or preparation on the part of the teacher. It uses solid time-tested materials for instruction, including Explode the Code and Merrill Reading. It integrates phonics, reading, handwriting, spelling and grammar. The cost is reasonable. It can be used for three years (K-3) of phonics/reading/spelling instruction, or used as a remedial program for older students. Teacher's Manual most recently revised in 2007.




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
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
PK
Grade End
3
ISBN
9780026747066
Binding
Softcover
Edition
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
Language
English
EHS Title
Merrill Reading Program Series
Ages
6+
Audience
Elementary/High School
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Merrill
Weight
0.3 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.25" x 7.0" x 0.5"
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My son's speech therapist recommended
Laura A on Dec 19, 2018
I purchased this linguistic reader to use with our students who struggle with learning to read based on Dianne Craft's recommendation.
Deborah P on Nov 29, 2017
My son's speech therapist recommended
Laura A on Dec 19, 2018
Sort advise
Jody F on Mar 28, 2018
I purchased this linguistic reader to use with our students who struggle with learning to read based on Dianne Craft's recommendation.
Deborah P on Nov 29, 2017
Recommended
Marianne C on Oct 13, 2017
It was suggested by Dianne Craft in her reading program for struggling readers.
Joan S on Sep 15, 2017
To use with preventing academic failure multi sensory program
patricia m on Aug 27, 2017
Excellent reading program!
Karen U on Jun 21, 2017
helpful book for using phonics to help children who believe they cannot read
Shelley R on Dec 5, 2016
to help kids learn to read
Madeline M on Nov 30, 2016
My kids are learning to read with these books
Judith F on Oct 26, 2016
This reader is like no other I've used. There is so much practice using just a very few limited words. Really helps with becoming fluent before moving on to other words!
Donna C on Oct 26, 2016
It is used by the Orton-Gillingham based reading program I am using with struggling readers
Carol B on Oct 5, 2016
I am a classroom teacher that has used this series in the past. It is a great series and very helpful to children that have difficulty reading.
Susan C on Sep 28, 2016
To help my right-brained child become more confident with reading.
Charity T on Sep 20, 2016
Recommended by Dianne Craft.
Schonna D on Jul 12, 2016
Only place I can find these readers.
Bethany S on May 12, 2016
Teaching my son how to read
Betzaida N on Feb 18, 2016
It is being used by my son's class but the school does not have enough books
Joanie L on Jan 14, 2016
Sort advise
Jody F on Mar 28, 2018
Recommended
Marianne C on Oct 13, 2017
What is the lexile levels of the merril reading series??
A shopper on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Evidently, the publisher (McGraw Hill Education) does not have lexile levels for any of their readers. They did say the reading levels of the series is 1.2 to 6.0.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Lots of practice!
This book is filled with very short "stories" made of of short "a" words. My son is a struggling learner and this book gives him the ongoing practice he needs to gain fluency and confidence in his reading. I know of no other book like this. Think of it as a "Bob book" in a very expanded form. Plan to order the next book when we finish this one.
March 16, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for Struggling Reading
This is a book full of short a words. It's a perfect practice book. For the students I work with it is the confidence builder they need.
January 10, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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