I Can Read It! Book 1

I Can Read It! Book 1

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Item #: 034515
ISBN: 9781887840491
Grades: PK-2

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Book 1 contains 9 lessons and 45 stories that follow the sequence found in Word Lists.

Category Description for I Can Read It!:

If you're serious about teaching your child to read but you don't want the process to be TOO serious (or expensive), this program might be just what you're looking for. Yes, it is a phonics program, but it's a phonics program that never loses sight of the goal: reading, and joyfully reading at that! Isn't that what you would expect from the man (John Holzmann) whose wife (Sarita) has designed a complete curriculum around joyful reading (Sonlight)? Mr. Holzmann provides an uncomplicated, yet comprehensive phonics-based program that has at its heart books of stories that your child (and you) will want to read. I can almost hear your disbelief but trust me. Who wouldn't want to read a story about two rooster dads, one with four girl chicks and one with six boy chicks, who like to cook and eat ribs (of all things!)? I found myself laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. But then maybe it was the full-color, engaging illustrations that really won my heart (think five little chicks on each side of a picnic table).

The educational premise of the program is quite simple: introduce a word list, learn a few sight words (maybe), and read stories - with the emphasis on reading the stories, and probably more than once. In fact, the author suggests that you read after and/or before your child reads so that the experience of sounding out words is coupled with hearing the appropriate voice inflection and fluency to facilitate understanding. Word lists, and their accompanying stories, are organized according to traditional basic phonics word families: short vowels, beginning and ending blends, consonant and vowel digraphs (two letters that make a single sound), syllabication, three-letter word families, special vowel combinations, hard and soft sounds, and silent letters. Sometimes there are surprises in terms of order. For instance, words ending in a vocalized s (/z/) appear in the 5th word list. Sight words are listed and learned with stories from the beginning even if the word will be part of a later word list pattern. You can spend time reading through the word lists after introducing the pattern before each story - or not - depending on the needs/preferences of your child.

The organizational structure of the program is provided in the Word Lists book which contains 68 lessons (i.e. word lists). A word list may cover one or two phonics patterns, while more difficult patterns may be spread out over multiple lessons. Everything you need to know about teaching reading is covered in seven introductory pages. Here the emphasis is on reading, simplicity, just-enough phonics, having fun and - reading. If you think this all sounds like it has been influenced by Dr. Ruth Beechick and her common sense approach to learning to read, you would be correct. A short section on spelling rules follows the word lists. Appendices include an article and table on linguistics and sound formation plus a list of the most common words in the English language.

Book 1 (9 lessons, 45 stories), Book 2 (7 lessons, 35 stories), and Book 3 (8 lessons, 40 stories) provide the stories that deliver such a delightful introduction to reading. If your math is as good as mine, you have probably noticed that there are more word lists than there are lessons with stories. Curiously, the author does not address this discrepancy. My best guess is that you are to continue learning the word lists as you broaden and expand your reading. These four little paperback books (each about 90 pgs or so) ARE the I Can Read It! program. I like to think of "complete" reading programs as having three components: systematic phonics, reading practice, and reinforcement. This program is very strong on the reading practice portion without slighting the systematic phonics. However, there is no included reinforcement. Instead, the program relies on repetition and application (the reading portion) to reinforce the systematic phonics. It's an effective plan. With its affordable price point, its emphasis on simplicity, and its encouragement to get down to the business of reading, it's the perfect program for reading families - particularly those with a Charlotte Mason or Ruth Beechick bent - that want to produce reading children. ~ Janice

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Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.

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Recommended by a friend. Simple words but colorful engaging stories.
Karen E on Dec 13, 2020
I think the drawings and the stories in here will be simple enough but also engaging enough to appeal to my beginning reader.
stacy k on May 29, 2020
Recommended by a friend. Simple words but colorful engaging stories.
Karen E on Dec 13, 2020
Recommended for early reader.
Karla B on Aug 13, 2020
I think the drawings and the stories in here will be simple enough but also engaging enough to appeal to my beginning reader.
stacy k on May 29, 2020
Recommended by my child's kindergarten teacher for summer reading.
Tiffany C on Apr 21, 2020
I was looking for basic readers for my son who is a struggling reader.
Melissa C on Apr 5, 2020
Used this text with my first and now my last homeschooler. This one got him excited about being able to read, and the story that connects the books is entertaining.
Andrew W on Jun 3, 2019
I want extra reading practice to build my child's confidence. This is a good collection of leveled readers for the emerging reader.
Jessica R on Jan 8, 2019
required for Sonlight LA grade 1
Barbara B on Sep 21, 2018
We need it for school
Breanna S on Aug 21, 2018
Curriculum for school
Marsha M on Jul 29, 2018
Needed to complete our Sonlight set
Lacey J on Jul 16, 2018
Needed for home school.
Sara J on Nov 27, 2017
I know I can trust Sonlight materials for helping children learn and love to learn.
Catherine B on May 9, 2017
I am teaching beginning reading. This book moves slowly and thoroughly through initial consonant and short vowel sounds. The children get lots of practice before moving onto the next level. It is a perfect beginning reader.
Virginia M on Dec 21, 2015
Recommended for early reader.
Karla B on Aug 13, 2020
Recommended by my child's kindergarten teacher for summer reading.
Tiffany C on Apr 21, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Best book for emergent reader!
The best early reading book! Finally found a book my daughters can read without getting frustrated. The first 20 pages have stories with short “a” sound (furthermore arranged per word families), then they introduced another short vowel sound for the next 10 pages and occasionally slip in one consonant blend into a word, later adding a word here or there with consonant blends at both beginning and end of a word. And the amazing thing to me is that with all this attention to detail to slowly build up reading skills without frustrating an emergent reader these stories actually make sense and even made me laugh a few times. After buying multiple sets of Level 1 books just to experience my daughter’s frustration because they all had too many reading concepts we now have a book she actually likes to read and watching her reading progress is amazing.
January 29, 2021
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Start
I purchased these 4 books on a whim. They were worth it! I have had all my kids struggle to grasp reading concepts. The stories start out very simple and short, giving your child a sense of accomplishment without the frustration. They finished something. The way it works, is you read the word list in the black word list book. We practice that word list, by building (with tiles), writing, spelling, using the words in a sentence, and playing various games. Once they can easily read that list, we read the stories that go along with it. The table of contents tells you the breakdown of each lesson. Usually it took us a week to do the list and the stories. We paired this with explode the code workbooks. My little two were needing remedial help after completing another program, and this really filled in the gaps. It was inexpensive, and very simple.
April 26, 2019
over 2 years ago

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