Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer

Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer

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Item #: 040913
ISBN: 9781696295093
Grades: K-1

Product Description:

Primer Level includes stories from the Elson Readers Primer. Multi-letter phonograms are underlined; multi-syllable words are written with the syllables separated. The words have many of the same markings that children are learning to use as they analyze their spelling words. 241 pgs, pb

Publisher Description:

Reading Lessons Through Literature is a pick-up-and-go Orton phonogram reading program organized around the stories in The Elson Readers. RLTL teaches 75 basic phonograms. In each level, the spelling lists are organized around the stories in The Elson Readers. Each level the includes instructional material, the spelling lists, and an Elson Reader, so there are no additional readers to purchase.

Category Description for Reading Lessons Through Literature:

Note: This series is becoming Reading and Spelling Through Literature.

What does a busy homeschooling mom of several children want when it comes to teaching reading? How about . . .

  • Pick-up-and-go.
  • Strong, phonics-based instruction.
  • Reasonable price.
  • A focus on the beginning reader.
  • Lists of spelling words.
  • An easy-to-find set of stories to read.

Ok, then! It's all here in Reading Lessons Through Literature. This program takes an Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching first the phonograms, then spelling, then reading. If you know much about any of the O-G programs, you know that they can be expensive, complicated to use and/or time consuming to learn. Not so with Reading Lessons. You will have to take a bit of time to read through the brief introductory material (ten pages or so) and it may take a bit more time to become comfortable with the process (I'd guess a week or so) but that's a very minimal investment for a homeschool mom's lifetime of teaching reading. After that, the program really is pick-up-and-go and, frankly, rather amazing in its thoroughness as well as its straight-forwardness and, not to mention, its nice, comfortable price. If you added the author's corresponding grammar program, English Lessons Through Literature, you would have a complete language arts program.

The Text (program book) for each level is the one necessary component. Plus, you will most likely want a composition book for each student (with line width corresponding to grade or ability level) which will serve as a spelling notebook. You might want to add a set of RLTL phonogram flashcards (available as free downloads) but you wouldn't have to. After the brief introductory instructions (identical for each RL level), there are three sections in each level Text. Section 1 - the phonograms (75 phonograms and 30 spelling rules). Section 2 - the spelling lists (which also serve as reading lists) - markings analyze the words and are explained. Section 3 - the complete (slightly edited) text of a corresponding Elson Reader.

The O-G method of teaching reading may seem a little backwards to some but it's based on the premise that through learning the basic phonograms and spelling rules, students then have the tools needed to decipher new words. Relying on sight words (as many programs do) just forces the student to memorize those words and then (hopefully) intuit the phonograms. Instead, learn the phonograms, then add the analysis of words and teach the spelling rules (many of which are pronunciation rules, as well). The spelling lists (ten words per week in Level 1 and then 10- 15 words per week in subsequent levels) become reading lists. Spelling/reading lists are arranged around the Elson Readers stories so introducing the stories comes next (after the first 80 words have been learned). A student may read a story after he has learned all the words in the story and he is comfortable reading those words from his spelling notebook.

Phonograms can be taught straight from the Text but prepare a set of flashcards from them, if you must. Beginning students (4-5 years) should learn two phonograms per day although an older beginning student could be expected to learn as many as four per day. Phonograms are reviewed on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and quizzed on Wednesday and Friday. Once the first 26 phonograms have been learned, the student will begin to learn the spelling lists which are first dictated at the rate of two-three words per day. The student is creating a spelling notebook and then reading these spelling words from it daily. After the first 80 words have been learned: real stories from the classic Elson Readers!

The Elson readers are reprints from the early 1920s and feature stories about traditional life reflective of the early 1900s, folk tales, fables, nature stories, and poetry. For example, in level 4, Brother Fox's Tar Baby folktale, reflective of the time period, is included. Other noted authors include Mother Goose, Christina G. Rossetti, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Progress through the Readers is in incremental steps and in RLTL is facilitated by the way the words are presented. Primer Level includes stories from the Elson Readers Primer; multi-letter phonograms are underlined; multi-syllable words are written with the syllables separated. Level 2 (Elson Readers, Book 1) still has multi-syllable words written with syllables separated. In Level 3 (Elson Readers Book 2) and Level 4 (Elson Readers Book 3) words are written in the normal fashion. There are also a few editing changes in the RLTL version of these stories. Archaic animal names have been changed to reflect the more common modern names. There are some other minor changes in punctuation and wording, but the stories remain the same. The RLTL author has, however, removed many of the pictures because picture clues to the text can encourage guessing instead of practicing decoding skills. The complete text of each Elson Reader is included in the RLTL Level Book.

There are several helpful appendices in each of the RLTL Level books: prepared dictation (how/what to do after finishing the RLTL levels), spelling words in alphabetical order (words from all four levels), sample schedules, and a list of advanced phonograms.

If you are looking for an intensive phonics approach to reading that is easy to implement and won't consume your entire homeschooling budget, this is a good place to look. If you're clueless about the ins and outs of intensive phonics compared to other types of programs, don't sweat it. This is a straight-forward program that will have you up and moving through those phonograms before you even know what they mean. Reading is right around the corner. Approx 300 pp, sc. ~ Janice

Note: With the title change are a few other changes. Revised books in the series are 8.5"x 11." The levels are changing to correspond to the titles of the Elson Readers. Phonograms are no longer included in the book but are available as free downloads.

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.

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Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula
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We are using ELTL and decided to try out her Reading and Spelling program too.
Kathleen D on May 12, 2020
Looking for and Orton Gillingham approach, consistent with Charlotte Mason.
Stephen H on Jul 1, 2019
We are using ELTL and decided to try out her Reading and Spelling program too.
Kathleen D on May 12, 2020
Honestly the best book to help with reading and spelling!! I just love her curriculum so much
User on Aug 24, 2019
Looking for and Orton Gillingham approach, consistent with Charlotte Mason.
Stephen H on Jul 1, 2019
Great reviews
Shayla G on Jun 1, 2018
Someone recommended it
Jennifer G on Sep 12, 2017
Orton-Gillingham program with good reviews for ease of use and cost.
Paige S on Sep 2, 2016
I chose this to teach my current readers spelling because they missed out on a complete program for phonics when learning to read.
User on Aug 15, 2016
teach my younger to read and older to spell. a good price. read it was a simple thorough program.
Erin G on Jan 12, 2016
Honestly the best book to help with reading and spelling!! I just love her curriculum so much
User on Aug 24, 2019
Great reviews
Shayla G on Jun 1, 2018
if your student hasn't used the program before and is in second grade, what book would you start with to use for spelling only?
Sarah on May 22, 2020
Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer
Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer
Reading Lessons Through Literature Level 3
Reading Lessons Through Literature Level 3
Reading Lessons Through Literature Level 2
Reading Lessons Through Literature Level 2
BEST ANSWER: I would probably just start with the primer. With any of the books, the hardest part is learning all the phonograms (exactly the same in all of the books). Then they will need to get the hang of marking the words based on the spelling rules (again, the same in all the books). I think it is beneficial to have slightly easier words while learning all of that. I started my 3rd grader with the primer and it was not too easy. However, I'd suggest looking at the samples of the spelling lists for each book to see if your student can already easily spell those words and level up accordingly if you think they can. Like I said, the exact same phonograms and rules are covered in each book; it's just that the spelling lists get more difficult. It's been an amazing program for us- simple yet effective.
How long does each level typically take to complete? Are all levels needed before my child can read fluently?
CATHY on Sep 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Each level provides instruction for an academic year. There are four levels in this program - basically grades K through 3rd. Each child is different and will read fluently after various amounts of instruction. Four years is on the longish side and I would expect most children to be reading fairly fluently prior to the last level. Nevertheless, the final instruction is important as it deals with multi-syllable words and roots/prefixes/suffixes.
Do you need to have the Elson Readers to go with this book?
CATHY on Sep 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the entire text of the reader is included in this book.
I am looking at reading literature for Migrant workers whom i teach - i believe this will be good- can i see some sample of the stories?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The stories in the book are from the Elson Readers. You should be able to look them up and see samples of the stories. i believe level 1 is the kindergarten Elson Reader.
Is this book spiral bound?
User on Aug 28, 2016
Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer
Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer
English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5
English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5" x 11"
English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5
English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5" x 11"
BEST ANSWER: No, ours were not spiral bound. (We have had books spiral bound at our local UPS store for reasonable cost... it may be handy to have this one done like that too.)
Is this spiral bound?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it is not. You can take it to Office Depot to have the spine cut and bound. I have really enjoyed teaching from this book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Absolutely the best
I tried Spelling Workout, All About Spelling, Logic of English, and How to Spell before giving in to my sister's nagging to give this a try and she is right--this is absolutely the best out there. It is very simple but the results are what I was looking for--memorizing spelling rules and phonograms while learning new words. The program is neither cumbersome nor dry. Simply dictate spelling words by using the phonograms they are made of helps the student to learn the phonograms in many different contexts. I also dictate the spelling rule(s) that each word follows so that my child hears the the rules being used in real words and sees how they are applied. For an added twist, every Friday I give my child the book and have him give me a spelling test by dictating back the words from the week's list the same way I dictated them to him all week--by phonogram and by telling me to rules that apply to each word. Thus, the student becomes the master.
November 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
Great spelling program!
I know this is sold as a reading program, but I've been using it for spelling. I had tried other programs- with a workbook there were tears and I didn't feel the information was being retained; I tried AAS, but it was a flop for me, too many pieces, I dreaded doing it, so it was always the first thing dropped. RLTL is simple. I am actually teaching the spelling, so it's being retained. And it's so straight forward and easy, that it's getting done! I like that I am teaching them the spelling rules, but in context. And no memorizing is required. I simply repeat the rule every time we spell a word that uses it (this is listed for you, so no need for me to remember everything!), and through this repetition my kids are remembering and applying the rules themselves. Since my kids were already reading, I did not spend time memorizing the phonograms. I went over all 75 once before we started, after that I simply reviewed 10 each day before giving them their spelling words. The author has a free chart of the 75 phonograms available on her website. It has 25 single letter phonograms on one side (the letters of the alphabet, except qu) and the 50 multi letter phonograms on the other. We only review the second side. My oldest son went quickly through level 2 and is now working through level 3. I'm buying level 4 because we will definitely be continuing this next school year. My younger kids I started in level 1.
June 19, 2016

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