American Language Series Complete Package

American Language Series Complete Package

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Item #: 042638
ISBN: 9781934470138
Grades: K

Product Description:

Phonics and reading (as well as spelling, writing and vocabulary) two components designed to be used together, one reinforcing the other. This is a traditional, biblical, teacher-directed program with carefully laid out lessons. It covers all of language arts for kindergarten, including phonics and handwriting. The coursework is fairly serious and rigorous, but the student pages look inviting. Letters and their sounds are introduced in an order that allows students to begin reading and writing words almost immediately. As sounds are learned, they are practiced and reinforced by reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting.

Complete teacher materials include Teacher Handbooks, lesson plans, and phonics songs (contained on a USB flash drive). Lesson plans are very detailed and include step-by step instructions for teaching the lesson plus a content overview, list of materials you'll need, teaching tips, and activities. Handbooks are in PDF format and can be read and/or printed. Songs can be uploaded to a personal device. A brief, spiral-bound Phonics and Reading Guide is also included. Student Materials are printed in full-color. There are four Worktexts (two for each component, 160 to 230 pgs) and six paperback Readers (96 - 170 pgs). A small koala bear plush animal is also included in the drawstring bag.

Publisher Description:

We do not believe you can find any program that is better and teaches children more effectively than the American Language Series. Most children are reading at a second or third grade level when they are finished. Not only are they terrific readers, but they are very good spellers. Children are reading words within a few days of starting. Each reader covers different vowel combinations. The first reader only has short-vowel words. The third reader has words that are long vowel only if they end in “e”. Seeing the same words in their workbooks and then reading them in their readers, helps them to remember them so much better. This is why they end up spelling so well.

Reading is the most important thing a child will learn academically. If they can read, they can learn anything from anyone. Even math is dependent on a child being able to read the instructions. We believe this is the very best program available at a very reasonable price.

Complete set includes:

  • 4 Workbooks
  • 6 Readers
  • Teacher's CD
  • Teacher's Guide

Category Description for American Language Series:

Many homeschoolers will recognize this program from Mile-Hi by Guyla Nelson. It has two basic components: Phonics & Reading and Spelling, Writing, & Vocabulary. These are designed to be used together, one reinforcing the other. This is a traditional, biblical, teacher-directed program with carefully laid out lessons. It covers all of language arts for kindergarten, including handwriting. Complete teacher materials, including Teacher Handbooks, lesson plans, and phonics songs are contained on a USB flash drive. Handbooks are in .pdf format and can be read and/or printed using Adobe Acrobat. The manuals are quite meaty at 268 pgs. (Spelling, Writing & Vocabulary), 420 pgs. (Phonics & Reading), and 510 pgs. (Phonics & Spelling). Song format is compatible with itunes or Quicktime. Software for playing these is available via free download from Adobe or Apple. Unless you can be at your computer while teaching, you will probably want to print out the lessons and download music to your mp3 music player. An abbreviated Phonics and Reading Guide (very abbreviated) is included also, but this is not enough to teach from. All of the student materials, however, are printed and in full-color. There are four worktexts - two for each component - and six paperback readers. Student materials are hefty as well; workbooks vary between 160 and 230 pages apiece; readers are thick with the first a mere 96 pages and the rest over 170 pages each. This is among the most comprehensive programs available both in terms of content and material.

Lesson plans are very detailed, telling you exactly what to do. They include a content overview, list of materials you'll need, teaching tips, and activities (step by step instructions for teaching the lesson). This will be a tremendous help to busy mothers or those without experience teaching reading. The coursework is fairly serious and rigorous, but student pages look inviting. Letters and their sounds are introduced in an order that allows students to begin reading and writing words almost immediately. By the second lesson, they are writing 'loll' and identifying words that begin with lo (short o) like 'lock' and 'lobster'. The rest of the letters are introduced in this order: i, d, a. c, t, e, f, u, v, w, s, h, n, r, m, b, j, x, g, y, p, q, k, z. Following this, consonant digraphs and blends are introduced, then consonant substitutes (silent letters), silent e, controlled-vowels, vowel digraphs and vowel digraph exceptions, diphthongs and diphthong exceptions. As sounds are learned, they are practiced and reinforced by reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. This program is very thorough and will give your child a solid foundation in language. Components are also available separately.




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
Phonics
Grade
K
ISBN
9781934470138
Format
Other
Brand Name
Lighthouse Publishers
Weight
8.85 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 13.0" x 4.25"
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this was recommended to me from my friends, i saw the content and really think it will help my kids with reading!
Yelena G on Sep 11, 2020
friend recommended for me. 7 year old daughter struggling to read. we have already bought the 1st reader and are loving it so went for the package to continue to learn.
mallory r on Jul 31, 2020
this was recommended to me from my friends, i saw the content and really think it will help my kids with reading!
Yelena G on Sep 11, 2020
Wanted something different than I've used for my other four. Looked thorough and age appropriate.
Jason H on Aug 15, 2020
friend recommended for me. 7 year old daughter struggling to read. we have already bought the 1st reader and are loving it so went for the package to continue to learn.
mallory r on Jul 31, 2020
I have been told by several friends that this curriculum is great.
Heather O on Aug 24, 2019
It was highly recommended by two friends that have used this with their children with great success.
Rene J on Jul 28, 2019
We heard this was a very thorough and enjoyable language arts program with great readers.
Gabriel B on Apr 28, 2018
Well, I worked in a Christian School, and the kindergarten teacher recommended these books for my grandson. She rated these books with high marks, and I trusted her words.
annemarie P on Aug 17, 2017
I wanted to get this to use in conjunction with another program for one of the my children who has language issues and needs some extra reinforcement. I would also like to use this to start working with a Kindergartener and a very precocious three year old.
Sarah S on Jul 21, 2017
This is one of the strongest language series available. We have been very happy with it in the past.
Rick M on Aug 12, 2016
We have had outstanding results with our kindergarten students when using this curriculum. The backpack and stuffed animal is a nice gift to our students at the start of kindergarten.
Richard M on Jul 22, 2016
I taught using this curriculum. The Kindergarteners were reading in 1 month!!! It is a good, Christian curriculum. Now I am looking forward to teaching my children to read.
Naomi S on Mar 14, 2016
Because my little sisters used it to learn to read! It was called something else back then
RikiLynn G on Feb 27, 2016
Wanted something different than I've used for my other four. Looked thorough and age appropriate.
Jason H on Aug 15, 2020
I have been told by several friends that this curriculum is great.
Heather O on Aug 24, 2019
Is this quite bible heavy? I would prefer a phonics program that is very bible based.
Ashley on Mar 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is an incredible program that will help your child to be able to read the Bible before finishing Kindergarten! There are some Bible stories throughout the curriculum. We have an excellent Bible curriculum we use along with the American Language Series. Yet, we HIGHLY recommend this Kindergarten curriculum. It is excellent!
Does this include the teachers’s manuals?
Dianna H on Jun 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does. Complete teacher materials, including Teacher Handbooks, lesson plans, and phonics songs are contained on a CD-ROM.
I am looking to purchase this curriculum for my 5 year old son. He is biracial and I am specifically looking for curriculum that has diverse pictures of people included. Is this curriculum diverse in their depiction of people?
A shopper on May 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is more diverse and inclusive than others I have used. It uses more stories with children as characters than any other curriculum.
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Very pleased with not only the price, but the quality of this curriculum. My daughter loves it, the manipulatives are great, and this website has the best price on the entire package!
September 26, 2017
Rated 4 out of 5
Excellent!
My daughter is 8 years old and we are starting at the beginning and able to get through all of these lessons, cementing skills for learning to read. Spelling is also being reinforced. If she was 5 this would be too hard as reading has not come easily to her but at age 8 this is getting us through all basic skills, rules and practices needed to help her become a proficient reader. She is confident and happy to do her lessons. Love this program! I do wish that I had a teacher book already printed as the downloads are lengthy & repetitive so I haven't printed them yet. I would've paid more to just have a teacher book already printed and provided to me.
October 29, 2015
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over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is the program my son used way back in 2000 when we first started homeschooling---it's incredibly thorough and really creates skilled readers I was told by a rep at whatever curriculum catalog I purchased this from that my son would be reading at the level of last year of 2nd grade and boy was she right! I remember it being very teacher intensive but very enjoyable for both my son and myself I see there is now a CDROM for teacher but my program had very ed lessons contained in 2 teacher manuals I had no idea this program was still around but I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to have a very strong reader
July 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
My first impression of this program is that it is unbelievably comprehensive I've never taught a child to read before and there is a lot more to it than I expected - all of it covered here The children's materials are attractive with nice stories in the readers The guidelines for the handwriting exercises are much smaller than we're used to - I'll have to see if my daughter can print such small lettersMy only gripe is with the teacher's materials The pdf files were apparently scanned in from a printout rather than converted from the original document which means that the text is not sharp and easy to read but is quite blurry and swims on the page The font is small so reading more than a little at a time hurts my eyes I plan to call the publisher and see if they can provide me with pdf files directly converted from the word processing documents Those would be much easier to read And there is *a lot* to read Be prepared to print 1000 pages!All in all though I feel well-prepared to teach reading with this program which a veteran homeschool friend recommended
May 21, 2010


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