American Language Series Complete Package
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.
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
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.
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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