On the Trail (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

On the Trail (ALS Kindergarten Readers)

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Item #: 042644
ISBN: 9781934470091
Grades: K

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
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Lighthouse Publishers
0.7 (lbs.)
8.75" x 7.0" x 0.5"
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Recommended by Memoria Press
Naomi Q on Aug 11, 2020
Part of a fantastic series for early readers
Allison M on Mar 30, 2020
Recommended by Memoria Press
Naomi Q on Aug 11, 2020
Classical Christian Education
Rachel C on Aug 5, 2020
Part of a fantastic series for early readers
Allison M on Mar 30, 2020
Consistent words for decoding
Barbara S on Jun 1, 2019
This text is used by my daughter's school and we like this series very much. We are moving overseas and she will be finishing out the year homeschooled, so we are purchasing these books to continue what she would be learning in class.
Cindy M on Dec 19, 2018
These books have been great for helping my daughter learn to read, gain confidence, and understand various phonic sounds, the stories really drill in the phonics sounds.
Kendra P on Jan 24, 2018
We have had great success with At the Farm and are ordering the next books in the series.
User on Nov 7, 2017
My daughter needs a lot of reading practice. These books review the phonics skills she needs to practice to become fluent.
Raquel E on Apr 13, 2017
Supplement all about reading
Sonja M on May 1, 2016
This ALS series of readers contains lots of repetition of phonograms used in simple words. This repetition is what my dyslexic child needs to master the words that use the various phonograms introduced in his phonics program.
Elaine S on Jan 23, 2016
Classical Christian Education
Rachel C on Aug 5, 2020
Consistent words for decoding
Barbara S on Jun 1, 2019
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