From Phonics to Reading Student Edition Grade 1 (Level A)

From Phonics to Reading Student Edition Grade 1 (Level A)

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Item #: 050472
ISBN: 9781421715414
Grades: 1

Product Description:

Reviews short vowels with single consonant words, short vowels with blends and digraphs, final e words, long vowels, r-controlled vowels, complex vowels, diphthongs, long vowel spellings. High Frequency words are introduced and reviewed. Word studies include double final consonants, plurals, possessives, contractions, soft c and soft g, inflectional endings, prefixes, compound words, suffixes, superlatives, and transitions to longer words.

Publisher Description:

The full-color, consumable Student Books help students learn foundational skills and immediately apply them to reading and writing with resources including:

  • Active, engaging, and thought-provoking lessons and practice
  • Tear-out letter/word cards and take-home books with controlled and decodable text
  • Opportunities for guided spelling through dictation exercises
  • Embedded review and repetition cycle for mastery

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An attractive, well-organized, comprehensive, user-friendly program that bridges from solid phonics and reading instruction into language arts. The program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and incorporates its terminology. But (and this is an important “but”), that aspect is not overwhelming and the teacher instructions are well designed and easy to follow. Identifying and incorporating seven characteristics of strong phonics instruction, the author’s goal is to lay a very solid educational foundation. The characteristics? 1. Readiness Skills 2. Systematic Phonics Scope and Sequence 3. Blending 4. Dictation 5. Word Awareness 6. High-Frequency Words and 7. Reading Connected Text. Embedded review and repetition encourages mastery plus there is a focus on movement into real reading and writing rather than only isolated skill work. Components include a teacher guide and student workbook, sold separately or in a set.

The Teacher Edition is a gem. There’s simply no other way to describe it. Day in, day out, the lesson plans are there to support you and provide exactly what you need when you need it. It’s a wraparound book which means there are reduced copies of the student pages with all the teaching information you need provided “around the edges.” This support material is extensive but even more importantly it is understandable. Each day provides simple steps with the amount of time needed for each. These steps repeat through the various days with a weekly pattern. Instructional words are provided (scripted) and activities are described in a straight-forward manner. Weekly lesson components include: phonemic awareness, sound-spelling/blending, high-frequency words, reading connected text, word sorts, dictation, word building, print concepts, word study, independent practice, cumulative review, writing extension, and cumulative assessment. Some of these are repeated daily; other concepts are incorporated on various days each week. Student answers are provided, as well as masters for any needed materials (such as letter or word cards, etc). Likewise, there are daily and/or weekly suggestions for independent/partner work, intervention, and home-school connection. Yes, these courses are geared to a classroom situation but the amazingly user-friendly teacher material means they are easily adapted for use at home.

There are 30 weekly lessons grouped into units. For most years, there are six units with five lessons each although there is a little variation in the 2nd and 3rd grades. Each unit targets a phonics grouping (for instance, long vowel letters and combinations.) For each unit, there is a planner and a pacing guide along with a progress check. Each unit starts with a “Dear Family” home connection page (available in a Spanish translation) that outlines the skills that will be covered in the unit and offers suggestions for extended learning at home. Then follows the daily lessons.

There are several things that separate these courses from other phonics programs. There is a parallel emphasis on word mastery and applied reading, with both aimed at building a solid literacy foundation. There is a minimum of “moving parts” which encourages do-ability. While many programs are colorful and inviting, few are as straight-forward and well-grounded.

Digital resources are provided by using the code found in the Teacher Guide. This provides teachers with instructional guides and professional learning videos by Wiley Blevins, interactive instructional resources, and digital resources available at

The colorful and engaging consumable Student Book is designed for ease of use. There are perforated pages and you will probably choose to distribute them one lesson at a time. Most lessons in the early grades include a removable “take-home” student reading book which is introduced in class and then sent home for repeated practice readings. This feature is clearly a classroom plan, but most homeschool students will be happy to take their new book “home.” Other pages provide activities/exercises, handwriting practice, writing extensions, and a little thinking skills game called word ladders. The game has the student start at the bottom of the ladder with one word and go up the ladder following clues and changing one or more letters at each level into a new word. Word Sorts are another repeated activity. Starting with a list of words and four labeled boxes, the student distributes the words among the boxes under the proper label (such as “a_e,” “short a,” “i_e,” and “short i”).

You can boost your students’ fluency and early reading skills with the Fluency Booster Practice Book, a supplement of the From Phonics to Reading program. This stand-alone resource provides a variety of practice for building fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Decodable readers are provided in Levels K-A. Partner reading provides opportunities for students to read short texts and are found in Levels B & C.

While we’re still searching for a “perfect” phonics/reading program, this one moves really high up on my list. There’s only one uncertainty about the program. There are references in the books to an online practice component. This must be under some sort of construction as I was unable to access it successfully. The good news is that anything online definitely seems to be in the “hmmm, this might be fun” category as opposed to something integral and necessary for the program. If this portion is never operational, you will not be missing anything essential to the goal of phonics and reading mastery. ~ Janice

Publisher Description:

This comprehensive foundational skills program supports students on the path to early reading and writing with:

  • A systematic instructional scope and sequence that uses Wiley Blevins' research-based Seven Key Characteristics of Strong Phonics Instruction.
  • A focus on application and transfer to real reading and writing, rather than isolated skill work.
  • Active, thought-provoking phonics instruction that engages students in their learning every day.
  • Built-in differentiated instruction that supports all students through an embedded review and repetition cycle.

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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Child needs help with reading
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two first grade students
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Child needs help with reading
Diana G on Jan 26, 2017
Used to tutor a pre-k student
Jennifer O on Jun 23, 2016
Because I love the easy teaching format I believe this will be the best curriculum for my first grader.
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I used the Pre Reading with my son and we both learned so much. I know the next level will be just as amazing!
Whitney K on Jun 8, 2016
All About Reading is a phenomenal program for learning to read ESPECIALLY when reading disabilities are present. It is worth every penny.
Eleanor on May 23, 2016
To help my 2nd grader with reading
Andrea on May 17, 2016
The program has worked really well for my struggling reader. Other programs did not work for my son.
Ann L on Feb 1, 2016
For Dyslexic Child- recommended by a friend
Paige S on Jan 15, 2016
Recommended by a friend
Kara P on Dec 1, 2015
requirement for private school
Jennifer W on Oct 28, 2015
two first grade students
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Used to tutor a pre-k student
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Great reading resource
I purchased this to help my son who has a learning disability with reading. It's been great to start from the beginning and fill in the holes of what he didn't get in school
June 16, 2016
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We can't say enough good things about this curriculum! LOVE IT! Very thorough and allows us to work at my child's pace. Practices understanding one concept before moving on!
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