Language Olympics Set Books 1-6
There is more to this program than what might initially meet the eye. Seemingly only a series of six smallish workbooks, these provide the structure for a one-on-one tutoring relationship that will give an older student the tools he/she needs to become a successful reader. Organized by phonics but aiming for mastery, not only of phonics-based words but also of sight words, the six books each have five lessons. At a mastery rate (achievable with consistent work) of one lesson per week, the series can be completed in about 8 months and will take the student from a just beginning reading level to a fifth level.
Lessons follow a pattern. Phonics Word Reading provides lists of words organized by phonics sound for the student to read and master. Interestingly, although the lessons start with short vowel sounds they also cover additional sounds. For instance, the short a lesson also includes r-controlled a and all/aw words. This part of the lesson also includes a list of "Challenge Words compound words related to the lesson sound. The Spelling portion of the lesson includes a word list for the student to read and learn to spell followed by activities (i.e., fill in the blanks, write words from list under pictures). Sight Words are covered by flashcard lists (can be reproduced and cut apart) and more fill-in-the-blank exercises. Reading practice takes the form of Bible Stories (one per lesson) taken from the Old Testament and in chronological order through the workbooks. The student first listens to the story, finds/marks sight words, completes review and comprehension exercises, reads the story and then retells it in his own words.
Checklists abound in these books an overall list in the back of the book and within each lesson while the inside front cover is a Progress Chart. This is where the one-on-one tutoring design of the series becomes apparent. A Tutor Guide is included with each set of workbooks providing helpful information for the tutor as well as the expectations for the tutoring relationship. As a mastery program, flexibility, consistency, and positive reactions to student efforts are essentials for success. Before starting, students need to have a basic knowledge of the alphabet: recognize letters, say letter names, write the letters, and know the usual sounds of consonants. Additional tutor training videos are available as free downloads on the publisher's website. Each book is 40 pgs, pb. ~ Janice
Learning-to-Read course for older students.
Language Olympics is a simple and effective individual tutoring program designed forolder students who struggle with reading and/or spelling. The course has six books with fivelessons in each.
Language Olympics places an equal emphasis on phonics, spelling, and sight words.Students learn spelling and word meanings of high-frequency words in the English language.
Each lesson must be mastered before going on to the next.Bible stories are used for reading practice. These 30 classic Old Testament stories areenjoyed by people of many faiths. The stories are simplified, but nothing is added to them; theyare not embellished.
The repeating routine of the lessons enhances the learning process. Every lesson has thesame progression of phonics, spelling, sight words, and reading practice. This means there areno 'surprises' or unexpected demands on the student. This is also helpful to the tutor. The tutorand student can stop at any point in the lesson and pick up at that place the next time.
There is a progress chart on the inside front cover of each book and checkboxes on everypage as reminders of exactly what needs to be done. As the student masters phonics, spellingand sight words, he gains the ability to read the stories. When he finishes the last story, he isreading at 5th grade level.