Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit, Grade 2
The Grade 2 Kit continues with additional sets of SnapWords and Easy-for-Me Readers but also moves solidly into spelling instruction. The Grade 2 Teaching Manual is similar in lesson layout to the Grade K-1 Teaching Manual but activity sheets are provided only as PDF files on the accompanying CD. Spelling materials include the Illustrated Book of Sounds and Their Spelling Patterns as well as the Sound Spelling Cards.
Includes: SnapWords List B, C, F, and Nouns 1 sets; Easy-for-Me Children's Readers Set B and C; Sound Spelling Cards; How to Teach SnapWords; Easy for Me Reading Grade 2 Teaching Manual (w/ CD); Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns (w/CD); and Activities CD for SnapWords B, C, F, and N1.
The Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit, Grade 2 will bring success to your struggling learner. The Easy-For-Me Program is so effective because the multi-sensory approach to learning engages your child on all levels, and utilizes his/her own learning style strengths and talents.
If you have used Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit 1, this Kit is "what's next" after the K & 1st Grade Kit. The Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit, Grade K-1 is for beginning readers and for children who have failed to learn to read to date.
What's In the Kit:
SnapWords B, C, F, Nouns 1 (236 words)
Easy-for-Me Teaching Manual, Grade 2
CD of resources & hands-on activities
Vocabulary lessons on CD
The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns,2nd Edition
Resource CD containing printable pages
Beyond Sight Words Activities B, C, F, & N1 hundreds of leveled reading activities and teaching instructions
Sound Spelling Teaching Cards
154 sound spellings
Easy-for-Me Children's Readers, Sets B and C (46 individual books)
How to Teach SnapWords
They say it best themselves:" Easy-For-Me" Reading Program is a careful blend of solid phonics instruction and sight word acquisition combined with structural analysis of words." With a strong focus on phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension, its also a research-based program. Developed first as "parts" (Alphabet Tales, SnapWords, and Easy-for-Me Readers), these are now available in comprehensive grade level language arts sets with all the "parts" cohesively coordinated through a Teaching Manual providing not only detailed lessons but also a wealth of worksheets and activities.
The Teaching Manual is a gem, providing 77 self-paced lessons, carefully laid out (not scripted, though) and very teacher-friendly. Theres very little prep you just need a familiarity with the TM. All materials needed are provided in the Kit with the exception of teacher and student-sized whiteboards, markers in two colors, and a pocket chart (sold separately or make your own). Utilizing the various Child1st products expertly woven together introducing sounds through a story and reading through word acquisition. Instruction includes a visual plus: hand (and sometimes body) motions. I love that there are a mere eight pages describing the methodology and providing How-tos" for the book (not pages and pages of teacher-ese to wade through). However, what is covered here is important how to introduce and facilitate learning of a new set of sight words, how to reinforce learning with body motions, how to utilize whiteboards, and how to incorporate Fingermapping (a method using fingers to represent the pattern of a word). A couple of things from this section are noteworthy. First, she fully describes Fingermapping a skill used throughout the lessons as a way of identifying the letter patterns of a word. This seems a very useful technique but a word of caution you might need to learn a new skill if your fourth (ring) and little (pinkie) fingers dont naturally want to hang out together (like mine dont). The other is a little hint that is a practical and useful idea. She suggests keeping whiteboard markers for each child in a tube sock. Why, you ask? The tube socks can be used as an always available whiteboard eraser. She does suggest washing the sock regularly!
The bulk of the TM is the detailed lessons (one page for each) and the reproducible activity worksheets that reinforce the teaching (2-3 pages per lesson). Lessons have icons to designate the lesson type introducing sounds (Alphabet Tales and Stylized Letter Teaching Cards), blending sounds, sight words (SnapWords), review, reading (Easy-for-Me Readers), and writing--as well as icons to show the focus of the various parts of each lesson. These lesson segments illustrate the effort to appeal to the different learning styles of each child and incorporate opportunities for the student to use their fingers and bodies as part of the learning process. Each lesson provides suggestions for "Teacher Centers," providing follow-up activities that are easily adapted for homeschools. Activity pages are reproducible, well-done, occasionally full-color but typically black and white, and provide more than just paper and pencil type of activities. An accompanying CD provides PDF files for each of the Activity sheets.
There are three sections in the Manual designed to work through introductory phonics sounds and a number of sight words and to teach the child to read through the first set of Easy-for-Me Readers. Each section begins with a page that provides learner goals, materials needed, prep work, word lists, and assessments. Section One covers short "a" and "o" words (books 1-7), Section Two covering short "i" and "u" words (books 8-15) and Section Three finishing up with short "e" words (books 16-22). Teachers are encouraged to start slowly and to proceed at the students pace. The author notes that Sections 2 & 3 will go faster than Section 1.
Additional teaching instruction for SnapWords is included in How to Teach SnapWords, a little booklet that provides a collection of activities designed to teach through the sets of SnapWords. The activities (games, really) use the cards and are grouped into the following categories word recognition, reading, reading/writing connection, structural analysis of words, and phonemic awareness. There is even a suggestion for ESOL (i.e. ELL, ESL) application. These activities are the same as those in Part 2 of the SnapWords Mini-Lessons. This booklet also includes an alphabetical list of all SnapWords.
There is instruction for each Easy-for-Me Reader included with the reader. Teaching ideas from both the Readers and the How to Teach SnapWords are woven into the Teaching Manual.
Writing learning to print the letters and words is part of the instruction from the very beginning. Journaling starts about halfway through the lessons and begins with the student writing down words just learned. Handwriting instruction is clever and often involves the child using fingers/hands to make letters (curved hand looking like a cave for c and then closed for o, etc.) and to illustrate differences in letters such as b and d. Throughout this process, there are lots of little stories which serve as mnemonic devices. The author states clearly that invented spelling is "taboo." She maintains that students need to look for the patterns embedded in our language and I couldnt agree more.
Across the curriculum ideas are provided with each lesson. Many of these are language arts skills (capitalization, punctuation) which serve to push this reading program into the "complete language arts" category. Others (every fifth lesson) include social studies, art, science, geography, etc.
One of the strengths of this approach is its ability to clarify between troublesome words. For instance, the word "here" has a little guy drawn into the letter "r" pointing down. "There" has a teacher-type person pointing across the room drawn into the letter "t" and "where" has a "w" that looks like a person holding their two hands out in the classic sign for "I dont know where".
The Grade 2 Kit continues with additional sets of SnapWords and Easy-for-Me Readers but also moves solidly into spelling instruction. The Grade 2 Teaching Manual is similar in lesson layout to the Grade K-1 Teaching Manual but activity sheets are provided only as PDF files on the accompanying CD. Spelling materials include the Illustrated Book of Sounds and Their Spelling Patterns as well as the Sound Spelling Cards. The Illustrated Book of Sounds and Their Spelling Patterns is a manual that provides Teaching Notes for 128 lessons that span 55 different spelling units that cover all the basic spelling patterns typically covered in elementary grades so the idea is to use this manual with the Grade 2 (through Unit 24) and then continue in following years. An accompanying CD provides PDF files for the Tracking Sheets, Teaching Notes, and Activity Sheets for each unit. Sound Spelling Cards are another set of colorful cards (in their own storage box). These provide visuals for each sound spelling category (154 for 22 categories). Another helpful inclusion in the Grade 2 Kit is a CD that provides PDF files for Beyond Sight Word Activities for the included sets of SnapWords (B, C, F, and N1). These activities begin with the SnapWords and springboard into teaching all the critical elements of reading comprehension, writing, spelling, phonemic awareness, word recognition, fluency, and critical thinking. These activities are game-based and hands-on. All activities are printable and include assessments and tracking sheets. ~ Janice
Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.
Child1st has a mission teaching reading to the children who are picture thinkers and global thinkers. These children right-brain learners, autistic, aspergers, and dyslexics often fall through the cracks of traditional phonics instruction. They find it impossible to remember the phonograms and fail to see how they work together to make sense. The creative work of Sarah Major, M.Ed., Child1st materials are colorful, easy-to-use, clever, well-constructed, and (may I say) addictivenot to mentionoffer great flexibility. What sets this program apart is the combination of phonics instruction with a stronger-than-usual emphasis on learning sight words, adding both a story element as well as a solid kinesthetic element. Letters, phonograms, and sight words each have their own "story" complete with stylized letters or words that bring the story to mind. Hand and body motions cement the learning connection. In other words, all the needed elements combine to bring about meaningful reading success for picture-thinkers and right brain learners. They get it! And, they remember it!
There are a number of products from this publisher all with the above educational mission. These products can be used in all sorts of combinations and offer a great deal of flexibility. You can use the Grade Level Kits as complete reading and language arts programs or use just one portion for a particular purpose (for instance, the SnapWords sight word program or the Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns). You could start with Alphabet Tales (to get a taste for the program) for learning the letters and their sounds. Then continue with SnapWords sets and/or the Easy-for-Me Readers. Both of these have their own teaching instructions. But if you want that next level of completeness and cohesiveness, then use the Grade Level Kits that combine all of the above elements with a teaching manual for comprehensive instructive material plus LOTS of reproducible activity sheets. The Grade Level Kits actually provide introductory language arts so they fit into the "complete language arts" category. While the materials may seem a bit pricey, they are all high-quality and well-done and the instruction is easy to follow and research-based. ~ Janice
Easy-for-Me ?Childrens Readers are a parallel program to SnapWords ? and another sequel to Alphabet Tales. These provide the phonics aspects of this approach to reading. Each book includes a two-page set of teacher instructions straight-forward, easy to follow and to do. These instructions include "before you read," "sounds/phonics," "sight words," and "follow-up activities," etc. They are designed to help you keep track of what has been learned so far. Comprehension questions are included with Set C. The set of instructions in each little book builds on the previous book and then builds set by set. These may seem a little pricey but there are 22-24 books in each set; each with pleasant, colorful artwork and solid stories. ~ Janice