Phonics From A to Z 3rd Edition

Phonics From A to Z 3rd Edition

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ISBN: 9781338113495
Grades: K-3

Product Description:

I am such a proponent of solid phonics instruction! This classic resource authored by Wiley Blevins has been updated! Added are summaries of current research, practical strategies and phonics lessons. In addition are phonogram word lists, picture book suggestions, ready-to-use assessments, scope and sequence, guidelines for ELL (ESL) students and discussion of common reading problems with solutions. There is a lot of in-depth reading here. But information is also accessible: tips for decoding and understanding word parts and phonics instruction, etc. Section 1 defines phonics. Section 2 covers alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. Section 3 goes in depth in teaching sounds and letters. Section 4 is also full of content, helping you devise phonics lesson plans that work. Section 5 focuses on individual needs. There's not just theory here. There are so many practical helps: word lists for each phoneme; games; activities; lists of most frequently used sounds and words . . . the content goes on and on. While the intended audience is a teacher in a brick-and-mortar school, this resource will help the homeschool teacher understand how language develops and provide a solid foundation to start your student reading with success. 320 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

Publisher Description:

In this new edition of his best-selling classic, Wiley Blevins outlines the most recent brain research, 7 key characteristics of strong phonics instruction, and powerful instructional routines for accelerating student learning. Also includes special sections on meeting the needs of struggling readers and English language learners, speed drill forms, fluency tips, word sort and word building support, engaging lessons, word lists, games, learning center ideas, technology resources, and more.

Category Description for Memoria Press Classical Curriculum:

Memoria Press now offers complete Curriculum Manuals and grade-level curriculum packages for PK-10 using the classical methodology. Recitation is used in every level for memorization of basic facts, systematic phonics and good books are used for reading education, copywork is used for teaching Bible truths, and music and art are included for enrichment in the early (K-3) levels. Each Curriculum Manual contains complete lesson plans for a one-year course of study.

The Curriculum Manuals are well-formatted and easy to use. In the front of each book you will find a checklist of the materials needed at that level, an explanation of this curriculum, instructions for lesson implementation, a recommended schedule and blank schedule for your own planning purposes, and 33 weeks of detailed lesson plans. Lessons include assignments from the books used at each grade level, as well as activity suggestions. The appendices include a variety of material for that grade level, and may include: prayers, letter activities, recitation, memory verses, read-aloud book list, poetry list and selections, and a paintings/music list for kindergarten and first grade. These pages are reproducible for family or classroom use.

Although most of the guides have been available for several years, the curriculum was restructured in 2015, with many of the programs originally included in 3rd grade now with a slower pacing to span 3rd and 4th grade. Guides for grades 3 and up have been modified to reflect this change, while the lower-level guides have only had minor changes. If you are already midway into the program with the original guides, you can still continue in that track with the older guides, now titled Acclerated Classical Core Curriculum Manual. You can find these along with the complete list of curriculum resources used with them on our website.

We have complete grade-level resource packages, consumable packages for “refill,” new user packages for levels that reuse resources from a previous level, read-aloud packages for each level and science and enrichment packages for the early levels. Curriculum resources are also listed individually (see website for specific contents of consumables and read-aloud packages). Please note that several of the programs include First Form Latin and Classical Composition, which should be completed in order, regardless of what is in the grade level package.If you have a student entering the program after fourth grade, you will need to start them in Classical Composition: Fable Stage and/or First Form Latin instead of what might be in the package.

This series is for the parent who wants a good classical curriculum which is outlined and ready to use. Simply open the book and follow the instructions. You will be well on your way to a quality education for your young ones. ~ Donna


There will be families who are very thankful for the appearance of this curriculum; for years it's seemed as though classical education and special needs might be incompatible. Then comes Cheryl Swope who just...does it. Not only did she start walking down the classical path with her special needs twins, but she quickly realized that it was the very best possible educational path for them. The combination of systematic repetition, language skills emphasis, gracious implementation and quality content has reaped amazing results, transforming their challenging lives into those with meaningful expressions of beauty and service.

Simply Classical Curriculum, written by Mrs. Swope, is essentially a set of lesson plans coupled with a choice reading list that moves gradually into some of the Memoria Press curriculum products (i.e. First Start Reading and Classical Phonics) as well as other early level curriculum products (i.e. Rod & Staff preschool workbooks). A quick look at these lesson plans might cause you to conclude that it is simply a typical classical program slooooowed way down. You're not exactly wrong, but you're not exactly right either. It's rather that the possibility of slowing way down is built into the lessons. The daily collection of lessons - rich in quality literature - progress slowly and surely through the process of laying a very solid foundation in classical learning. The plans/program offers 10 key features:

  • - The rich, beautiful content of a classical Christian education
  • - A slower pace with ample review
  • - An emphasis on books with elegant illustrations to cultivate a taste for excellence
  • - A multi-sensory presentation of material
  • - Oral language components
  • - Skills checklists
  • - Integration across subjects
  • - Themed levels
  • - A trivium approach
  • - Socratic questioning

Introductory information for each level includes a program overview, readiness assessment, FAQs concerning where to begin, list of read-aloud books, supply list, brief teacher notes, and a week-by-week chart for recitation and memory work. The detailed readiness assessment for each level covers language, cognitive ability, emotional development, fine-motor skills, and gross motor skills and is followed by a set of skills in each area to develop during this level of the program.

Other than making sure you have read-alouds and supplies for the day, prep is practically nil. The four-days-a-week, weekly lesson plans provide a daily checklist with specific tasks in each of several areas such as calendar, alphabet/numbers, and motor skills. In levels B and C, Simply Classical Crafts is incorporated into the arts/crafts tasks. Opening and closing the learning period with prayer is not only encouraged but prompted with suggestions for prayers to learn. There are 34 weeks of plans plus eight weeks of review. 110 - 180 pgs, pb.

The Core Curriculum Packages include the Curriculum Manual (Lesson Plans) plus books/workbooks used throughout the year. The Read Aloud Packages include all the books used as read alouds for the year. The Supply Packages are a collection of school supplies that are needed to complete the program. ~ Janice




Category Description for Simply Classical Curriculum Level 1:

Theme is Sentences, Sums, & Stories. Approximate mental age for this level is 5-6. This level focuses on reading words and sentences; mastery of basic arithmetic facts and skills; learning Bible stories and memorizing verses; improving handwriting and oral language skills; developing appreciation for literature, music, and art; observing nature; and exploring history, geography and our world using a variety of tactile/sensory, recitation, and movement/kinesthetic activities.




Primary Subject
Phonics
Grade Start
K
Grade End
3
ISBN
9781338113495
Format
Binder
Brand Name
Scholastic Professional Book Divisn
Weight
1.2 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.0" x 7.06" x 0.75"
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