Reading and Spelling Pure & Simple: Phonics-Based
A series of 90 phonics lessons that systematically instructs through the skills needed for beginning, then emerging, then accomplished reading with an emphasis on sound patterns, comprehension, and spelling. A no-nonsense presentation without distracting graphics means these lessons will work as well with remedial and ELL/ESL students as they will with young students. This non-consumable manual provides ready-to-go lessons (detailed instructional sequences on left-hand pages with reading material for the student on the right-hand pages). Designed for one-on-one instruction, it can be used by itself or coupled with grade level workbooks for review and practice activities. Students can move at their own pace through four units; reading words from the first lesson. Unit 1 Short-Vowel Words; Unit 2 Long-Vowel Words and ||; Unit 3 More Vowel and Consonant Variations; and Unit 4 Putting it All Together. Includes a system for documenting student achievement. 275 pgs, spiral-bound.
Originally targeting students 3rd grade and up and used as an intervention program with ADD/ADHD, dyslexic, autistic and ELL/ESL students, this program is equally effective with young, beginning students. Lessons use a consistent four-step process: read, discuss word meanings, spell, and mark the chart. Each new concept and new pattern are introduced, learned, practiced, and reviewed. Additional support and information included as an appendix: ideas for the classroom, basic terms, index of letters/sounds, pronunciation guide, an index that shows when particular words are introduced, and reproducible completion charts and records.
There are consumable workbooks available separately. There are four exercises for each lesson: Read. Discuss, Spell (Ex 1); Rhyme These Words (Ex 2); Word Study (Ex 3); ABC Order (Ex 4); and Guide Words in the Dictionary (Ex 5). There is some overlap in lesson coverage between the workbooks with lessons covered at different grade levels having similar, but age-appropriate activities (font size and line size differs as well as number of examples).
Reading and Spelling Pure & Simple is a thoughtfully designed, well-crafted reading program that takes students from being struggling readers to being confident, full-fledged readers in 90 lessons. The lessons teach the letter and sound patterns of the English language; students learn to associate alphabet letters and letter combinations with their assigned sounds. Concepts are explained in terms of "patterns" rather than "rules"a far less intimidating approach for most students. Spelling and word comprehension are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
This text provides for small group (centers and reading groups), and one-on-one instruction. Teachers using this curriculum have been pleased by the dramatic improvement their students have shown when tested by reading programs such as Fountas and Pinnell, Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), and computer programs including iStation and Read 180.
Special education students (those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or sensory processing issues) have benefited immeasurably from using our curriculum, as have children on the autism spectrum, ESL, and ELL students whose first language is Spanish, Burmese, Vietnamese, or another foreign language. The textbook has been very successfully used in Tier 2 (Response to Intervention) programs. Classroom teachers are delighted when they realize that accomplished students enjoy and benefit from the lessons as much as those who struggle.