Common Sense Reading: Blue Book Kit
This very good learn-to-read program includes professional graphics and slick learning activities: word wheels, stick puppets, flip books, letter dice, worksheets, and more. The Teacher’s Manuals are great for both beginning and veteran teachers as all lesson plans are laid out clearly with materials needed listed, questions you are to ask scripted, teacher dialogue and student answers included, and activities described in detail. No preparation is needed—you just read the Teacher’s Manual step-by-step as you teach. Skills assessments (tests) help you know what your student needs to work on. This program contains everything you need to teach reading, spelling, grammar, an easy form of italic handwriting, phonics, higher-order thinking skills, and creative writing.
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The Blue Book (Beginning Kit ) is where you start. The kit says “First Grade,” but you can happily teach your child to read using this program whenever he is ready, which is usually about 4 to 5 years old. Contains an easy-to-use Teacher's Manual, 28 illustrated story readers, flashcards, 225-page Student Activity Book, and lots of fun props.
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I can not praise this curriculum enough!
It utilizes choice selections from children's literature to teach language arts in a gentle, fun, engaging matter.
The teacher's manual is a dream come true. It is so well orgainized you can literally pick up the manual and begin teaching.
I give this curriculum an A+!