Common Sense Reading: Red 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 Red Book continues the program with more advanced story readers, a Teacher's Manual, 380-page Student Activity Book, flashcards, reading progress chart, activities, and more.
1 Teachers Book
1 consumable Student Book
6 readers (listed below)
-In, Out and About Catfish Pond
-Up, Down and Around the Rain Tree
-All Around the Farm
Not included, but available at your library:
Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
Bravest Dog Ever by Natalie Standiford
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Little Island by Golden MacDonald
Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Abraham Lincoln by d'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin
Yonder by Tony Johnson
These read-aloud books are necessary to complete The Red Book program.
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Learning Language Arts through Literature Red Book is a comprehensive language arts curriculum which teaches phonics, spelling, reading, grammar, composition, research and study skills, and higher order thinking skills, creative expression/games, and penmanship. The author has chosen "real books" which are the back bone for the curriculum's lessons. "Real Book" selections include: "A Tree is Nice," "Little Bear," "The Fire Cat," "Bravest Dog Ever," "Ox-Cart Ma," "Corduroy," "The Little Island," "Billy and Blaze," "Harry the Dirty Dog," and "Abraham Lincoln." Literature passages from "real books" are utilized for copy work and dictation. Learning Language Arts through Literature incorporates word wheels, flip books, cut and paste activities and games into the daily lesson plans. The Red Book contains six readers, "In, Out and About Catfish Pond," Up, Down and Around the Rain Tree," "Forest Fables," "Underwater Friends," "All Around the Farm," and Famous People," illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jack Stockman. The student workbook is consumable.
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As a homeschooler, I have perused several language arts curriculums. I cannot praise this curriculum enough! Learning Language Arts Through Literature receives an A+ from this homeschooling parent!