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Teaching the Next Generation the Proper Use of the English Language

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English in first grade is more or less an extension of reading and phonics. Phonics helps pupils to read; English helps them to write what they or others will read. In teaching pupils to express themselves in writing, English uses the concepts taught in phonics while adding some of its own.

The Grade One language arts curriculum has two distinct sections:
Beginning to Read, which is a basic introduction to phonics and development of the skills necessary for learning to read
Early Reading books by Pathway and a grammar/writing skills workbook by School Aid, entitled "Climbing to Good English."


BEGINNING TO READ

The Beginning to Read materials could be used by a kindergarten child (5-year-old) and take most or all of a year to complete. A six or seven-year-old would probably not take a full year to complete this first series. Follow with the Early Reading books as described below.

The Beginning to Read utilizes four student workbooks and two corresponding instruction/answer keys, along with a unique book entitled Let's Read Pictures.

Pathway Beginning to Read Workbooks

  • specially designed for pre-readers
  • contain pictures of familiar objects
  • designed to train children to work independently

Pathway Teacher's Manuals

  • You should not attempt to teach the lessons in the workbooks without the aid of the teacher's manual as some of the student workbook pages will not make any sense without having some valuable information contained in the guide.
  • has ideas for games, activities, and extra work
  • detailed instructions, plus ideas for extra seat work
  • shows copies of the textbook and workbook pages

Beginning to Read/Preschool
Language Arts Kit

Kit Contains:
• Learning Through Sounds Workbook 1
• Learning Through Sounds Workbook 2
• Learning Through Sounds Teacher Manual
• Helping Yourselves Workbook
• Before We Read Workbook
• Before We Read / First Steps Teacher
• Let's Read Pictures

Purchase items individually or as a complete kit. See descriptions of each individual item below.



Click here to view Learning Through Sounds sample pages
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Learning Through Sounds I & II Teacher's Manual
• 117 pages
Learning Through Sounds Workbook #1
• Instruction on basic phonics sounds
• 80 pages
Learning Through Sounds Workbook #2
• Instruction on consonant blends, long vowels, consonant and vowel digraphs, and some dipthongs
• 88 pages


Click here to view Before We Read and Helping Yourself sample pages.
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Before We Read/First Steps Teacher
• 96 pages
Before We Read Workbook
• no instructions in the workbook
• an average preschooler can do the initial lessons
Helping Yourself Workbook
• 88 pages
• designed to be used along with the phonics book, Learning Through Sounds 1
• The first twelve pages are primarily pencil and cut-paste lessons
• there are two pages for each letter of the alphabet
• almost every other page is a cut-and-paste exercise
• no teacher's manual available
Let's Read Pictures
• develop vocabulary, sequencing and thinking skills, left-to-right progression, visual and auditory discrimination, classification and organization skills, and sentence forming
• large pages with water-colour style illustrations
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Early Reading - Grade 1 Kit

The Early Reading utilizes three hard bound readers, three student workbooks, and two parent/teacher guides by Pathway, one student Climbing to Good English workbook, and a vowel sounds chart.

The contents are broken into two components:
1. Grammar and Writing Skills
2. Phonics, Reading, and Reading Comprehension

These components are designed to work together but can be used effectively on their own.

Grade 1 / 1st Grade Language Arts Kit

Kit Contains:
• Pathway First Steps Reader
• Pathway First Steps Workbook
• Pathway Before We Read / First Steps Teacher
• Pathway Days Go By Reader
• Pathway Days Go By Workbook
• Pathway Days Go By Teacher
• Pathway More Days Go By Reader
• Pathway More Days Go By Workbook
• Pathway More Days Go By Teacher
• Climbing to Good English Level 1 Workbook
• Vowel Sounds Chart

Purchase items individually or as a complete kit. See descriptions of each individual item below.




Grammar and Writing Skills

Climbing To Good English Workbook

By: SchoolAid
Climbing to Good English by SchoolAid is designed to travel hand in hand with Learning through Sounds, but, with some teacher planning, it can be used quite well with other reading and phonics programs. One page is provided for each day of school, starting the fourth or fifth week of the school term. Instructions for working each page are right on the pupil's page. There is no special teacher's edition.


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Language Skills Taught

• Phonics skills reinforced
• Penmanship improvement practised
• Alphabetical order taught
• Writing original sentences and paragraphs
• Capitals for names, sentences, and titles practised
• Periods and question marks at ends of sentences taught
• Comprehension emphasized in numerous different activities
• Working with rhyming words, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, compound words, and contractions
• Working with plurals, suffixes, syllables
• Teaching concepts of verbs, nouns, phrases, and sentence order
Climbing To Good English Workbook 1
• One page is provided for each day of school
• Instructions are right on the pupil's page
• No special teacher's edition

Vowel Sounds Chart
A sturdy laminated reference chart for the wall or ring binder with examples of 24 vowel and "th" sounds and pronunciation symbols. This chart is very helpful with any language arts curriculum and especially when using Climbing to Good English and Pathway workbooks for Levels 1, 2, and 3.

Phonics, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary Development

Pathway Grade 1 Readers


Reader Workbooks


Click here to view First Steps Reader, Workbook, and Teacher sample pages.
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First Steps Preprimer
• 140 pages
• Some stories start with a teacher-read section to grab the student's interest and continue with first grade level reading ability
First Steps Workbook
• 40 pages
Before We Read/First Steps Teacher
• 96 pages


Click here to view Days Go By Reader, Workbook, and Teacher sample pages.
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Days Go By Reader
• 158 pages, 23 stories
Days Go By Workbook
• 80 pages


Click here to view More Days Go By Reader, Workbook, and Teacher sample pages.
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More Days Go By Reader
• 170 pages, 25 stories
More Days Go By Workbook
• 88 pages
Days Go By / More Days Go By Teacher
• 64 pages