Have loads of fun with 26 thematic word lists! Use sound groups (word families, etc.) and fun, simple activities to expand the vocabulary you can read! Learn to “read by reading” with the sweet-as-ever “Peppermint Stick” style!
Students learn words in theme-based lessons to make a scrapbook (or wall display) and set of related activity pages. In addition to the “Introductory Week”, there are twenty-four science or social studies/home-based topics (e.g. fruit, winter, kindness, bedtime) plus two holiday themes (Christmas and Easter) for a total of 27 weeks. Students should already have the ability to read simple sentences, know most or all of their sound alphabet (e.g. the sound of “b” says “b”), and approximately 30 or so common sight words. While all four methods of literacy are taught, Step 2 focuses on finding little words within big words, word families, and using context cues. Weekly themes have the flexibility of being rearranged as desired and various scheduling suggestions are provided (e.g. 2x/week, 4x/week – see our blog announcement here for a free printable).
This curriculum is literature-independent which means YOU get to choose the reading material your child will practice with. (If you want some guidance with this, we do currently have a literature bundle which can be purchased in addition to the curriculum at this link here but it is fully optional. Instructions for which title coordinates with which weekly theme is provided inside the Step 2 package in a separate file.)
This curriculum is a full-year literacy curriculum to teach the skills of how to read well. It is designed both for young learners (e.g. senior kindergarten, ages 4-7 years old) as well as for older students who have not gained confident or fluent reading skills yet. Years ago, a small portion of this book was part of our original Let Me Read Beginner Reading Program which our handful of customers at that time thoroughly appreciated! Now it has been updated and expanded into its own publication. Try it – we think your children (and you) will really love it too! ♥
This is very easy to teach from – simply download the pdf files and put into a binder. The curriculum is divided into Sections A to F and comes with straightforward instructions. There are 247 pages in total (including cover) and many of the pages are reusable (i.e. less printing needed for future years of use with younger siblings).
The Let Me Read series of literacy e-books is based largely on my mom’s methods which were not only very successful but also very fun for classrooms (hundreds of children), homeschoolers, and tutored children during the 1950’s-1990’s. It includes coordinating song suggestions, listening/verbal “games”, hands-on parts of lessons, and very little written work… because the idea is really to teach reading by actually reading (rather than mainly writing)! 🙂
As part of introducing this new curriculum to you, we are offering it in two ways – one as the full e-book and the other as a bit of “a la carte” so that you can learn more about the methodologies and/or try it out for a few weeks first. If you are interested in the “a la carte”, please click here.
As promised within the Let Me Read: Step 2 curriculum, here is the link to large print words to optional songs. Please note that rather than list them according to the theme chart, we’ve put them in alphabetical order so you can find each one easily.