Notes: The grades represented on this page are generally, “grades 4-8”. The grade 4 (Up and Away) is appropriate for grade 4 or even up to grade 6/7 interest-level and the grade 8 could be used as English curriculum in grade 8 or even grade 10. This is my opinion due to observing the level of vocabulary and detail in comprehension in comparison to other elementary reading comprehension programs. Knowing what kinds of materials a number of students have used during their primary/junior levels, I don’t want anyone to be overwhelmed at a grade 6 workbook that looks as in-depth with concepts as this series unless the parent feels their student is truly ready for that kind of level. These are based on traditional readers used in one-room schoolhouses back in the mid-1900’s when my parents were teaching and when expectations for analysis were held very high. On the other hand, if the readers are just used as reading material (not analytical exercises in a workbook), then I’d recommended using Up and Away for grade 4, Wide Open Windows for grade 5, and so on. It’s the workbooks themselves which I feel are written “above-typical-levels”.
Reading to understand remains the focused skill of these lessons but this curriculum is NOT project or activity-based. On the other hand, it doesn’t integrate a lot of written work either – I don’t recall any writing assignments which include essays/paragraphs/reports. A student might have one or two pages per lesson to write a short answer or single word response to questions or similar.
Answers are provided in the Teacher’s Editions. For this curriculum, I highly recommend the purchase of Teacher’s Editions as I feel they are definitely useful and time-saving, even if you aren’t marking everything in the workbook. There is one Teacher Edition per workbook title. There are two kinds of student workbooks per grade. That means there are two Teacher’s Editions per grade.
If you want both the spelling workbook and the reading comprehension workbooks, you would want one copy of each per student. These are not reproducible. Instead they are consumables.
So for one student plus one teacher for one grade level, you would want to order a total of 4 books plus of course, the reader.
If you were using the full program for two students learning at the same level, you would order a total of 6 books (4 student workbooks + 2 Teacher’s Editions) plus, the reader and perhaps you may want two copies of the same reader so that each student can use one to work with and read from at the same time.
This is an economical series which I feel I can recommend for the junior/senior levels for spelling and reading comprehension if you are looking for a good and solid traditional-styled program, and yes, it IS Canadian-based for its content.