Learning to Read
A FIRST-GRADE PHONICS-BASED CURRICULUM FROM CHRISTIAN LIGHT
Helping a child learn to read is a highlight of teaching. The ability to read well unlocks an entire universe of learning that children will explore for the rest of their lives.
Christian Light’s Learning to Read course makes it easy for you to guide your student into the world of reading. Not only will you be able to help them succeed with their first-grade work, but you will also lay a solid foundation for their lifelong learning.
Easy to teach.
After completing the Learning to Read workbooks, our daughter has become a successful reader, and her attitude about reading has improved immensely. –Wisconsin
Christian Light Learning to Read curriculum introduces and reviews the following:
Long and short vowels
Consonant digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh)
Most two-letter vowel sounds
Many sight words
Learning to Read integrates handwriting, spelling, and listening skills to create a complete language program for beginners.
Each sound is introduced with a picture card followed by a story. For example, for the T sound, the story of children discovering a turtle with a house captures a student’s attention.
The story ends with a fun singsong rhyme to connect the sound with the letter. The student repeats the T sound four times and then says, “Turtle Tim takes his house on top of him.”
Other subjects in first grade—particularly Language Arts—are coordinated with Learning to Read for a seamless learning experience.
Ten LightUnit workbooks provide student exercises. The LightUnits are numbered 101 through 110, and they are completed one at a time in consecutive order. Students take a test at the end of each LightUnit.
Students begin Christian Light Language Arts Grade 1 while they are working through LightUnit 105 in Learning to Read. Language Arts Grade 1 and Grade 2 complete the phonics instruction begun in Learning to Read.
These four delightful paperback readers motivate children with the thrill of reading, starting with the first primer in LightUnit 102. The reading level of the stories advances to match the student’s progress in the LightUnits. All the stories are illustrated with pencil artwork.
Does phonics seem intimidating? There’s no need to worry. The two teacher’s guides (one for the first half and one for the second half of the course) provide answers as well as step-by-step instructions for each lesson. They are required for teaching the course.
The teacher’s guides also include the following:
Summary of sounds, markings, and phonics rules
Games for reinforcement
Daily and yearly schedules for planning the course
Student pages with answers filled in