The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit 1 contains everything you need to teach a child to read. This Kit begins at zero and finishes at first-grade level. Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit 1 explicitly teaches Kindergarten and 1st grade reading skills. This approach is especially effective at closing gaps in understanding for children who have missed out on basic skills and are not progressing as they could be. Beginning readers, struggling readers, and older non-readers will thrive with a right-brain, multisensory approach to teaching reading.
Both students and teachers say, "This is easy for me!" because we include many right-brained helps for teaching concepts that children often struggle to remember. We include tactile and kinesthetic elements in every lesson, utilize stories to explain concepts, and provide hooks for remembering.
Easy-for-Me™ Reading teaches six essential components of reading in a way that makes sense.
Because words are made of sounds instead of letter names, that is how we teach reading. Children learn their sounds and then have a chance for extensive auditory practice in every lesson.
Explicit, in-depth phonics instruction taught visually and kinesthetically forms the backbone of Easy-for-Me™ Reading. Instead of teaching letter sequences, the program focuses on sound spellings so that every letter in a word is accounted for and children learn the building blocks of words.
Learning vocabulary is key. Starting in Lesson 1, children learn not only their first sound but also their first sight word. They go on to learn 118 high-frequency words along with many words that are related by sound spelling.
From the very beginning of the curriculum, fluency is a critical goal. Children are taught to scan the text looking for sound spelling patterns they have learned, but they also are learning many words on sight, as well as phrasing and expression.
Among the many resources provided for the teacher, comprehension activities abound. Included are activities for word/picture match, initial sound/picture match, sentence/picture match, story sequencing activities, etc. Children practice visualizing in every lesson to help strengthen visual memory.
We consider writing to be an essential reading skill because it is the other side of the coin from reading. What goes into the mind needs to come out through the hand in the form of writing. What the child learns is reinforced and deepened in this way, and the learning cycle is complete.
Teaching Manual Lessons
The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual contains 77 self-paced lessons that are laid out in detail so you know exactly what to do without being a specialist in education. Lessons take 20-30 minutes but are designed to allow children to go at their own speed. Easy-for-Me™ Lessons include:
- Activities for centers
- Cross-curricular activities and information
- Comprehension activities
- Reading follow-up
- Picture cards for each letter of the alphabet
- Story sequencing
- And so much more
Included in the kit are 118 SnapWords® sight word cards. They include a word in the form of a stylized image as well as a sentence and body motion. Kids need instruction in both sight word recognition and explicit phonics skills. We start on day one teaching both so that by Lesson 20, the child can read their first book!
Easy-for-Me™ Children's Readers Set A
The Easy-For-Me™ Teaching Kit 1 comes with 22 books in Easy-for-Me™ Children's Readers Set A! The teaching manual will instruct you when to introduce each book so that the child will be prepared before they are asked to read a story.
There are two very powerful alphabet tools in the kit. First is Alphabet Tales which contains stories and images perfect for captivating and teaching children. Alphabet Tales is filled with colorful illustrations, exciting and easy-to-understand language, and best of all the stories and their illustrations will make your child learn and remember the letters and their sounds. Hand motions and writing tips are included, as well as tactile activities that reach kinesthetic, tactile, and visual learners.
Alphabet Teaching Cards
The second tool is Alphabet Teaching Cards. Use Alphabet Teaching Cards for close-up instruction with one or a group of children as you learn the letter shapes and sounds together. Images are instantly snapped in children's memories, tying letter and sound together, thus avoiding future problems connecting the two.
Mini-lessons are printed on the back of each card, making it a cinch for the teacher to present new letters and sounds, teach tips for letter formation, know in which order to teach the writing of the letters, and much more. No lesson planning is needed!
Easy-for-Me™ focuses on skills acquisition. It is intentionally designed to close common gaps in learning to read. Rather than expecting any child to intuit or guess, every skill is taught specifically.
Pick up your Easy-For-Me™ Teaching Kit 1 today and allow your student to say, “This is easy for me!” Contact us today with any questions; we are here to help!