Our final book in our Ready to Read, grade 1 series is titled, "On the Savanna." It focuses on animals that you might find on the sunny African savanna. The Teacher's Guide has a daily reading, designed to be read 4 days a week, and last for 9 weeks. Students will be continuing to practice tally marks, telling time, counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, working with money, learning about science, culture, and social studies, ordinal numbers, making their own journal, as well as rich reading and Bible tie ins. Don't miss our very first chapter book (you have it in the student books in black and white, also available as a full watercolor add on) or our brand new math practice book with daily math practice sheets if your student needs more help! Phonics practice focuses much more on mastery and fluency and should give you all the tools you need to build a strong reader! After this, it's all about practice and they will be well on their way!
NEW: The student book has now been split up into book A and book B to make it more manageable for students to carry. It is still the same, just divided into two books for students. Each book contains the cut out for those weeks.
This purchase will provide you with the printed, hard copy of the Student Book for Ready to Read Book 4. It does not come with the mandatory Teacher's Guide which has the lessons as well as the cut outs. Please grab your teacher's guide here.
Theme: On the Savanna
Number of weeks included in each book: 9 weeks (36 weeks total with all 4 books)
Number of pages: About 100 pages in each of the two Student Books and 110 in the Teacher's Guide.
Books 1 and 2:
Students are focusing on three-letter words and more simple letter blends to make reading more fluent and focusing on speed and mastery. These are called CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) and would be appropriate for around kindergarten to Grade 1, depending on the child and their development. Book 2 will begin to bridge into the next level or reading.
Math begins to teach the concepts of place value, money, time, etc. This is designed to be a big picture conceptual introduction, book 3 and 4 will continue to develop these skills and understanding.
Students are focusing on four-six letter words and phonics rules such as: silent e, y word endings that make the I and E long sound, -ay says A long sound, etc. It also focuses on more than and less than, money, time, days of the week, place value, sequencing, and more! This would be appropriate for advanced Kindergarten or Grade 1, depending on the child's development and the goals of the family.
Students are focusing on four-letter words, compound words, and how vowels can combine to make diagraphs (new sounds). These are called CVVC words (consonant, vowel, vowel, consonant, such as bear) and would be appropriate for advanced Kindergarten or Grade 1, depending on the child's development and the goals of the family.
Check out our full printed expansion pack which includes posters, a clock, a calendar, the place value shapes, Spooner Bucks (our own made-up currency to teach the concept of money with a global mindset) and more all in full stunning color. Available print only here.
Check out our card stock practice pack. These are large flashcards with a focus on phonics, handwriting, and spelling. They use the same words that are taught in the student book to reinforce phonics rules that are taught. They have a place to trace it, write it, and read and use it in a sentence. We recommend hole punching the upper left and putting them on a ring. These are tons of fun, in full color, and available in print only here.
Watercolor Chapter Book
For the first time, we do not have mini books but rather a printed, bound, full watercolor chapter book! This beautiful book is ready to go as a special add on to your printed order. Available in print only, it will help students work on the words they are using in their student workbooks. Please note, these same books are already in your workbooks, they are just in black and white and not assembled. Available only in print here.
Math Practice Book
For the first time ever, we are trying an additional math practice book to go along with our final set in our Ready to Read series. This optional math practice book has one additional math practice page per day for students who need a bit more reinforcement of the concepts being taught. It is printed on single sided sheets of paper so they can easily be ripped out and assigned or added to whatever you are doing. Available in print here or digital here.
How to place my kids:
- If you point to any letter of the alphabet in any order, can your child name the letter without hesitation?
- If you repeat the same exercise, can they say the primary sound of each letter (at least 80% of the time without hesitation)?
- If you point to any number from 1-10 can your child name it and do they know what that represents?
- Can your child count from 1-20?
YES! If you answered yes to all of the questions above, then your child is ready for Burrows and Holes, the first book in our Ready to Read series!
NO: If you answered no to some of these, you'll want to start somewhere in our Letters and Numbers series.
This sounds too easy: If your child is already reading three letter words, we recommend waiting and starting with book 2 or 3 of Ready to Read, which will be more advanced reading and help transition from early reading to grade 1 level reading so they are ready for early reader in our full units.
What about our Pre-Reader in the units?
Our Pre-Reader has now become more of an activity pack to go along with the lessons. If you were doing a full unit, you would simply add those two pages along to your student notebook and do it together to tie the lessons into the unit you are learning about as a family! Easy!