Just a few schools teaching this program in first grade include: Trinity Christian School (Calgary, AB) Glenmore Christian Academy (Calgary, AB) Immanuel Christian School (Lethbridge, AB), Heritage Christian Academy (Calgary, AB) Saskatoon Christian School (Saskatoon, SK)) Bearspaw Christian School (Calgary, AB)
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Letter of Reference:
I have been using Smart Start in Language Arts for more than ten years in my grade one classroom, with superb results. JoAnne has developed a resource that provides structure, continuity and excellent learning strategies in all areas of the Language Arts program. In reading, the children quickly develop decoding and word attack skills,and comprehension strategies that give them success and a sense of being a reader. By the end of grade one the vast majority of my students are reading independently, with comprehension, beyond grade level expectations as indicated by school board achievement results, and common diagnostic assessment tools. The students’ spelling skills are integrated into their daily reading assignment using a guided approach. I have found the most difficult skill to teach to grade one students is
effective writing. I am always amazed at the writing growth my students display at the end of grade one, not only in their daily writing in the classroom, but on district level writing assessments. Using the many strategies in Smart Start, Sequence Stories, and Writing with Results, they grow from writing simple sentences to success in all genres and all subject areas. There is no greater reward for a grade one teacher, than to see students reading and writing successfully at the end of the year. G. Broks Edmonton, AB
Smart Start in Language Arts is a comprehensive reading/writing/spelling program for grades one and two. This 1300 page reproducible, all-inclusive program is bound in a D-ring binder. Each student lesson is supported by: co-ordinating phonics worksheets, word analysis exercises, sentence writing, spelling practice, printing, and punctuation / capitalization exercises. Repeated reading books are made by students using sentence strips to master sight words in the context of little stories. Lists of themed picture books build towards creative story writing. There are six story units. Each culminates in writing a story which uses three sequenced pictures. Teaching explanations for new material in the lessons are placed prior to a new concept being introduced in student work. Flip to the next day and you'll see what you are teaching and receive an explanation when necessary. Four reading assessments are provided for various stages of the year. Additonal support/review material is included behind the last tab of the binder in the Smart Start Companion. The only additional material required to complete this program is the classroom library.
Audio/Visual: There are 35 puppet shows on three DVD's to introduce 26 alphabet sounds and the phonemes ee, ow, ck, or, ur, th, ch, sh, wh, long vowel with silent e words, and long vowel with 2 vowels together. Printable phonics and sight word games, PDF version of the Smart Start in Language Arts binder for SMART Boards(non-printable), and thirteen I-SPY photos for alphabet sorting game are stored on a single CD.