Multi-Level Reading, Spelling, Grammar & Vocabulary
A Comprehensive Curriculum Based on the Science of Reading
Whether you are an experienced teacher or a new homeschool parent, Essentials provides you with explicit, systematic instruction that incorporates the five strands of reading plus handwriting, spelling and grammar.
Teachers have the option to teach students of different skill levels at the same time.
A Multi-Sensory Approach Adaptable to a Wide Range of Learners
Each Essentials unit includes a wide variety of multimodality activities designed for students to develop mastery of core concepts. Over three hundred optional review activities are provided to differentiate instruction and meet the pacing needs of individual students.
Includes Three Instructional Levels
Essentials contains three levels to help teachers differentiate instruction based on students' needs and knowledge. Each unit includes core instruction about systematic phonics, advanced phonemic awareness, spelling rules and grammar. Students then apply the skills to their level of spelling and vocabulary.
Level A begins with one-syllable words such as map, dog, hat, fast and pink. Level B begins with one- and two-syllable words such as grand, drab, mitten, pumpkin and canyon. Level C includes instruction in Latin and Greek roots and begins with words such as contest, contract, abstract, consistent and insistent.
Which level should your student start with?Essentials Placement Test
Every Unit is Divided into Five Manageable Parts To Help with Pacing and Mastery
Essentials Units are divided into five parts. Instructors can teach one part per day or divide it over several days.
Part One: Essential Concepts
Part one focuses on phonemic awareness, systematic phonics and spelling rules. Students learn the essential concepts that will help them understand the relationship between letters and sounds.
Part Two: Building Words
In part two, students learn to apply the knowledge they acquired in part one and analyze how words are spelled.
Part Three: Words in Context
Part three focuses on grammar rules and teaches parts of speech. All words, phrases and sentences used are controlled by the phonograms that have been introduced.
Part Four: Words in Action
In part four, students expand their vocabulary by learning to add affixes and looking at morphemes within words.
Part Five: Check Your Understanding
Part five checks understanding so you know what skills your students are mastering and which skills need more review and practice.
Standards Taught in Essentials
Resources that Support Instruction and Engage Students!
By the end of Essentials, students will be confident readers, writers and spellers!