A Multi-Level Reading, Spelling, Grammar & Vocabulary Program for ages 8-Adult
Essentials is an affordable one-of-a-kind
language arts program.
With three levels in one, Essentials helps
teachers differentiate instruction and
facilitates teaching students with varying
levels of skill or prior knowledge.
What is Essentials?
- Spelling, vocabulary, and grammar curriculum for grades 3-8
- A reading intervention program for ages 8-adult
- Curriculum for struggling spellers ages 8-adult
The Struggling Reader Set combines Essentials, Rhythm of Handwriting, and the Essentials Reader to form a completely integrated language arts approach that strengthens reading and writing skills simultaneously.
- Integrated phonics, spelling, and grammar rules that reinforce each other
- 75 basic phonograms and 48 advanced phonograms that explain 98% of English words
- 31 spelling rules that build upon the phonograms
- Logical explanations for the spelling of thousands of words
- Spelling analysis at three levels of difficulty
- Grammar instruction that builds reading fluency and helps students write with confidence
- Morphology instruction that helps students discover the meaning of unknown words
- 10 optional pre-lessons to strengthen foundational skills
Complete Essentials in one year or
spread it across multiple years.
year(s) to take advantage of the more advanced
levels of application included in the Essentials lessons.
instruction for students at all spelling levels.
Skills for Reading and Writing
Teaching the Logic of English
This results in students guessing, learning sight words, memorizing spellings by rote, dismissing as "exceptions" all the words that do not fit the oversimplified rules they have been taught, or approximating and resigning themselves to guesses that are “close enough.” When most people encounter a word that seems to break the rules, they quickly dismiss the word as an exception. For example, why doesn’t the A say its long sound in have? And why does S sound like Z in is? This has led to schools assigning hundreds of words to be memorized by sight and students attempting to memorize a sequence of letter names in order to spell a word.
Teach the 75 Phonograms and 31 Spelling Rules that explain 98% of English Words! 2% of words include an exception. In most words, there is only one exception to the rules or phonograms. This means that the rest of the word is logically explainable and decodable.
Essentials is an integrated language arts curriculum where each of the language arts subjects reinforce and build upon the others!
Reading and Spelling Fluency
Phrase- and Sentence-Level Composition
Essentials uses evidence-based reading instruction that incorporates the Five Essential Skills of Reading.
you learn as you teach!
- Scripted Lessons
- Materials Lists
- Teaching Tips
- Challenge Activities
- Game Instructions
- Review Activities
of the Essentials curriculum, contain a
wealth of tips and resources to equip both
veteran and novice teachers to
teach Essentials effectively.
Scope and Sequence
Essentials Reader Scheduling
Optional Practice Ideas
meaningful practice, spelling analysis charts,
and more! This is not your typical language
- Phonogram Games
- Skills Practice
- Spelling Analysis Charts
- Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage Activities
- Editing Practice
- Guided Sentence-Level Writing
Discover the Rule
Spelling Analysis Pages
Grammar, Punctuation, & Usage Activities
Guided Sentence-Level Writing
Three Levels in One
Table of Contents
Sound to Spelling
Morpheme Flash Cards
Discover the power of morphology! Flash cards of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes taught in Essentials help students master these powerful tools for building vocabulary, strengthening comprehension, and improving spelling.
The Essentials Reader
Comprehension, composition, and
additional fluency practice.
Lessons 1 - 30
- 30 High-Interest, Phonics-Controlled Texts
- Comprehension Skills
- Additional Fluency
- Additional Vocabulary
The Essentials Reader texts are designed for older students struggling readers. As they gain decoding skills, the texts rapidly grow in complexity providing an engaging reading experience.
Extension & Cross-Curricular Activities
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