CarpenterLiteracy

The Books

 
 

 

The Teachers Manual is a must for instructors in a classroom or leading a small group.  It contains the scope and sequence, rationale, and directions for instructions and assessments in an attractive format that is very simple, organized and easy to understand.  It includes detailed instructions for organizing, preparing and implementing the complete Carpenter Literacy Reading Curriculum.

 

 










Short Vowel Stories - Level A

 

Start your child reading with Short Vowel Stories: Level A. This book contains lessons of 17 short vowel stories. Each story introduces some high-frequency words and one word family for early or struggling readers to learn and practice. The high-frequency words and word families are repeated in a simple, solid, systematic, repetitive method as the child reads through all the stories in the book. Children practice reading repeated high-frequency words and phonetic stories. 

 
  
 
 



 

 



 
Long Vowel Stories - Level B


 
Level B is a followup to Level A. This book contains lessons of 18 long vowel stories. Each story introduces some high-frequency words and one word family for early or struggling readers to learn and practice. The high-frequency words and word families are repeated in a simple, solid, systematic, repetitive method as the child reads through all the stories in the book. Children practice reading repeated high-frequency words and reading phonetic stories.



 
  
 
 



 

 
Level C is a followup to level B. This book contains lessons of 18 consonant digraphs, diphthongs, r-controlled vowels, silent consonants and irregular word patterns. Each story lesson introduces some high-frequency words and one word family for early or struggling readers to learn and practice. The high-frequency words and word families are repeated in a simple, systematic, solid, repetitive method as the child reads through all the stories in the book. Children practice reading repeated high-frequency words and reading phonetic stories.
 
 


 
 

 
The Sight Word Blocks - Series I teaches high-frequency words. This book contains 69 common high-frequency words within a sentence context. Each week, early or struggling readers daily form and read the new lesson sentence to help them learn the high-frequency words in context. This method is both fun and easy for children and helps teach the words by reading them in the context of a sentence.
 
 

 
  
  

 
The Sight Word Blocks - Series II follows Series I. This book contains 72 common high-frequency words within a sentence context. Each week, early or struggling readers daily form and read the new lesson sentence to help them learn the high-frequency words in context. This method is both fun and easy for children and helps them to learn the words in context. This method is fun and easy for children and helps teach the words by reading them in the context of a sentence.

  
 


 

 
The Sound Cards Booklet contains the basic word families on flashcards that correspond to the word family taught in each story. Sounds include short and long vowel word families, digraphs, diphthongs, r-controlled vowels, etc. 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Syllabication is a book of common endings, suffixes, prefixes for students to practice reading and dividing into syllables. Each page introduces a list of 10 words with the same pattern for students to read, practice and divide into syllables. Children get the opportunity to read more difficult words before they encounter them in a text to avoid interfering with fluency and comprehension of the story they are reading.
 
 
 
 



 
 

 
The Sound Song CD is a highly effective a cappella tune to help very young or struggling readers learn the alphabetic sounds.  This teaching tool has a catchy tune that helps children retain and recall the knowledge of the different consonant and vowel sounds that they need to know to begin blending three-letter words.  This song has been a successful tool in teaching 3 yr. old children the different sounds of the alphabet.  It is also an excellent tool for children on IEP's, in an ESL program, homeschoolers or in preschool or kindergarten.  It is the first step for building successful readers and should be used to help beginning readers start their journey.




 
 


The Blending Book is an excellent tool to help young or struggling readers learn the skill of blending three-letter words after they know the alphabetic sounds.  It contains 15 phrases of three-letter words in large type with hyphens dividing each letter for easy teaching and practice of blending phonemes.  The first three pages contain only one word of the phrase and the last pages contain all the words in a regular text.  The phrases are easy to understand and fun to practice blending phonemes.  It was written for 4 yr. old boys in preschool and built them into successful spellers and readers in 2 months.  
 
 
 




Bingo Boards


Bingo Boards is a tool for introducing, practicing and retaining the alphabetic letters and sounds as well as 159 high-frequency words.  Beginning readers need opportunities to see and practice letters of the alphabet or high-frequency words many times to retain the information.  While teaching Title I reading in kindergarten, I designed Bingo Boards to be an explicit, systematic, repetitive approach to teaching young or struggling readers the different alphabetic phonemes or high-frequency words.  It comes with 6 blank Bingo Boards and 5 copies of each letter of the alphabet or high-frequency word.  Because of the different design and repetitive approach, this game is quite successful in helping readers learn and memorize basic reading information.  The order of the high-frequency words corresponds to their introduction in the first three leveled books of the Carpenter Literacy reading curriculum.  



 












Vocabulary Development & Spelling Book 
  

The Spelling and Vocabulary Development Book contains the word family lists and high-frequency words of each current story lesson for each week.  It contains all the word lists from the entire Carpenter Literacy leveled books (A,B,C) curriculum.  These lists keep the reading program focused and organized on exactly what word family and high-frequency words the students are being asked to learn and spell each week.  Children spell words that contain the current word-family that is being studied for the week.  Children also practice and memorize a few high-frequency words introduced in the story lessons.   The students are asked to write these high-frequency words from dictation as the teacher writes them on the board and reads them.   Also, the book contains high-frequency word assessments to be given with the spelling tests to indicate how well the students are learning high-frequency words.  This assessment consists of seven previously taught high-frequency words to be filled into the blanks of seven sentences.  It is an independent activity of great review and suitable for a grade.

 

 
  
 
 




Teaching Pages (Comprehension Book)

 

Teaching Pages is the comprehension book of the Carpenter Literacy Reading Curriculum.  This book meets the need for developing an excellent, working knowledge of the comprehension terms and their application in text.  The book contains flashcards of the different comprehension terms (e.g. plot, theme, compare).  The book is divided into two sections for learning and applying these terms in paragraphs and stories.  The first section is easy to read with simpler words for use after Book B and a harder section for use after Book C.  The format of each section consists of three pages for each of the terms in simple, interesting, practice paragraphs to allow the readers systematic, repetitive practice.  After the practice sections, the book offers several delightful fictional and nonfictional stories with simple test-format to allow more practice and application of all those comprehension terms that have been learned.  It is truly an amazing book in its format and one that both students and teachers will enjoy using to improve comprehension.  It replaces those boring, tedious, difficult comprehension books that many of us know so well.



 

 

 

 

 

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