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Essentials Volume 2: Pre-release PDFs available August 1

Early access to Volume 2 lessons

Plus 50% off the printed books when they are ready!

We are moving into the final stretch of development with Volume 2 of Essentials! We expect to have the printed books available for purchase later this year.

However, in the meantime, we know some of you are eagerly waiting and ready to start. Starting August 1, we will be making pre-release lessons from Volume 2 available for purchase in PDF format.

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June 2017 Newsletter - Master Teacher Training, Whistling Whales and Knitting Knights

In this issue: Summer training in Michigan; Whistling Whales and Knitting Knights now available; updated Foundations sets.


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My favorite reasons to use Foundations

A teacher who uses Essentials wanted to introduce our Foundations curriculum to his colleagues in K-2. He asked us if we would share our favorite reasons to use Foundations. Here are mine!

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Should children be reading fluently by the end of Foundations B?

One day last fall, a customer wrote us with a great question about her son's progress in reading fluency:

I have a question concerning Foundations. I started Foundations A with my son last fall when he was 5 1/2. He enjoyed Foundations A and did fine with the work. We started Foundations B in January or February and did well at first but about halfway through he stopped enjoying it — I suspect because he was overwhelmed with the reading portion.

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February 2017 Newsletter - Sounding Out the Sight Words, Whistling Whales & Knitting Knights, update from Denise

In this issue: Sounding Out the Sight Words available in print, Whistling Whales and Knitting Knights, update from Denise.


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Sounding Out the Sight Words is now available in print!

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Ideas while waiting for Essentials Volume 2

Volume 2 of Essentials 2nd edition is still in development. (Stay updated on the progress here.)

If you have finished or will soon finish Volume 1 and are trying to decide what to do in the meantime, this blog post is for you!

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Sink and pink - how do you pronounce the i?

A customer wrote us with a question about the vowel sound in the word sink:

I am teaching Foundations Level A Lesson 33 to my son. The spelling list is tripping me up. I say "sink" with a long /ē/ but the list says "all first sounds." The same with "ink" and "link." What am I doing wrong? Is it my dialect?

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Free Spelling Analysis Tutorial

In Logic of English curriculum, the most important part of the lessons after learning the phonograms individually is learning to use them to spell and read words. The process we use to teach this is called Spelling Analysis, and it is so helpful that we’ve decided to make our new Spelling Analysis tutorial, from Essentials 2nd edition, available online for free as a downloadable PDF!

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December 2016 Newsletter - Buy one, give one book sharing special

In this issue: Buy one, give one book special, introducing Whistling Whales and Knitting Knights, new on the Blog


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