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Scheduling Ideas for Summer Reading Camps and Short-Term Interventions

Fast-paced schedules for Essentials, designed for those who have a narrow window of opportunity to introduce students to as many of the tools for reading as possible.

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Schedules for Intensive Spelling Remediation with Essentials

An older struggling speller who is already reading fluently may either follow the days as outlined in the Teacher's Guide to complete one lesson per week or use one of the following schedules to move more quickly through Essentials in order to improve in spelling as rapidly as possible:

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Schedules for Intensive Reading Remediation with Essentials and the Essentials Reader

Suggested schedules for eight, twelve, or twenty-week reading interventions for older struggling readers.

Why do an intensive course?

When a student is struggling with reading to the point that it interferes significantly with other areas of school or life, it may be worthwhile to set other things aside for a limited time and spend several hours a day with Essentials, then gradually re-introduce other work as the student gains confidence and skill in reading.

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June 2016 Newsletter - Essentials Reader and more

In this issue: The Essentials Reader, new LOE training videos, customer reviews, scratch & dent books


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Tips for Dictation

We recently received an email with some great questions about Dictation. Dictation exercises are used in Essentials and in levels C and D of Foundations.

Good Morning,

I have a just-turned-8 year old on Lesson 109 in Level C of Foundations. I absolutely adore this program and I tell everyone I know about it if asked.

Somewhere along the way, I missed how to transition her from copywork to dictation. Can you please tell me the method or the conversation/ instructions I am supposed to give her for dictation? Is she supposed to know how to spell all of the words without my help? How many times do I say the sentence aloud? Do I go word by word? Do I allow her to see the sentence? I am at a loss as far as how to approach dictation.

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Feb 2016 Newsletter - trainings, workshops, special offer

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Connecting uppercase cursive letters


How do I know which uppercase letters to connect?

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December 2015 Newsletter - Essentials 2nd Edition and Florida Training

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Coming soon: Essentials 2nd Edition!


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The purpose of Foundations spelling lists

Each lesson in LOE Foundations includes a spelling list. The process of teaching students how to read and spell words is the heart of Foundations lessons, the place where all the skills they are learning come together.

However, sometimes students struggle with this portion of the lessons when their parent or teacher misinterprets the goal. Traditional spelling lists, which many of us are more used to, present words to be copied and memorized. Foundations spelling lists have an entirely different purpose: developing reading fluency through a process called spelling analysis.

Read on, and discover with us how—and why—to teach spelling analysis in Foundations.

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