Kindergarten SE Phonics and Reading Curriculum
The Kindergarten Phonics and Reading Curriculum includes:
- Teacher’s Manuals (Part 1) and (Part 2)
- Workbooks 1 and 2
- First Step Readers
- McRuffy Kindergarten Readers
- Resource Pack
- Free Online games in the McRuffy Playground
Individual parts can also be purchased separately (click and scroll down)
The Kindergarten Phonics and Reading Curriculum strongly emphasizes phonics and early reading skills. Students read early with an approach that incorporates phonics concepts throughout the reading books, spelling, language concepts, and even the optional handwriting books.
Students will read and write short vowel words that follow the Consonant-Vowel-Consonant pattern, long vowel words with silent e, vowel digraphs oa and ay, sh digraph, consonant blends gr, st, and mp. A few sight words, such as number and color words. These are taught using phonics skills to highlight any known sounds in words, compared to a phonetic spelling of the word, or showing contrast in known phonics concepts.
Handwriting books are sold separately.
The Teacher’s Manuals include daily lesson plans and reference material, making them ideal for homeschool programs and classroom phonics. The Teacher’s Manuals lighten the load for lesson prep. Lesson objectives are clearly stated at the beginning of the lesson, so you know what is being taught at a glance. The Preparation section lists materials used in the lesson. In most lessons, no materials preparation is needed. The teaching section provides easy-to-follow teaching content with light scripting. A workbook answer section is also included in the back of the manuals.
Teacher’s Manual Part 1 covers lessons 1 to 90.
Teacher’s Manual Part 2 covers lessons 91 to 175.
Kindergarten SE Phonics and Reading Workbook 1 is a gentle introduction to phonics instruction. Uncluttered pages help the teacher direct the student to the essential elements. Activities focus on phonics instruction, beginning with letter sounds and progressing to using phonics to read words and sentences. Weekly assessments monitor and record progress. Colorful yet simple illustrations capture the child’s attention without distracting them from the learning task.
Most words follow the short vowel consonant-vowel-consonant pattern (C-V-C).
The back cover of the workbook features the Pup and Cat Game. Game directions are inside the workbook, Teacher’s Manual 1, and the Resource Center on this website.
Workbook 1 covers lessons 1 to 90.
With the Kindergarten SE Phonics and Reading Workbook Part 2, students are on a roll in learning phonics skills. The learner-friendly design elements of Workbook 1 grow with students to become more complex in Workbook 2. Most short vowels have been learned by the time students reach this workbook. Students discover a new use for vowels as long sounds are introduced. No longer simply decoding, students demonstrate comprehension skills as they read and answer questions about stories in the reading book set.
Students learn the long vowel consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e pattern for long a, e, i, and u. In addition, the ee pattern for long e words is taught, along with long o spelled with oa and ay for long a.
Workbook 2 covers lessons 91 to 175.
The back cover of the workbook features the Mule and Sheep Game. Game directions are inside the workbook, Teacher’s Manual 2, and the Resource Center on this website.
Ten First Step Readers are four-page books that give the child an easy and early reading experience. Short and simple stories allow the students to read a book after just a few weeks of phonics instruction. Your children become confident storytellers as they share their reading adventure with anyone with a few minutes to listen!
Each book features a word list on the back that helps students practice words before reading.
The humorous stories in the McRuffy Kindergarten Reading Book Set reinforce the weekly kindergarten phonics concepts. Children will read about cats, dogs, ducks, and even a yak named Fuzz. In addition, they’ll learn helpful life lessons, such as why apes shouldn’t steal cakes and why cats shouldn’t have access to ray guns!
The McRuffy Kindergarten Reading Book Set contains books that range from 8 to 15 pages. The Teacher’s Manual uses more developed stories to build comprehension skills. All books are printed in color with cardstock covers.
Each book features a word list on the back. Activities in the Teacher’s Manual are developed from the list.
Kindergarten Reading Book Sample
The Kindergarten SE Resource Pack contains the following:
- Over 360 flashcards
- Copy Masters
- Cardstock Slider Word Drills
- Game Boards
- Puppet Cut-Outs
- Coloring Sheet Copy Masters
- Ruff’s Pre-Writing Sheets
Puppet cut-outs feature characters from the stories that can be colored and made into stick puppets for creative story-telling. This activity reinforces kindergarten phonics by making lessons more fun and hands-on. A coloring sheet copy master for each story is included.
The Resource Pack includes a game pack. Game titles are Wiggle Worm, Reading Baseball, Ruff’s Lunch, The Fish Pond, and Go Bananas! These feature game boards and cardstock game cards.