Students who have completed First Start Reading Books A-D successfully are prepared to read Little Bear early in first grade as part of our StoryTime Treasures Set. But even Little Bear, which is a level 1 I Can Read Book, has many sight words and advanced phonograms that students either haven’t learned or hasn’t mastered. It is the nature of English that simple common words are often irregular or have advanced phonograms. This is what causes the transition from phonics to reading in English to be so difficult. These preparatory skills are not for mastery learning but rather exposure to the more advanced phonograms students are seeing in their literature. It takes much practice and phonetic support in first grade for the student to become a fluent reader. We strategically coordinate the start of StoryTime Treasures with Lesson 5 of Traditional Spelling. All phonetic support to aid in student success is included within the StoryTime Treasures Teacher Guide.
- StoryTime Treasures Student Guide
- StoryTime Treasures Teacher Guide
- Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
- Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
- Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Looking for pointers on how to teach the StoryTime Treasures Set? Check out our Teaching Guidelines video, where Michelle Tefertiller walks you through teaching First Grade Literature with Memoria Press.
“I love the literature that MP chooses and the StoryTime Treasures books have been the highlight of my daughter’s year.” – Blair
“Everything is effortlessly blended together. The teachers key provides you with all the answers to all the questions in the student book. I really love this literature based approach to first grade language arts.” – Heather
I LOVE Storytime Treasures. That’s just what it is too, a treasure. The literature selections are excellent, and I love the way the book helps to guide children into understanding more deeply. The addition of grammar components is pretty awesome too, for a grammar nerd like me anyway!