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Reading Foundation Parent Guide
Volume 1

Reading Foundation Parent Guide literally brings letters to life, which means that your child will enjoy the conversations between uppercase and lowercase letters. Reading Foundation makes learning fun. The first step on the journey to becoming a proficient reader is being phonetically aware. Doing so entails an awareness of sound and phonemes. Children are required to sound letters, but this is without understanding the importance of the tongue and lips in the process. Reading Foundation Parent Guide includes a lip formation chart which demonstrates how children should form their lips when making sounds. Parents will appreciate this guidance as they seek to build or improve phonetic awareness.

Reading Foundation Workbook
Volume 1

Reading Foundation Workbook was designed especially for parents who are desirous of teaching their children differences between upper and lowercase letters, consonants and vowels, and how to write uppercase and lowercase letters. No longer will parents find it difficult helping children remember letter sounds, because our lip formation chart demonstrates how the mouth should be formed when making all letter sounds, inclusive of long and short vowel sounds. We have included guided writing activities for each letter of the alphabet. First, you will learn to trace uppercase and lowercase letters, and then move on to writing these letters independently by following the arrows that guide formation. This is one of the best strategies to ensure that children are able to identify and write the letters of the alphabet, in uppercase and lowercase forms.

Blending and Segmenting Parent Guide
Volume 2

Blending and Segmenting Parent Guide takes reading to the next level. Through the use of this book, parents will be able to help children avoid one of the key reading deficits, inability to decode. Children with such reading deficits are unable to decipher unfamiliar words, because they need to understand how letter sounds form words, and how the ability to segment and blend word parts play a vital role in reading fluency and comprehension. Blending and Segmenting Parent’Guide shows parents how to address this deficit, and provides strategies on building blending and segmenting skills. Blending and Segmenting Parent Guide helps parents develop proficient readers who understand how to decode and segment word parts.

Blending and Segmenting Workbook
Volume 2

Blending and Segmenting Workbook is especially designed so children can develop decoding skills, and understand how letter sounds merge to make consonant vowel consonant, consonant consonant vowel consonant, and consonant vowel consonant consonant words. The activities included will also allow children to practice sounding consonant blends, digraphs, vowel pairs, diphthongs, and much more. Children will be better able to decode unfamiliar words once they acquire a deeper understanding of these word parts. Once children utilize the strategies and activities in the Reading Foundation Workbook, they will develop the ability and skills needed to decode unfamiliar words with automaticity. In addition, children will enjoy participating in sounding the tongue twisting L, R, and S blends in all the exciting stories, and will demonstrate the ability to comprehend literally and inferentially as they answer the question posed.

Understanding Words
Volume 3

Understanding Words focuses on helping parents teach children the rigors of grammar and vocabulary. Parents will be pleased with the straightforward and simple manner in which the rules associated with elements of grammar and vocabulary are presented, thereby making it easy for them to assist their children. Parents will absolutely enjoy knowing how to help their children practice the application of these rules, in creating, analyzing, and comprehending sentence structures.

Comprehension Intervention
Volume 4

Comprehension Intervention was designed to help parents address the deficits associated with lack of comprehension skills. It begins with increasing parents’ awareness of the various reading genres, and then showing parents how to use comprehension strategies to help children understand literary elements and text structures. One of the key comprehension strategies is questioning; therefore, Comprehension Intervention guides parents in effective questioning of fiction and nonfiction texts, in order to inspire a deeper understanding of the various texts children read. Parents will be amazed at how much they will be able to help their children conduct close reading, and ultimately increase their comprehension skills simply by following the steps outlined in Comprehension Intervention.

Complementary Resources

Complementary Resources is comprised of activities designed to aid in the production of letter sounds, letter-sound relationships, association of letter/sounds/pictures, and understanding of the differences between uppercase and lowercase letters. Tactile activities are encouraged through letters/words/ picture sort activities, coupled with actions for making distinction between vowels and consonants.

Users will also find activities for enhancing decoding strategies, monitoring fluency levels, improving vocabulary and grammar, and enhancing comprehension skills. Complementary Resources supplements the entire series; Reading Foundation, Blending and Segmenting, Understanding Words, and Comprehension Intervention.

TurnKey Guidebook

Turnkey Guidebook is a valuable resource designed to guide and support users in their planning. It includes a lesson planning template which is divided into several sections thereby making it easy for teachers, parents, and program directors to determine weekly targeted focus areas. Next, it lists guided and independent activities for addressing phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding skills, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, or comprehension.

This guide also specifies content area sections of the reading series; Reading Foundation, Blending and Segmenting, Understanding Words, and Comprehension Intervention; therefore, users will find this guide to be a valuable source of information that is extremely useful in helping them utilize the Parents as Tutors’ reading resources.