The Montessori method values the order of a systematic approach, isolating the principles to be taught and building skills with small, manageable steps. The Waseca Reading Program covers all of those bases. Our phonetic progression takes the traditional pink, blue, green series a step farther with nine cabinets based on the Orton Gillingham sequence developed for children with dyslexia. The Waseca Reading Program Storage is an efficient and attractive addition to the classroom and makes the materials available for the child to use independently. They can see where they are headed with the materials and become very self-motivated.
For young children, it is important to have readers that follow a consistent phonetic sequence. Our newly updated Biome Readers for the Continents use color coding that follows the Waseca Reading Program, progressing from three letter phonetics in the red series to more complicated soft consonants in gold. As a class is studying a continent (and the people and animals that live there), these readers allow every child an opportunity to read about what they are studying. Language Works rounds out the package as an important supplement for the child who needs more practice with a particular phoneme before moving on to the next level. The unique self-checking system has children write in the window, read the word, and check with the picture. This has been a favorite in Montessori classrooms for 24 years and is also color coded to work seamlessly with the Waseca Reading Program.