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The Waseca Language Package for the Lower Elementary Classroom is a continuation of the Primary Classroom materials and allows students coming into Elementary an opportunity to pick up where they left off with the progression of the Reading Program and Readers. There can be a lot of variation in Reading levels with this age group. To accommodate this we offer three different Language Packages for the Lower Elementary Classroom: Emergent, Experienced, and Combined Reading Levels. The Combined Package includes all of the materials for Emergent and Experienced Reading Levels to accommodate all the levels of reading and language study in your classroom.

The Emergent Readers Package is identical to the Primary Classroom package and includes the Waseca Reading Program, Language Works, and Biome Readers for the Continents. The Reading Program uses a four step approach. First, the children spell the word depicted on the card with a moveable alphabet (a process that involves encoding or using the phonetic principle introduced to make a word). Next, the child lays out all of the cards and matches the label cards, thereby decoding the phonetic information. Additional practice in decoding, the third and fourth steps, involves writing the words and reading words that follow the same phonetic principle in a booklet.

As the Elementary children progress through the Reading Program and gain confidence in their abilities, the focus will shift to spelling and handwriting practice. Our Biome Readers for the Continents use color coding that follows the Reading Program progression. When a class is studying a continent the readers provide independent reading material relevant to the area of study. Animals and people that are encountered in the Biome Cards for the Continents (included in the Continent Studies Package) are represented in the readers’ stories tying the language and cultural studies together.

The Experienced Reading Level Package introduces Grammar. Each drawer of the Grammar Boxes introduces a new part of speech. The sequence of introduction builds on the noun, making phrases and, then, sentences. Each part of speech has a color coded symbol associated with it. Our wooden Grammar Symbols can be used to symbolize long sentences. The Grammar Stencil is also included. At this level, the the experienced reader will no longer find Language Works and the Biome Readers for the Continents necessary. The Waseca Reading Program is included in this scenario to be used as a spelling program.



use this : Checklist for Lower Elementary Language Package

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