Over the years, the Waseca Reading Program has become a standard in many Montessori classrooms: now, it’s available to download and print on your home printer! The Reading Program is structured to provide a systematic and sequential presentation of the phonetic elements used in the English language.
The program uses a four-step approach: after you have introduced a phonetic element, the child uses the movable alphabet to spell, or encode, the word depicted on a picture card. Next, the child decodes the phonetic information by matching a picture card to its label. Then the child further practices decoding by reading the phonogram booklet and doing writing practice.
The cards use photo images to illustrate each word and large print that highlights the phonetic element used in the word. The frame around the picture and the highlighting are color-coded for the nine different boxes.
A new addition* to this product is an included workbook that provides even more practice for each drawer and supports the student in working independently. A list of sight words for each drawer prepares the child to read sentences. This combined phonetic and sight-word approach assures success!
*Customers who have already purchased this product will find the workbook file available in their download folder