TOS Review: Crafty Classroom – R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook Gr. 1

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For the last few weeks Zakari and I have been working through Crafty Classroom‘s R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook Gr. 1.

R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook Gr. 1 is a HUGE 36 week, 4 day a week curriculum for you to use to teach your child to read.

R.E.A.D. stands for Ready, Eager, Able & Determined to READ!

What is R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook Gr. 1 All About?

When you download the R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook Gr. 1 PDF, you will initially find a 4 day a week, 36 week schedule.

For the first 2 weeks your student will be reviewing the Long Vowel Sounds.

Every week, except for review weeks your student will work through:

  • a reference charts
  • vowel teams & word list
  • sight words
  • weekly vocabulary
  • grammar
  • Science & Social Studies
  • writing assignments
  • & a early reader

Some Assembly Required

While the course is for the most part designed to be a print ready format, there are a few things that need to be prepared. This will take a few minutes before initially starting the program with your student.

For example cutting the Story Strips for your child’s Daily Writing Notebook.

How Did We Use This Program?

When I opened up the PDF I received, I was surprised to see how large it was, 942 pages to be exact.

So the first thing I did was go through and read the first few pages before I printed out anything.

Then I printed out the the Comprehensive Weekly Curriculum Overview and Curriculum Overview for reference.

Once I had that done, I went through all the workpages, and decided what my son needed work on, and what he already grasped. Because he is already reading, and I’m wanting to focus on writing, grammar and penmanship. I had to be careful and asked myself is this a good use of his time? Or is this busy work?

Once I had a few weeks of work printed, we started working through the sheets I had selected.

Busy Work? You Said Busy Work?

Like I said, Zakari is already reading, so for him, some of these work sheets are busy work. But if he was walking into this program without a strong grasp of sight words and blend, these pages would not be busy work.

If I was using this program with a child who was needing to learn how to read, I would likely hit each work sheet in the order they are presented.

Now with all that said, some of the phonics & sight word work sheets were still beneficial for Zakari to work through. We were not using them to learn sight words or phonics, we used them to work on his scanning and fine motor skills.

What Did I Like Best?

I just loved the Story Starters. While language and conversation doesn’t come easier for Zakari, I need to make a conscience effort to try to engage in conversation with him more. But it can be hard when it at times is only one sided. I never know what to say, as I don’t want it to come off contrived or forced.

While working with Doman International, we are suppose to use a choice board to help give Zakari a tool to engage in conversation. The problem is I struggle staying motivated with this because I never know what to ask.

Now I have 144 possible questions to ask my son and learn more about his likes and dislikes. It is so much fun, and then I scribe his answers in our daily writing notebook.

I know this is not the main purpose of the curriculum, but I just had to share how we were able to adapt it for a child with special needs.

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