First Grade In first grade, your young reader will hone his reading skills and learn the phonics rules governing long vowel sounds and words such as knew, match, fudge, adoption, sacrifice, and caught . To reinforce the phonics lessons presented in Little Stories for Little Folks B , have your child complete the appropriate pages in Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level 1 E . Phonics-based lessons in My Very First Catholic Speller F will introduce your first grader to basic spelling and grammar skills through rhyming, matching, and cut-and-paste exercises, while cardstock letter tiles give the child practice in forming words. Once your child completes the stories in Little Stories for Little Folks, Level 2 , he is ready for the supplemental reading practice provided by What Do You Like to Do… and What Can You Do … G . These Catholic easy readers and keepsake journals offer more stories for the “hungry” eager reader, while providing encouraging practice for the reluctant reader. The books also include journal pages that introduce writing composition and create a precious record of the child’s responses. (See pg. 26 for more details.) By the end of the year, your child will possess the word-attack skills to decipher virtually any word he may encounter. Graduates of the Little Stories program are usually reading at a second- to third-grade level by the end of first grade. Next stop on the reading railroad? Chapter books . . . beginning with Bigger Stories for Little Folks, a volume of stories specially designed to reinforce the young reader’s phonics skills! (See pg. 27 for more details.) “I T is so wonderful that so many new families are going to be blessed using your products. We have been blessed to use your products for over 22 years. Our twelfth child is so excited to be starting kindergarten. It is so sad he only has one younger sibling left to learn to read. All of our 13 children will have learned to read with the Little Folks program when we are done. We love all of your products and CHC is always our first recommendation to families looking to homeschool.” —Ellen, NC
Student continues with Levels 2–4 books, which provide a solid foundation in phonics and reading.
Penmanship exercises that reinforce phonics lessons
Easy readers: What Do You Like to Do… (after Level 2 of Little Stories ) and What Can You Do… (after Level 3)
Spelling and grammar practice that reinforces phonics patterns