What you will need for Lessons 1-7 of Essentials, including reusable supplements you'll use throughout the curriculum!
Reading, Spelling, Grammar, & Vocabulary
Three levels of spelling and vocabulary in each lesson
Extensive helps and teacher tips
Parts of Speech, punctuation rules, capitalization rules
Efficient vocabulary instruction with prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots
Essentials is Recommended for:
Ages 8 to adult
Anyone who wants to learn why English words are spelled the way they are
As a spelling, grammar, and vocabulary program for Grades 2-6
Struggling readers age 8 and up
Struggling spellers age 8 and up
Students with dyslexia
Students continuing from Foundations who are ready to go deeper with the phonograms and rules, build spelling mastery, and learn grammar and new vocabulary concepts
None. See notes below if the student needs handwriting instruction.
If needed, use the ten optional Pre-Lessons in the 1-7 Teacher's Guide to strengthen foundational skills before beginning Lesson 1. There is a Placement Test to help you determine the right starting point for each student.
Essentials 1-7 Complete Set
This set includes all the components of Essentials needed to teach the first seven lessons of the curriculum - typically a quarter to a semester depending on your pace - to one student.
Essentials Teacher's Guide, Lessons 1-7
Essentials Student Workbook, Lessons 1-7
Basic Phonogram Flash Cards
Spelling Rule Flash Cards
Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards
Grammar Flash Cards
Morpheme Flash Cards, Lessons 1-7
Phonogram Game Cards - 1 Bookface deck
Phonogram Game Cards - 1 Handwriting deck (choose Cursive or Manuscript in the drop down menu above)
Phonogram Game Tiles
Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference
Spelling Analysis Card
Other Materials not included in this bundle but recommended. Can be purchased separately:Student Whiteboard
- recommended (Sold separately through CHER or can be purchased through your local office supply store)
Rhythm of Handwriting - if handwriting instruction is neededThe Essentials Reader Set
(recommended for the struggling reader) which includes the Essentials Reader, with accompanying Student Activity Book and Essentials Reader Teacher's Guide - reading comprehension supplement.
Materials for Essentials Lessons 8-30 - after completing these lessons
Teaching multiple students?
Each additional student will need:
Essentials Student Workbook, Lessons 1-7
Spelling Journal (one per student)
Student Whiteboard (recommended; included in Rhythm of Handwriting Set)
Optional: Phonogram Game Cards (add additional sets if teaching more than four students; used in groups of four)
Optional: Phonogram Game Tiles (we recommend one set for every one or two students)
Essentials does not teach handwriting. Students may complete Essentials lessons with either cursive or manuscript handwriting; the sample text is in a standard bookface font to allow greater flexibility.
Choose your second set of Phonogram Game Cards (using the drop down menu above) according to which handwriting style the student is using. This enables students to practice reading the phonograms both as they appear in books and as they appear in writing.
If Handwriting Instruction is Needed
If the student struggles with handwriting or needs handwriting instruction, introduce either cursive or manuscript using The Rhythm of Handwriting. The Essentials Pre-Lessons include a suggested schedule for integrating Rhythm of Handwriting instruction.
Learn why we recommend beginning handwriting instruction with cursive.
Continuing through Essentials
After completing these lessons, add the new materials for Lessons 8-15. Continue with Lessons 16-22 and 23-30 when you are ready for them. At a pace of one lesson per week, you can complete all 30 lessons in a school year; at a pace of half a lesson per week you will complete about 15 lessons in a school year.
The entire curriculum, Lessons 1-30, can then be reused up to two additional times at a more advanced level of instruction.Essentials Scope and Sequence