Grade One Curriculum

Sunrise Learning to Read 100

Second Edition

Learning to Read, CLE’s widely-used phonics-first reading program, introduces beginners to the wonder of reading, teaching basic reading and writing. This course is strongly phonetic, teaching letter sounds and how to blend sounds together to form words.

Learning to Read introduces and reviews all consonants sounds, consonant digraphs, long and short vowels, most two-letter vowel sounds, and many basic key sight words. It also integrates handwriting, spelling, and listening to create a complete language program for beginners.

How Learning to Read works

Each sound is introduced with a letter card followed by a story focusing on the new sound and its accompanying picture. For example, for the t sound, the story of children discovering a turtle with a house that “just fits” captures the child’s attention and motivates him to learn the sound.

The story ends with a fun rhyme to connect the sound with the letter
T, T, T, T — Turtle Tim
takes his house on top of him.

Learning and repeating the rhyme rivets the combination in the child’s mind. Questions about the story help develop reading comprehension. A moral lesson or truth about God’s greatness and goodness helps develop the child’s character. The new sound is further reinforced in the LightUnits with a variety of activities — coloring, writing, listening for the new sound, oral drill, and spelling.

Learning to Read is the first part of CLE’s Reading and Phonics program. Reading is continued in Reading 100 with the reader, I Wonder.

Phonics is continued in Language Arts 100 and is completed in Language Arts 200. Some elements of phonics are reviewed in Reading 100 and 200.

Except for Letter Cards and Sound Slider, Sunrise Second Edition materials will not work with previous Learning to Read versions.

Language Arts is integrated with this course. Students begin the Language Arts 101 LightUnit when they begin the Learning to Read 105 LightUnit. After completing Learning to Read, students will be ready for the Reading 100 I Wonder reader and workbook.

We Live: five stories
We Explore: thirty stories
We Learn: eighteen stories
We Discover: twenty-two stories
We Live: five stories
We Explore: thirty stories
We Learn: eighteen stories
We Discover: twenty-two stories

Learning to Read includes…

  • Ten LightUnits integrate phonics, visual discrimination, listening, handwriting, and spelling.
  • Four delightful softcover primers (see the images above), designed to motivate children with the thrill of reading, are an integral part of the course. The reading level slowly advances to match student’s progress. Illustrated with beautiful artwork.
  • Two spiral-bound Teacher’s Guides provide answers for the LightUnits and easy-to-follow, step-bystep instructions for each lesson. Also included are teaching tips, activity ideas, reinforcement games, and more.
  • Full-color Letter Cards match the rhymes in Learning to Read with a letter and a picture. Colored bars categorize each letter as a consonant, short vowel, long vowel, or digraph. Available in two formats: wall cards and flash cards.
  • A boxed set of 224 Word Flash Cards uses words the student is learning in the LightUnits. Essential in helping students improve in blending sounds and in word recognition.
  • A boxed set of 228 Phrase Flash Cards uses phrases from Learning to Read, and helps the child progress beyond reading one-word-at- a-time to reading sentences quickly.

Support Materials

  • Sound Slider — A sturdy, plastic, laminated device with sliding letters teaches blending of sounds.
  • Practice Sheets — Two booklets of reproducible blackline masters provide practice for the struggling student and extra work for the one who needs something constructive to do.
  • Learning to Read Training Set — For teachers new to phonics, CLE recommends this training that introduces Learning to Read methods and procedures. Set includes LightUnit, answer key, and audio CD.
  • Helping Yourself — This 88-page workbook from Pathway Publishers is designed for extra seatwork for the first grader who is taking a phonics-based, learning-to-read program. Each of the varied exercises has instructions for the teacher.

Sunrise Reading 100

Second Edition

After Learning to Read comes Grade 1 Reading. (That makes sense, alright.) In fact, successful completion of the Learning to Read program is necessary before attempting this half-year reading course.

I Wonder (the reader) is full of delightful age-level stories and poems that develop critical reading skills while building character. Students will learn about

  • honesty from Betsy and Billy.
  • the importance of prayer from Willy.
  • good habits from Bruce the door slammer.
  • trust from Bennie, who was afraid of thunder.

The reader’s artwork has recently been updated to full-color paintings.

The accompanying five LightUnits help students practice phonics. More importantly, the course work also teaches reading comprehension, analytical thinking, and applying stories to real life. Self checks and tests measure the child’s mastery of the material.

How to Teach the Course

Students may do some LightUnit exercises independently.

The upgraded Teacher’s Guide has improved formatting and oral reviews. It includes reproductions of each LightUnit page with answers. It also contains explanations for the exercises, ideas for class discussion, and silent and oral reading activities. Beginning teachers can successfully use this manual to teach reading.

Sunrise Bible 100

Featuring major accounts from both the Old and New Testaments, well-written stories captivate the first grader’s imagination and bring the Bible to life.

Each LightUnit lesson consists of a two-page spread. The first page has a simply written Bible story. The second page contains a corresponding activity such as coloring, finding hidden pictures, solving mazes or puzzles, connecting dots, numbering events in order, cutting and pasting, or matching items.

Without quizzes or tests, this course allows the young child to simply enjoy the Bible and learn its truths without a heavy workload. CLE’s goal is for Bible to be so enjoyable that students look forward to every class.

How to Teach the Course

Each of the five LightUnits has sixteen lessons, providing two or three Bible lessons a week for a full school term.

The Teacher’s Guide contains the corresponding Bible references, a more detailed version of each story to read aloud, and short meditations to inspire the teacher. Reproductions of the student activity pages with answers are also included.

Sunrise Language Arts 100

Second Edition

An integral part of our phonics program, this course naturally correlates with CLE Learning to Read and Sunrise Reading 100. Even so, it fits well with any phonics-based learning-to-read program.

This thorough, phonics-based program teaches suffixes and prefixes, sentences, phrases, and basic punctuation. Penmanship begins with LightUnit 105. Spelling begins with LightUnit 106. LightUnits 107-110 include creative writing.

Concepts in the LightUnits are taught in small increments and reviewed over and over again to ensure mastery.

How to Teach the Course

Students should complete the first four LightUnits of Learning to Read before they begin this course.

The Teacher’s Guide is required to teach this course. It includes lesson plans, answers, spelling word lists, scope and sequence, alternate LightUnit tests (for students who need to redo a test), and more teaching aids.

As necessary, use I Can Write Manuscript for additional penmanship work. The children will enjoy this beautifully illustrated workbook as they practice copying letters, numbers, words, short sentences, and simple poems on the theme of animal babies and their mothers.

Other optional items are the Extra Practice Sheets (for more Language Arts drill) and 80+ full-color Phonics Cards which illustrate spelling and phonics rules.

Sunrise Mathematics 100

Sunrise Math 100 lays a foundation for many of the major math concepts the student will meet during his lifetime.

Each lesson introduces one or more bite-sized new number concepts. Most of the student work consists of continuous review to ensure that the concepts stick. The child experiences math as a whole rather than as isolated skills.

Interspersed with basic number skills are forays into geometry, our money system, mental math, and number patterns. Practical story problems with a Biblical worldview relate math to real life. The U.S. and the metric measurement systems are emphasized equally. Daily speed drills, oral drills, and flash-card exercises help cement the basic addition/subtraction facts from 1-20.

How to Teach the Course

No previous math instruction is needed. You’ll need the Counting Chart, My Counting Book, and our special flashcard system to teach the course as the daily lesson plans direct.

The Teacher’s Guide provides answers to the LightUnits. It also contains ideas, useful appendices, oral exercises, hands-on activities, teaching tips, and alternate LightUnit tests. It is required for the course.

Numbers: recognize and write numbers 1-1,000; count from 0-100 by twos, fives, tens; recognize place value of ones, tens, hundreds; compare using <, >, =; recognize fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4) as part of a whole

Money: identify and recognize value of penny, nickel, dime, quarter; dollar and cents signs; add amounts of money

Addition: know addition facts to 9 + 9; add problems vertically and horizontally; solve three-digit problems

Subtraction: know subtraction facts corresponding to addition facts; solve three-digit problems

Measurement: ruler, inches, feet, centimeters, thermometer, Fahrenheit, Celsius, cups

Geometry: square, rectangle, triangle, circle, sphere, cube, make congruent shapes

Sunrise Science 100


Thse five LightUnits teach lessons introducing basic knowledge about the natural world:

101 Seeing and Feeling
102 You and Your Pets
103 God’s Beautiful World
104 The Earth and Energy
105 Music and Science

Each lesson is on the child’s reading level and includes two to four pages of activities for the lesson. Activities vary from categorizing items by their properties, to exploring the five senses, observing their environment, and learning science-related vocabulary.

How to Teach the Course

Each LightUnit is designed to take seventeen days, and contains two quizzes and a test. You don’t need to use the LightUnits in any particular order.

The Teacher’s Guide includes a reproduction of each LightUnit page with answers. It also offers ideas for capturing your child’s interest and providing hands-on activities to enrich the learning experience. It is required for the course.

Sunrise Social Studies 100


Five LightUnits develop the student’s concept of communities that make up our world.

101 — You Can Communicate
102 — My Family and Feelings
103 — North America and Its People
104 — My School and Community
105 — The World and You

First graders learn about families, courtesy for others, communication, community living, and even a bit of North American history. Students will enjoy the stories about four children who live in different parts of our continent.

How to Teach the Course

Each LightUnit contains two quizzes and a test. LightUnits may be used in any order.

The Teacher’s Guide contains thoughts and ideas to help you teach creatively and effectively. It includes a reproduction of each LightUnit page with answers. It is required for the course.

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