Preschool & Grade One

Beginner's Activity Series

These four books provide practice for three- and four-year-olds in motor skills such as hand-eye coordination and visual comparison.

As preschoolers work through the books, they learn basic numbers and the colors. About Three has simple exercises in line drawing and visual discrimination. Bigger Steps contains more advanced matching and visual comparison exercises. Color, Cut, and Count helps the child learn the colors and work with numbers. Doing My Best gives further practice in coloring, counting, matching, and cutting.

When they have finished this course, they will be well prepared for the ABC Readiness Series.



ABC Readiness Series

These workbooks are designed to prepare children for first grade, helping them practice the skills essential to a successful start in learning to read.

This series provides four- or five-year-olds with short periods of pre-reading activities a few times per week. As they mature, the frequency and duration of these lessons will gradually increase.

This set provides learning activities such as distinguishing colors and shapes, cutting and pasting, listening to Bible stories and answering questions, recognizing the numbers from 1 to 10, forming letters correctly, tracing, following directions, writing their own names, and hearing initial consonant sounds.

Teacher notes are included.

Note: Going on Eagerly is the first workbook in Rod & Staff's new DFG Series and is not included in either of the ABC Sets.



Supplementary Items

Before We Read: For children needing extra review of the skills taught in the above ABC series, we recommend this 64-page book from Pathway. Exercises emphasize discrimination and sequencing skills.

Before We Read, Teacher's Edition: Although most of the exercises in Before We Read are self-expanatory, parents and teachers may find this optional teacher's guide useful. Includes detailed instructions for each lesson.

Helping Yourself: Also from Pathway, this 88-page book 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 Learning to Read 100

Second Edition

Learning to Read teaches beginners basic reading and writing. This course is strongly phonetic, teaching letter sounds and how to blend sounds together to form words. Skills also include recognition of basic key sight words, listening, handwriting, and spelling.

A picture card, story, and rhyme introduce each of the twenty-one consonants, four consonant digraphs, and the long and short vowel sounds. A story for each sound helps build character and listening comprehension.

Children will enjoy the new colorful covers, new artwork, and redesigned layout of the ten LightUnits. Fewer self checks allow children more time to learn sounds. Workbook exercises include coloring, writing, visual drill, and practice with letter sounds. Later, students sound out new words and experience the joy of reading stories on their own from the primer.

The spiral-bound Teacher's Guides contain detailed step-by-step instructions and outlines for teaching, plus copies of the student's work with answers.

For teachers not acquainted with phonics, we recommend Basics for Beginners, a training program introducing methods and procedures for teaching phonetic reading.

The revised materials are the LightUnits, Teacher's Guides, Word Flash Cards, and Phrase Flash Cards. These items will not work with the older course.

Goals for the revision:

  • Improve synchronization with other first grade courses.

  • Improve the artwork and overall appearance.

  • Make the workload more manageable for students.
We Live: five stories   We Explore: thirty stories   We Learn: eighteen stories   We Discover: twenty-two stories


Sunrise Learning to Read

First Edition

CLE's widely-used phonics-first reading program introduces the beginning first grader to the wonder of reading. Learning to Read helps him become a successful reader, enabling him to become a successful learner.

It introduces and reviews all consonant sounds, consonant digraphs, long and short vowels, most two-letter vowel sounds, and many sight words.

It also integrates handwriting, spelling, and listening to create a complete language program for beginners.

Learning to Read is easy to teach. The teacher's guide provides answers and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for each lesson. It also includes teaching tips, activity ideas, games for reinforcement, and more.



Sunrise Reading 100

This course is a sequel to the Learning to Read program, providing review of phonics and mechanics, majoring on comprehension and analytical skills.

Comprehension skills include recalling facts, interpreting simple figures of speech, comparing, predicting, recognizing degrees of importance, listening and speaking, and oral reading skills.

In the area of analytical and evaluation skills, students begin to evaluate what they read; to apply it to everyday situations and to their own lives -- in short, to think.

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,
  • and trust from Bennie, who was afraid of thunder.
  • The accompanying workbook helps students practice phonics, reading comprehension, and analytical thinking. Two quizzes and a test for each of the five Units measure the child's mastery of the material.

    The Teacher's Guidebook includes a reproduction of each workbook page with answers and detailed instructions for explaining the exercises, class discussion, and silent and oral reading activities. Even beginning teachers should be successful when using this manual to teach reading.



    Sunrise Bible 100

    Featuring selections from both the Old and New Testaments, well-written stories capture the first grader's imagination and bring the Bible to life.

    Each of the five LightUnits has sixteen lessons. Doing two or three lessons per week will provide Bible lessons for the whole year. Each lesson is a two-page spread with a simple Bible story and a corresponding activity such as a maze or puzzle, matching exercises, or a dot-to-dot picture.

    The Teacher's Guide has a full-length version of the story for the teacher to tell or read.

    Without quizzes or tests, this course allows the child to enjoy the Bible and learn truths from it, without a heavy workload. Our goal is for Bible to be so enjoyable that the students look forward to every class.



    Sunrise Language Arts 100

    Second Edition

    Phonics: all sounds except some spellings

    Grammar: nouns, describing words, suffixes, prefixes

    Punctuation: capitals, periods, question marks, commas

    Communication Skills: phone, manners

    Creative Writing: exploring, drafting, revising, editing

    Spelling: phonics, word meanings

    Penmanship: all manuscript letters

    Sunrise Language Arts 100 1st Edition correlates with CLE Learning to Read 1st Edition and Sunrise Reading 100, but fits well with any phonics-based learning-to-read program. This thorough, phonics-based program teaches grammar, punctuation, communication skills, writing, spelling, and penmanship.

    Concepts in the LightUnits are taught in small increments and reviewed over and over again to ensure mastery. Wall charts illustrate spelling and punctuation rules. Children who need extra penmanship practice will enjoy the beautifully illustrated workbook I Can Write Manuscript as they practice copying letters, numbers, words, short sentences, and simple poems on the theme of animal babies and their mothers.

    Extra Language Arts practice sheets are available for those who need more drill.

    The Teacher's Guide includes answers to the LightUnits, ideas, spelling word lists, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests for students who need to redo a test.

    Please note: All materials are revised, except the Wall Charts. Revised materials will not work with the older course.

    Goals for the revision:

    • Improve synchronization with other first grade courses.

    • Improve the artwork and overall appearance.

    • Make the workload more manageable for students.


    Sunrise Language Arts 100

    First Edition

    Phonics: all sounds except some spellings

    Grammar: nouns, describing words, suffixes, prefixes

    Punctuation: capitals, periods, question marks, commas

    Communication Skills: phone, manners

    Creative Writing: exploring, drafting, revising, editing

    Spelling: phonics, word meanings

    Penmanship: all manuscript letters

    Sunrise Language Arts 100 1st Edition correlates with CLE Learning to Read 1st Edition and Sunrise Reading 100, but fits well with any phonics-based learning-to-read program. This thorough, phonics-based program teaches grammar, punctuation, communication skills, writing, spelling, and penmanship.

    Concepts in the LightUnits are taught in small increments and reviewed over and over again to ensure mastery. Wall charts illustrate spelling and punctuation rules. Children who need extra penmanship practice will enjoy the beautifully illustrated workbook I Can Write Manuscript as they practice copying letters, numbers, words, short sentences, and simple poems on the theme of animal babies and their mothers.

    Extra Language Arts practice sheets are available for those who need more drill.

    The Teacher's Guide includes answers to the LightUnits, ideas, spelling word lists, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests for students who need to redo a test.



    Sunrise Mathematics 100

    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 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.

    The Teacher's Guide provides answers to the LightUnits, ideas, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests.



    Sunrise Science 100
    supplemental

    This five-LightUnit course introduces the student to some basic areas of knowledge about the world around him.

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

    Each LightUnit is designed to take seventeen days, and contains two quizzes and a test. 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.

    The Teacher's Guide includes a reproduction of each LightUnit page with answers and ideas for capturing your child's interest and providing hands-on activities to enrich the learning experience.



    Social Studies 100
    supplemental

    Students learn about communities that make up their 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.

    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.