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My top picks for Montessori, homeschool, and parenting books, and more!I'm Lisa Nolan, the Montessori teacher and mom, with my son at a local farm.

Recommended Reading and Phonics Books

The American Reading Handbook
by Constance Ochsner

Book Description
"The American Reading Handbook is a unique publication written specifically for parents to use at home to teach their own children to read. It's also perfect for tutors, pre-school teachers, home-schoolers, and instructional aides. This soft-back edition contains 34 simple, yet powerful step-by-step lessons, plus a Mini-Primer with 10 beginning-reader stories. Included with the book is an 8 1/2" X 11" ABC Chart, and a set of cut-apart ABC flashcards. It is simply the best resource parents can use to give their children the gift of reading. No family bookshelf should be without it!"  (Amazon.com editorial review.) More...

Montessori Read & Write
by L. Lawrence

Book Description
"In Montessori Read & Write, Lynne Lawrence, a leading Montessori practitioner, shows you how you can teach your children to read and write using the famous Montessori system. The book is packed with ideas and age-specific activities and games that make learning easy and fun. It puts children on the straightest possible road to literacy, from those first steps in recognizing letters, sounds, and shapes through vocabulary-building and spelling competence to full reading fluency and creative writing skills. As a valuable bonus, Montessori Read & Write includes a list of special books that you and your child can enjoy reading together. " (Amazon.com editorial review.)

Synopsis
"Making the world-renowned Montessori method available to all, this book will be welcomed by parents who wish to give their children a solid foundation in a set of basic skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. 80 color illustrations." (Amazon.com editorial review.)

"The development of languge begins long before birth and continues to unfold intensely until he age of six. A sound beginning at this age will help for the rest of one's life. This book, by a leading Montessori practitioner, shows how to support language development, and to teach reading and writing the Montessori approach. It is useful for home and school." (Child of the World, 2002-2003 edition, a Michael Olaf company.) More...

Phonics That Work! : New Strategies for the Reading/Writing Classroom (Grades K-3)
by Janiel Wagstaff

Book Description
"Easy strategies and activities that dramatically improve the reading-writing skills of the author's mixed-ability students. Includes a rational, real-life models, and more." (Amazon.com editorial review.)

About the Author
"Janiel Wagstaff has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, University instructor, and Early Childhood Teacher Certification program director. She regularly consults and works in a year round school in Utah. Her expertise and interest in early literacy has led to two books: Phonics That Work! New strategies for the Reading/Writing Classroom (Scholastic, 1994) and Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Strategies That Work (Bureau of Education & Research, 1997)." (Amazon.com editorial review.) More...


I highly recommended this series!
Bob Books Beginning Readers
by Bobby Lynn Maslen

"We have used these books in our classroom for years, they are truly the best to teach phonetic reading!" --Lisa Nolan Montessori

"When you notice that a child is starting to sound out words on her own and has learned many of the letter sounds (not the names), it is time to introduce these wonderful books. They were drawn and written by a teacher for the students to fill a gap in the beginning reading books. The first set of twelve books contains simple, short, mostly phonetic words, and the next two sets of eight books progress to include more words per page and a few non-phonetic words. The stories are about non-sensical imaginary figures who interact in delightful ways. The progression is arranged to provide  success for the child, and the satisfaction of finishing a whole book! The drawings are simple figures, funny enough to interest an older beginning reader." (Child of the World, 2002-2003 edition, a Michael Olaf company.)

Book Description
"With their engaging stories and clever illustrations, the Bob Books have ushered millions of kids into   the world of reading. This relaunch of the popular series features a handy new chart on the back of  each box that enables parents and educators to easily identify which set is best suited for their child's  reading capabilities. Each set is color coded to indicate reading level and each story is carefully  crafted to help children at different learning stages master essential reading skills." (Amazon.com editorial review.)

"My Four Year Old is Reading!
"As a former educator, I tend to stress educational development with my four year old. I recently began teaching him the sounds of his letters. A co-worker told me about the Bob Books. My son was able to read the first two books within 1 week. I was truly impressed with the books. They are excellent for beginning readers. My son is now confident in his ability to learn. The books made it easy for him to learn how to put sounds together to form words."--Jeanese Carriere  (Amazon.com customer review.)

"I Can Read, Mommy!"
"This was my 4yo son's reaction to Bob Books. Within his first week of reading instruction (using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons), my son was able to read all the way through his first Bob Book without assistance. Now, less than a month later, he literally BEGS me to let him read these books. Yesterday he sat down and read through 6 of them in a row! He would have kept going had I not put lunch on the table. These books are much easier to read than other books geared at beginning readers, and as a result boose children's confidence and encourage them to keep practising. While these books do not have the same dramatic appeal as Peter Rabbit, etc, they do have silly little stories that inevitably bring laughter into the often frustrating &/or boring process of learning to read, without necessitating long or complex words that tend to discourage the earliest beginning readers. When it comes to reading all alone, my son prefers Bob Books to any other early readers (Little Bear, etc) we have in the house. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." (Amazon.com Spotlight Review.)

Bob Books First! Level A, Set 1
Bob Books Fun! Level A, Set 2
Bob Books Pals! Level B, Set 2
Bob Books Wow! Level C, Set 1
The whole list of  Bob Books here

I highly recommended this series!
Primary Phonics: Workbooks and Readers

"We have been using Primary Phonics workbooks and reading books at our Montessori school for nearly twenty years. There is nothing better for teaching phonics (preschool and up)! We start with the green consonant workbook, followed by the  red phonics workbook 1 (and the Bob Books for reading). Next we give the Primary Phonics reading books (there is also a teacher's manual-guide you can order). See below for more information!"--Lisa Nolan Montessori

"Primary Phonics programs and lesson plans facilitate teaching phonics for kids from preschool to kindergarten and up. Learn how to teach phonics with the teacher instruction books in these childrens phonics curriculums. Recommended for classroom or home school instruction.

"Primary Phonics is a program of storybooks and coordinated workbooks that teaches reading to students in kindergarten through second grade. This program uses a carefully structured phonetic approach to establish a solid base in phonics that enables students to read, write and spell simple words. As students complete the workbook exercises, they practice, apply, and master new skills with the phonetically controlled stories.

"KEY BENEFITS

    * Develops phonological awareness
    * Builds reading speed and fluency
    * Facilitates specialized and individual instruction
    * Promotes confident and eager readers"

Set Of 10 Storybooks - Primary Phonics 1

"Primary Phonics Storybooks contain short stories that children can read easily. Students feel a sense of accomplishment upon reading a whole book independently. Storybooks correspond with workbook exercises.

"STORYBOOK FEATURES

    * 10 storybooks in each set correspond with workbook exercises
    * Each storybook is about 20 to 30 pages
    * Phonetically controlled texts
    * Sounds and spellings recently learned
    * Review of sounds and spellings already mastered
    * Familiar, high-interest themes"

Primary Phonics Consonant Work Book (32 Pp)

"The 32 page Primary Phonics Consonant Book teaches one new consonant sound every two pages, while also reviewing previously taught consonant sounds. For each consonant, there are 16 illustrations presented with the one-word name shown next to each illustration but missing one letters."

"I have taught first grade students for over 20 years and I could not have done it without Primary Phonics. All of my first graders learn to become independent learners and feel great success in both workbooks and reading. They love these workbooks and cannot wait to move through all of the workbooks and readers!"

      Patsy King
      Teacher
      Greybull, Wyoming

Primary Phonics Workbook 1

"Primary Phonics Workbook 1 provides practice exercises for building phonics skills at the kindergarten level. Workbook exercises correspond with stories in the 10 storybooks. As students complete the workbook exercises, they practice, apply, and master new skills with the phonetically controlled stories.

"The Primary Phonics workbooks assume knowledge of the consonants. Workbook 1 reviews the consonants and introduces the short vowels, a, e, i, o, and u, and the sight words is, a, the, on, in, yes, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and black. All workbooks include a list of phonetic elements on the inside back cover. The outside back cover of each workbook features a chart showing when to introduce each storybook along with the corresponding workbook page number."

WORKBOOK FEATURES

    * A carefully planned phonetic sequence
    * A range of identification, reading, and writing exercises
    * A chart of featured phonetic elements and accompanying storybooks"

Montessori Lower Case Sandpaper Letters w/ Box
 

Montessori Phonetic Object Box
 

Tactile Sandpaper Lowercase Letters

"My son uses these at home for writing practice. They are easy for him to manage, and show where to start, as well as a black line for letters that go above and below the line AND they have a white dot for right side up so letters are not upside down. Also, we have had no issues with sand coming off."--Lisa Nolan Montessori