Little Sis is kindergarten age this year. I decided to go a different route with her than I did with her siblings. I was all prepared at the beginning of the year to teach her to read using resources from our library and Pinterest. Well, her schooling fell to the wayside. I felt awful! She’s so eager to learn, but is also my very easy going child. She is not the squeaky wheel and therefore, does not get the grease that her older siblings receive.
I say all this to let you know that I was beyond thrilled to get the opportunity to review First Start Reading from Memoria Press. As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was sent the First Start Reading program. I received 4 student books for Little Sis and a Teacher’s Guide for me. The books are geared for kindergarten or children who are ready to learn to read.
Memoria Press and First Start Reading
Memoria Press is a family run publishing company. They use the classical- Christian based approach to education. First Start Reading is a complete, phonics based reading program. It not only focuses on reading, but implements other things such as writing and pencil grip. The program covers 45 common words, manuscript printing, short and long vowels, and age appropriate coloring pages with inviting illustrations. The teacher’s guide is filled with teaching tips and assessments that guide you through the program.
How We Use First Start Reading
I did not waste any time putting this program to work. We use the workbook and lessons daily in Little Sis’s school. She is learning letter sounds, the correct way to write (pencil grip), blends and sight words. I work one on one with her to explain the lesson. We talk through the lesson and then I leave her to complete the pages. She works on her tracing, coloring, or printing independently and shows me her completed work.
Little Sis loves that she has school books that are just for her. She is very meticulous as she practices her writing. I love the excitement on her face as she figures out how the letters work together to make words. I have caught her trying to sound out words as she looks through books in her free time.
I have seen more improvement in her reading and writing since we started First Start Reading than with the way we were doing things before. At the end of each student book is an opportunity to review the content.
What Did I Think of First Start Reading
I am very pleased with the First Start Reading Program and will continue to use it with Little Sis. When Baby Girl is ready to start reading, I am sure that I will use the program with her as well. The program is very affordable. You can get the Teacher’s Guide and Four Workbooks for $42.95. The workbooks are $7 a piece if you buy them separately. I don’t necessarily adhere to classical education as a whole, but I would recommend this reading program to anyone who has a child learning to read and write.
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