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Is there really a need for another phonics program? Well, Memoria Press thought so! The first reading and printing lessons are critical, and although there are many adequate programs out there, they could not find one with the right combination they were looking for—a balanced, age-appropriate approach to phonics and reading, and a serious focus on correct pencil grip and letter formation. In addition, many phonics programs today use the ladder approach (consonant-vowel blending), which is fine, but they prefer the more traditional (vowel-consonant) approach combined with word families. And one more thing: mastery of the short vowels is the sine qua non of phonics programs, and few programs really give adequate practice in this very important skill. First Start Reading solved all of their little problems and made them happy. We hope you like it too.
First Start Reading covers consonants, short and long vowels, 45 common words, and manuscript printing, accompanied by artist-drawn coloring pictures and drawing pages for every letter. Your child will begin reading in the very first lesson as he progresses through four student books and thirty-one phonetic stories, such as "Hogs and Pigs" and "Jog to the Jet." Two Teacher Manuals guide you through the program and provide helpful assessments and teaching tips.