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Books for Results - Smart Start in Language Arts

Books for Results - Smart Start in Language Arts
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Smart Start in Language Arts
  • Grade One Reading Program
By JoAnne Moore
Canadian: $249.95
American: $249.95

Book Summary:
Smart Start in Language Arts is a 1300 page, reproducible, all-inclusive reading/writing/spelling program bound in a D-ring binder. Each student lesson is supported by: co-ordinating phonics worksheets, word analysis exercises, sentence writing, spelling practice, printing, and punctuation / capitalization exercises. Repeated reading books are made by students using sentence strips to master sight words in the context of little stories. Lists of themed picture books build towards writing sequence stories (there are a total of six story units). Teaching explanations for new material in the lessons are placed prior to a new concept being introduced in student work. Flip to the next day and you’ll see what you’re teaching and receive an explanation when necessary. Four reading assessments are provided for various stages of the year. Finally, the program now includes the revised Smart Start Companion.

NEW: Now includes 35 puppet shows on three DVD's. There are also printable phonics and sight word games, PDF version of the Smart Start in Language Arts binder for SMART Boards™ (non-printable), and thirteen I-SPY photos for alphabet sorting game stored on a CD.

Here are some of the schools teaching this program in first grade:

  • Trinity Christian School (Calgary, AB)
  • Glenmore Christian Academy (Calgary, AB)
  • Immanuel Christian School (Lethbridge, AB)
  • Heritage Christian Academy (Calgary, AB)
  • Saskatoon Christian School (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Bearspaw Christian School (Calgary, AB)
  • Neil M. Ross Catholic School (St. Albert, AB)
  • Greentree Elementary School (Drumheller, AB)
  • Millwoods Christian School (Edmonton, AB)
  • Khalsa School (Calgary, AB)
  • St. Stephen's School (Valley View, AB)
  • Bassano School (Bassano, AB)
  • Prince Philip (Saskatoon, SK)

Schools/Teachers who recently purchased this program include:

  • Ross Glen Elementary School (Medicine Hat, AB)
  • Caroline School (Caroline AB)
  • Woodlands Elementary School (Calgary, AB)
  • Homesteader School (Edmonton, AB)
  • Three Hills School,(Three Hills, AB)
  • Hythe Regional School (AB)
  • Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Division Centre for Learning (Okotoks, AB)
  • Hays School (Taber, Alberta)
  • Mike Mountain Horse Elementary School (Lethbridge, Alberta)

Letter of Recommendation:
I have been using Smart Start in Language Arts for more than ten years in my grade one classroom, with superb results. JoAnne has developed a resource that provides structure, continuity and excellent learning strategies in all areas of the Language Arts program.

In reading, the children quickly develop decoding and word attack skills, and comprehension strategies that give them success and a sense of being a reader. By the end of grade one the vast majority of my students are reading independently, with comprehension, beyond grade level expectations as indicated by school board achievement results, and common diagnostic assessment tools.

The students' spelling skills are integrated into their daily reading assignment using a guided approach. Verbalizing the spelling rules, effective use of repetition, and spelling phonics posters have proven to be a very successful part of my Language Arts program.

I have found the most difficult skill to teach to grade one students is effective writing. I am always amazed at the writing growth my students display at the end of grade one, not only in their daily writing in the classroom, but on district level writing assessments. Using the many strategies in Smart Start, Sequence Stories, and Writing with Results, they grow from writing simple sentences to success in all genres and all subject areas.

There is no greater reward for a grade one teacher, than to see students reading and writing successfully at the end of the year. Searching for tools to enhance that success is always an important part of my job. I have used and discarded a great number of resources throughout my career of more than 20 years. Smart Start will continue to be an important part of my resource library.

G. Broks
Grade one teacher
Edmonton, Alberta


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