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Saxon Phonics

by Mary Ann Kelley

Saxon Phonics provides comprehensive solutions to teach reading that target foundational skills using a unique research-based method. The curriculum includes a multi-sensory approach that engages the visual, auditory, and tactile senses. Saxon Reading is based on current research that indicates that the most successful phonics programs include daily oral language activities, phoneme play, immediate follow-up Continue reading »

Sing, Spell, Read and Write

by Mary Ann Kelley

Sing, Spell, Read and Write is a learning-to-read curriculum that uses a 36-step program of carefully sequenced systematic, explicit phonics instruction to build fluent independent readers. Using look, listen, point, sing-along, and echo routines along with gross motor and fine motor activities, the program actively engages the senses and effectively reaches all types of learners. Continue reading »


by Mary Ann Kelley

Create customized handwriting worksheets and lessons in cursive and manuscript with Startwrite handwriting software. Startwrite makes teaching and learning penmanship skills fun and easy! A free trial is available.

New American Cursive

by Mary Ann Kelley

New American Cursive is a resource for teaching beginning cursive. It includes easy-to-follow directions for letter creation, and shaded letters to trace for practice. It presents simplified letter forms, using multi-sensory methods to aid in the learning of motor skills necessary to write well. The character Mr. Meerkat is the book’s guide, making learning tasks Continue reading »

Draw Write Now

by Mary Ann Kelley

Draw Write Now is an eight-book series with step-by-step drawing instruction and short sentences for writing practice. Each Draw Write Now book is a unit study with 21 directed drawing lessons presented on two pages showing a colorful drawing, four sentences, and step-by-step drawing instructions. The units explore history, geography, natural science, and social studies. Continue reading »