Monday, May 23, 2011

Reading Street - Homeschool Review

Product -  Scott Foresman Reading Street, books 2.1 and 2.2

Publisher -  Pearson

Subject - Language Arts - Reading and Writing

Age Group - Grade 2 (or remedial learning)

This is a set of 2 large books. Each one is around 450 - 480 pages long.  They are colorful, exciting and packed with plenty of interesting stories that teach and entertain at the same time. These are also traditional, heavy duty school books like the ones you see year- after- year in schools. They are top quality hardcover textbooks.

The Details

Book 2.1

- Contains 3 units: "Exploration;" "Working Together" and "Creative Ideas." Each unit has several stories, vocabulary lessons, activities, and assignments. There are also lessons from Science and Social studies that correlate with the stories.

One example of a story is on page 286, "A Turkey for Thanksgiving." The genre is animal fantasy. It is considered "fantasy" because, as we all know, animals don't really talk or act like people. But the story was cute. The Turkey ended up being a guest at the table which will make readers happy!  At the end of the story, there is a lesson about the first thanksgiving. You'll also see a grammar lesson and a quick writing assignment.

Book 2.2

- Contains 3 units. "Our Changing World;" "Responsibility" and "Traditions." Each section is a continuation of the first book. You'll find great stories, lessons, activities, etc.

I asked my student to share his favorite story. He really enjoyed "The Signmaker's Assistant," on page 268. The genre is humorous fiction. It is a cute story and a lot of fun to read. A young boy worked with an elderly signmaker. He learned all about signs such as -  Enter, Stop, and even advertising signs like "Good Food Restaurant."  The boy came up with an idea. He would make signs like "No School Today" and see if  people would obey the signs.  Some really funny things happened from there! Eventually, the boy learned his lesson and stopped his mischievous actions!   At the end of the story, you will find a discussion section, a short writing assignment, and fascinating ideas about signs in our everyday lives.

How it worked for us.

I used this with my dyslexic teenager, who is a struggling reader.  He loved these books.  If we had to run out on an errand, he happily grabbed one of these books. He read and he read and he read. He even enjoyed reading! If we were having quiet time here at home, he reached for Reading Street!

There are still many stories we haven't gotten to yet, but we plan to take our time going over the assignments and fun activities. I am really looking forward to spending plenty of time on this resource for many months to come.

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Sherri B. said...

Thanks for the info, my daughter is homeschooling also so I am emailing this.

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