What is Contained in the
Creation Reading Course
1. 1 Set - Three Readers
❏ First Reader - In The Beginning
❏ Second Reader - From Firmament to Seasons
❏ Third Reader - Abundantly Blessed
Each reader builds on the previous reader’s vocabulary and experiences in following the lessons, telling the story of creation in its fullness and purity. Beautiful original artwork helps the children comprehend the story meaning and gives a spring-board for discussion. Pictures are purposely not used for the phonograms or handwriting exercises. The letters themselves are the best pictures for efficient and streamlined learning of phonograms and handwriting. Cursive handwriting, and the true Spelling Rules contribute to logical understanding of each new word. Bible words are used for all the stories, but the sentences are so arranged that memorizing Genesis 1 will not alone enable the student to “read” them. No child is asked nor expected to read any word that he has not previously written and studied. Then, if he cannot remember a word, he has the tools he needs to decipher it on his own.
One kit is adequate to teach a classroom of children to provide teacher guidance, but you may want more supplies. A second or third kit would be convenient if you have teacher’s aids, or substitutes working with you. For multiple children at approximately the same level of accomplishment, each child should have his own Reader set. You may also need additional phonogram and word cards. When homeschooled children are “stair-step” in age they can usually pass the readers and cards to the next child if they are handled with care. A reader contains The Song of Creation to use as a choir songbook.
2. 1 Set - Four Teacher’s Guides
● Preparing for the Creation Reading Course (both teacher and student).
The Preparation Guide is most essential for the prospective teacher to study well before attempting to teach the course and will be used in following the course from beginning to end. Many find the information and new principles difficult to absorb by one careful pass. Plan on reading it at least twice. It includes the following and more:
Our philosophy – All the thrilling why’s, how’s and wherefore’s
Oral Lessons for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and afterward.
A suggested Schedule and Lesson Plans overview
Introductory Handwriting Lessons
An Appendix to be used during the whole course
There are 5 parts in the Appendix: (1) Suggested Nature and Art Activities to Coordinate with studies about Creation Week. (2) School Entrance Age (a discussion and study) (3) A Sample of the Student’s Notebook pages (4) Phonogram sounds listed in order of how-many-sounds each makes.
(5) The Spelling Rules.
● Lesson Plans for the First Reader
● Lesson Plans for the Second Reader
● Lesson Plans for the Third Reader
These Lesson Plans guide you in teaching the phonograms, singing, memory work, handwriting, word study, spelling, and reading. Reading material is both from the Reader and directly from the King James Version Holy Bible. The child learns Bible word usage and definitions, parts of speech, homophones, root words, derivatives, easily confused words, and much more through oral instruction.
3. 1 Set - Numeral and Alphabet Cards
There are 10 numeral cards with handwriting instructions on each. These are used for numeral recognition and drill, handwriting, and counting, mostly for the pre-school child since they are usually mastered early.
The alphabet cards are used for phonogram instruction and drill (along with the magnets and alphabet chart for various applications). The cards give all the sounds that each letter makes in the order of frequency of use. They include manuscript stroking instructions for the earliest introduction to lower-case manuscript handwriting. If parents do not know the alphabet phonograms, you need to learn them before attempting to teach this course. These cards are for you, too. Our Alphabet Phonogram You Tube will help in learning them. The “Sound It” phonogram card game, which is purchased separately, is for sociable drill on the alphabet phonograms in the family or classroom.
4. 1 Set - Multi-letter Phonogram Cards
The 69 multi-letter phonogram cards are for teaching and drilling on their sounds (and sometimes phrases) which are given on the backs of the cards along with sample words. We teach 95 phonograms in all. Seventy of them are basic–both alphabet and multi-letter. Our multi-letter and advanced phonogram YouTubes may help you learn these sounds, but card drill is wonderful for gaining and maintaining speed.
5. 1 Set - Word Cards
The word card set contains 161 cards. On the back is the syllabicated word which is marked to show features that need to be remembered for spelling. Applicable rules, homophones, easily confused words, root word, and derivatives are given for oral discussion. We use the word cards for quick word recognition, too. They may be used later in the course for alphabetization.
6. 3 Sets - Lower-case Magnetic Letters
★ Lower-case Book Print - for reading books
★ Lower-case Right-Handed orientation Cursive - for reading and handwriting
★ Lower-case Left-Handed orientation Cursive - for reading and handwriting
Pre-school children gradually learn to visually recognize both cursive and book print which prepares them for handwriting and reading. When using the magnets, give each student only the cursive orientation which accords with their own dominant hand. Few handwriting courses offer left-handed orientation guides and instruction, but we find that it is a great blessing to the left-handed, because they establish correct habits from the start, without confusion and distraction. By providing special consideration to both hand orientations, the children are motivated to progress and develop beautiful handwriting earlier than would be possible otherwise.
The magnets letters are for the children to sort and compare the two writing styles. It is good for their eyes to become accustomed to both book print and cursive and know that they are the same letter.
When handwriting begins, cursive magnet cards may be employed with oral stroking instructions for the single alphabet letters. (We do not dwell on manuscript and therefore only have the alphabet cards and Teacher’s Guide, Chapter 7, as resources for manuscript instructions.) Cursive is to be the child’s first handwriting and requires careful instruction, which pays off shortly.
7. 1 Copy - Sheet Music
Music score for “The Song of Creation” by Wayne Hooper includes one song for each day of creation week. The songs may also be sung in sequence together. It is appropriate for a children’s choir–a splendid idea whenever possible!
8. 1 CD - “The Song of Creation”
The CD is a helpful resource for all those who do not read music well, lack a piano, or are short on time to play and learn the song. Even those who play well may appreciate listening to it first. The song is an important aid for effective memorization of Genesis 1-2:3.
9. 1 Set - Special Instruction Sheets
These loose sheets are both for the teacher and students. They may be duplicated to provide as many copies as needed for your family or class. Included are slant sheets for handwriting, clocks in 3 orientations, checklists, lesson plan and record sheets, handwriting samples, capitalization rules, a phonogram summary, 4 dialog outlines, spelling rules, marking rules, and more. There are over 30 of sheets, each for a special purpose. After duplicating, store the original sheets as masters, and the copies in a loose-leaf notebook for each individual student and the teacher.